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Illini prepare for ITA Kickoff Weekend Tournament

Illinois Alexis Casati attempts to return the ball during the match against Iowa at Atkins Tennis Center, on April 19, 2015. The Illini won 6-1.

By Tim Griffin

January 20, 2016

The Fighting Illini women's tennis team departs for Lubbock, Texas, this weekend to participate in the ITA Kickoff Weekend, where the Illini will play their third match of the Spring season against Virginia Tech.The Illini returned to campus Jan. 7 to compete in a two dual matches, defeating both E...

Illini women's tennis prepares for ITA Kickoff Weekend Tournament

By Tim Griffin

January 20, 2016

staff writerThe Fighting Illini women’s tennis team depart for Lubbock, Texas this weekend to participate in the ITA Kickoff Weekend where they will play their 3rd overall match of the season against Virginia Tech.The Illini returned to campus Jan. 7 in preparation for the Kick Off, as well as compe...

Illini women’s tennis team heads to Puerto Rico for season opener

Illinois' Louise Kwong attempts to return the ball during the meet against UIUC at Atkins Tennis Center on Jan. 25, 2015. The Illini won 7-0.

By Emma McGowen

September 24, 2015

The Illinois women’s tennis team left for Puerto Rico on Wednesday to open its season at the Puerto Rico Invitational, hosted by the University of Georgia. The tournament will start Friday, September 25, and last until Sunday, Sept. 27.The Illini will face three teams over the weekend, including th...

Clark bringing new perspective to Illinois women’s tennis

By Emma McGowen

September 21, 2015

After serving an eight-month stint as an assistant coach for the Illinois women’s tennis team, Evan Clark was named the interim head coach for the 2015-16 season.Prior to coming to Illinois, Clark was the head coach for the University of North Carolina-Wilmington women’s tennis team for two years, whe...

New leadership looking to break Illinois women's tennis out of tourney drought

Illinois' Alexis Casati reaches for a return during the tennis match v. Marquette at Atkins Tennis Center on Sunday, Feb. 15. Illinois won 5-2.

By Jonathan Joffe

August 17, 2015

The Illinois women’s tennis team will move forward under new leadership this season.Not only does it lose former All-American Melissa Kopinski — a team captain last year — to graduation, Michelle Dasso will not be retained as head coach by the University after two consecutive seasons in w...

Despite win streak, Illinois women’s tennis falls short of NCAAs

By Jonathan Joffe

May 10, 2015

After finishing last season just a single win shy of the NCAA tournament, the Illinois women's tennis team entered the spring with postseason hopes in mind.The team boasted a 7-4 record heading into spring break but lost all five matches during that week to come out of the break at 7-9. LBNevertheless, ...

Twin peaks: Kopinskis leave behind a mountain of achievements

Twin peaks: Kopinskis leave behind a mountain of achievements

By Christopher Kennedy

April 30, 2015

“Not again.” That’s what went through Tim Kopinski’s head when his twin sister Melissa decided to join him to play tennis at Illinois. Through junior tennis and high school, Tim had always been “Melissa’s brother” — constantly overshadowed by his sister. Tim would come home beaming wit...

Dream becomes reality for Illini women’s tennis’ Louise Kwong

Illinois’ Louise Kwong serves the ball during the match against Rutgers at Atkins Tennis Center, on April 5. 

April 22, 2015

Louise Kwong has grown up around tennis. The sophomore for the Illinois women’s tennis team started playing the game when she was five and began standing out around the age of 13 in her hometown of Toronto, Ontario. At that age she won the Canadian Nationals and placed fifth in the Junior Orange Bowl...

Illinois women’s tennis goes 3-0 during homestand

Illinois women’s tennis goes 3-0 during homestand

April 6, 2015

Heading into Thursday night’s match against No. 33 Long Beach State, the Illinois women’s tennis team was in the midst of a deflating five-game losing streak. At the conclusion of the weekend, the Illini are winners of three straight after defeating Long Beach State, in addition to sweeping Maryland o...

Illinois women’s tennis confident heading into Northwestern match

Illinois' Louise Kwong serves the ball during the match against Indiana at Atkins Tennis Center, on March. 1. The Illini won 6-1.

By Jonathan Joffe

March 19, 2015

Despite historical trends not favoring the Illini, there’s lots of confidence within the Illinois women’s tennis program, which takes its recent success into Evanston, Ill., on Friday to face in-state rival Northwestern. The Illini are coming off of a 4-3 victory over South Florida, which brought t...

Illinois women’s tennis bounces back against USF

By Jonathan Joffe

March 16, 2015

The Illinois women’s tennis team moved to 7-4 on the season with a win over South Florida on Sunday. The Illini, led by sophomore Louise Kwong and freshman Grace Tapak, defeated the Bulls 4-3. Illinois started hot in Tampa Bay, Fla., winning the doubles point after impressive performances at the N...

Freshman step up and Illini women’s tennis squeaks past San Jose State

By Cole Henke

February 9, 2015

Freshmen Grace Tapak and Jade Hilton were crucial in the Illini’s 4-3 win over San Jose State Spartans on Saturday at Atkins Tennis Center. The Illini started off strong, taking the doubles point from the Spartans with two 6-2 victories from the pairings of senior Melissa Kopinski and sophomore Louise Kwo...

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