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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, ...

Illinois women’s tennis returns to Atkins for three-game homestand

Illinois women’s tennis returns to Atkins for three-game homestand

April 2, 2015

The Illinois women’s tennis team is desperate for a win. So much so that head coach Michelle Dasso is making changes in practice in hopes of resolving the issues surrounding the team. The Illini return to the Atkins Tennis Center for a three-game homestand beginning on Thursday against No. 33 Long Beach...

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...

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...

Women’s tennis plans to make the most of home court advantage

Women’s tennis plans to make the most of home court advantage

October 16, 2014

Home court advantage will strongly favor the Illinois women’s team at this year’s USTA/ITA Midwest Regional. It will be held at the Atkins Tennis Center starting Thursday. Victory at the regional for any Illini means advancing to the USTA/ITA Indoor National Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York...

Kopinski and Casati head to All-American pre-qualifier

Kopinski and Casati head to All-American pre-qualifier

September 25, 2014

Two players from the Illini women’s tennis team were selected to compete in the All-American pre-qualifier tournament in Pacific Palisades, Calif. this weekend.  Senior captain Melissa Kopinski and sophomore Alexis Casati will be competing separately in the singles bracket as well as working togeth...

USA Basketball makes mistake with World Cup roster

USA Basketball makes mistake with World Cup roster

August 27, 2014

The FIBA World Cup won’t cause as much excitement throughout the planet as much as the FIFA World Cup, but USA’s final roster choices have caused quite the chatter. After a 112-86 win in an exhibition against Puerto Rico Friday night, USA Basketball announced the final 12-man roster that will repr...

Illinois women’s tennis wins four straight on homestand

By Thomas Donley

March 31, 2014

With a 4-3 victory over Ohio State on Sunday, the Illini (10-6, 3-2) rose above .500 in Big Ten play for the first time this spring and saw its winning streak reach four matches.  “It feels good,” said junior Melissa Kopinski. “Every year we always start with tough teams in the Big Ten. It’s ...

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...

Pair of freshmen start strong for Illini women’s tennis

February 13, 2014

NCAA basketball is best known for being a sport with competitive freshmen, but a couple of the members of the Illinois women’s tennis team are contributing on the court in a way that is unusual in women’s tennis. Through seven matches, freshmen Alexis Casati and Louise Kwong sport a combined singles ...

Illinois women’s tennis ends road trip winless

By Thomas Donley

February 10, 2014

Only Montse B. Fernandez of Wichita State stood between Julia Jamieson and a weekend split for the Illinois women’s tennis team. Jamieson came up short, though, falling in two sets, and the Illini ended their weekend road trip to Oklahoma and Wichita State winless, while battling sickness and injuri...

Illini struggle in early season test in Hawaiian tournament

January 21, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team found welcoming beaches and high temperatures when they arrived in Maui for the annual Hawaii exhibition tournament. The opponents they faced were not nearly as welcoming. This was the first trip for the team as a whole, and the Illini finished 11-20 in individual play...

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