The Daily Illini

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...

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...

Illinois women’s tennis unable to win pressure points

By Cole Henke

February 4, 2015

Illinois women’s tennis head coach Michelle Dasso said that the score of Tuesday’s match did not reflect how close it actually was. The Illini won just a single set and fell to No. 26 Kentucky, 4-0, in Lexington, Kentucky, in their first dual-match loss of the season. “This one hurts, but it will n...

Illinois women’s tennis moves past fall struggles

Illinois women’s tennis moves past fall struggles

By Cole Henke

December 16, 2014

In August, the Illinois women’s tennis coach Michelle Dasso said the fall season is really all just a preparation period for the spring season and Big Ten play. As the team heads into winter break, this still holds true for Dasso and her team. The team did not perform up to expectations toward the...

Illini women’s tennis finish fall season with mixed results

By Cole Henke

November 4, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team had to look outside of the win/loss column to see signs of improvement as it concluded its fall season. The team split up this weekend; four players traveled to the USTA Clay Court Invitational in Orlando, Florida, while the other four went to Purdue University for the Sch...

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

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

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...

Freshman adjusting well to college tennis

October 7, 2014

There were a few fresh faces for Illinois women’s tennis when it opened its fall season on Sept. 27. Freshmen Grace Tapak of Hinsdale, Ill., and Jade Hilton of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, made their debuts at the Notre Dame Invitational. Both came out of the weekend with winning records. Tapak fini...