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

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

By Jonathan Joffe

August 17, 2015


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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...

Michelle Dasso no longer women's tennis head coach

By Daily Illini Staff Report

August 7, 2015


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Illinois has declined to renew Michelle Dasso's contract and she will not be returning as the women's tennis headcoach, the University announced Wednesday. "We appreciate and thank Michelle for her nine years of service to the University of Illinois and the women’s tennis program." Athle...

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

By Jonathan Joffe

May 10, 2015


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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


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“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...

Illinois women’s tennis falls to Northwestern in Big Ten tournament

Illinois women’s tennis falls to Northwestern in Big Ten tournament

April 27, 2015


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The Illinois women’s tennis team wanted revenge against Northwestern after the Illini lost to them 6-1 on March 20. An upset was in the works on Friday in Evanston, Illinois, during the Big Ten Tournament opener, but Illinois’ bid fell short in a 4-3 decision. The loss marks the end of the Illini...

Illini women’s tennis extends winning streak to seven games

April 20, 2015


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The Illinois women’s tennis team has been rolling since the beginning of April, and that momentum didn’t stop this weekend. Illinois defeated Nebraska 6-1 on Saturday and Iowa on Sunday by the same score to extend its winning streak to seven games and finish the season 14-9. Saturday’s match was ...

Illinois women’s tennis stays hot, picks up fifth-straight win

Illinois women’s tennis stays hot, picks up fifth-straight win

April 13, 2015


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The Illinois women’s tennis team won both of its road matches this weekend, proving that the team can sustain success away from its home court. Illinois moved to 12-9 on the season after defeating Wisconsin 5-2 on Friday and Minnesota 5-2 on Sunday. Despite a win in doubles on court one from the tandem of senior Mel...

Tennis hits the road on a hot streak

Tennis hits the road on a hot streak

April 9, 2015


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The Illinois women’s tennis team has had an up-and-down season with a 10-9 record, but don’t tell the players that. The Illini are as confident as ever as they head out of town this weekend. The last time the team hit the road they lost five straight. The difference now is that Illinois is on a three-ga...

Illinois women’s tennis goes 3-0 during homestand

Illinois women’s tennis goes 3-0 during homestand

April 6, 2015


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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 returns to Atkins for three-game homestand

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

April 2, 2015


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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...

Illinois women’s tennis loses all 5 spring break matches

Illinois women’s tennis loses all 5 spring break matches

March 30, 2015


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The Illinois women’s tennis team boasted a 7-4 record­ going into spring break but went on to lose five straight matches on four different road trips. The team now stands at 7-9 and head coach Michelle Dasso admitted that the spring break matches did not go as planned. “Spring break was painful,...

Illinois women’s tennis bounces back against USF

By Jonathan Joffe

March 16, 2015


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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...

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