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Kopinksi, Illini women’s tennis looks to bounce back in last fall tournaments

Illinois' Melissa Kopinski prepares to swing during the Midwest Tennis Regionals at Atkins Tennis Center on Friday, October 17.

October 30, 2014

Senior Melissa Kopinski and the Illinois women’s tennis team are looking for redemption this weekend. After a disappointing performance at the Midwest Regional two weeks ago, the Illini have turned their sights to their last fall competition. The team will be splitting up and going to two different to...

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' Jerricka Boone attempts to return the ball during the meet against Nebraska, at Atkins Tennis Center, on April 13, 2014. The Illini won 4-2.

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 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 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 drops matches at Michigan State and Michigan

By Thomas Donley

April 7, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team headed to the state of Michigan this weekend looking to extend its four-match winning streak, but returned home with a streak of a different kind after dropping matches to Michigan State and Michigan. Illinois (10-8, 3-4 Big Ten) took on Michigan State (16-5, 4-3) on Saturday in East...

Illinois women’s tennis keeping journals, keeping accountable

By Thomas Donley

April 3, 2014

Following losses to Northwestern and Purdue to open the Big Ten season, Illinois women’s tennis coach Michelle Dasso knew a change was needed. With the Illini sitting at 6-6 on the season, she was disappointed with her team’s uninspired effort and lack of leadership and decided to bring back a lit...

Illinois women’s tennis prepares for Southern Illinois, Indiana

By Thomas Donley

March 20, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team will return to the court for the first time in two weeks when they take on Southern Illinois at home this weekend in their final nonconference match of the regular season. The Illini will then host Indiana on Sunday.  Illinois (6-6, 0-2 Big Ten) has had two weeks ...

Illinois women’s tennis starts conference season 0-2

By Thomas Donley

March 10, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team dropped its first two matches of the Big Ten season this weekend, suffering a sweep at home at the hands of No. 8 Northwestern and losing 5-2 at Purdue. Saturday, Northwestern (8-3, 3-0 Big Ten) proved why it is ranked in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s top ...

Illinois women’s tennis to host Northwestern, travel to Purdue

By Thomas Donley

March 6, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team begins Big Ten play this weekend with matches against Northwestern and Purdue. The Illini will take on the Wildcats on Saturday at noon at Atkins Tennis Center before heading to Purdue for an 11 a.m. match Sunday. Illinois (6-4) will finally put its two-match winning streak o...

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...

Illinois women’s tennis faces Southern Illinois before conference play

By Thomas Donley

February 27, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team will take on Southern Illinois at the Atkins Tennis Center this Sunday to wrap up its nonconference schedule. The match was added to the schedule to make up for canceled matches against Wake Forest and Illinois-Chicago. Illinois is 6-4 in the spring after winning two of three match...

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