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Illinois women’s tennis enjoys highs, learns from lows

By Thomas Donley

May 14, 2014

Despite Jesse Delgado bringing home another individual national championship for the Illinois wrestling team, head coach Jim Heffernan was still not satisfied with the season as a whole. The team has high expectations every season, and a 13th-place finish at the national tournament did not meet those goal...

Illinois women’s tennis bows out in Big Ten quarterfinals

Illinois women’s tennis bows out in Big Ten quarterfinals

By Thomas Donley

April 28, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team came into the Big Ten tournament feeling pressured to win at least two matches and keep their NCAA hopes alive. After breezing past Nebraska in the first round, the Illini failed to meet their goal, falling 4-2 to Purdue in the quarterfinals on Friday. “Now we just...

Illinois women’s tennis prepares for Big Ten tournament

By Thomas Donley

April 24, 2014

The spring of 2014 has been a roller coaster ride of sorts for the Illinois women’s tennis team. This weekend marks the end of that ride as the postseason starts Thursday morning with a match against Nebraska at the Big Ten tournament in Evanston, Ill. After starting the season 4-1 with its only loss a tigh...

Melissa Kopinski ends the season on a high note

Melissa Kopinski ends the season on a high note

By Thomas Donley

April 23, 2014

Editor’s note: The Daily Illini sports desk sits down Sunday nights and decides which Illinois athlete or coach is our Illini of the Week. Athletes and coaches are evaluated by individual performance and contribution to team success. After a humbling 4-3 loss to Iowa on April 12 to extend their losing str...

Illinois women’s tennis keeps tournament hopes alive

By Thomas Donley

April 21, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team entered the weekend needing to win both of its matches in order to stay alive in the hunt for the NCAA tournament. At Minnesota and Wisconsin, the Illini did just that, edging out the Gophers on Friday and handling the Badgers easily on Easter Sunday. Once again, the do...

Illinois women’s tennis to finish regular season on the road

By Thomas Donley

April 17, 2014

Following a 4-3 upset at the hands of Iowa on Saturday, the Illinois women’s tennis team had some soul-searching to do, so for two hours, they did just that.  Head coach Michelle Dasso had each team member speak for a minimum of five minutes about how they felt about the match and what they felt the...

Illinois women’s tennis says farewell to seniors, splits weekend

Illinois women’s tennis says farewell to seniors, splits weekend

By Thomas Donley

April 14, 2014

This past weekend was a tale of two matches for freshman Jerricka Boone and the Illinois women’s tennis team. Boone was the last Illini to finish in both matches over the weekend. Saturday, she came within two games of completing an Illini comeback against Iowa but fell short. Sunday, with the potentia...

Illinois women’s tennis seniors leave their mark

By Thomas Donley

April 10, 2014

In the fall of 2010, freshmen Allison Falkin and Misia Kedzierski made their debuts for the Illinois women’s tennis team. After four years of matches, practices, conditioning, road trips and team bonding, their journeys will start to come to a close Sunday when Falkin and Kedzierski take the court at A...

Illinois women’s tennis seeing double

By Thomas Donley

March 1, 2014

For the Illinois women’s tennis team this spring, the formula for success has been pretty straightforward: Win the doubles point, win the match; lose the doubles point, lose the match. While the situation may not be quite that simple, the importance of doubles cannot be understated. The Illini are...

Illini women’s tennis splits weekend against two top-25 teams

Illini women’s tennis splits weekend against two top-25 teams

February 3, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team lost its undefeated record to No. 23 Notre Dame this weekend but stole a win at home against No. 25 Texas Christian, putting them at 1-1 against top-25 teams this weekend. They were buoyed by a resurgent performance from an experienced player. Senior Allison Falkin droppe...

Illinois women’s tennis: Fall season in review

November 14, 2013

The 2013 fall season has come to an end for the Illinois women’s tennis team, and head coach Michelle Dasso is excited about the direction of the program as it heads toward spring. “I think we have a motivated team that’s working hard and getting along well,” Dasso said. “The chemistry is th...

Illini to close out fall season at Harvard

November 7, 2013

After a successful home weekend at the Midwest Blast tournament in Urbana, the Illinois women’s tennis team is looking to finish the fall season strong. The Illini will travel to Cambridge, Mass., to compete in the Harvard Invitational for their last tournament of the fall season. Brown and Boston...