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Illinois women’s tennis loses all 5 spring break matches

Illinois’ Jerricka Boone attempts to return the ball during a match against Indiana at Atkins Tennis Center on March 1 during the Illini’s 6-1 win against Indiana. 

March 30, 2015

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 confident heading into Northwestern match

Illinois' Louise Kwong serves the ball during the match against Indiana at Atkins Tennis Center, on March. 1. The Illini won 6-1.

By Jonathan Joffe

March 19, 2015

Despite historical trends not favoring the Illini, there’s lots of confidence within the Illinois women’s tennis program, which takes its recent success into Evanston, Ill., on Friday to face in-state rival Northwestern. The Illini are coming off of a 4-3 victory over South Florida, which brought t...

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’ Baillon impresses against former team

Illinois’ Melissa Kopinski prepares to return the ball during the meet against Illinois State at Atkins Tennis Center on Sunday. The Illini won 7-0.

By Cole Henke

January 26, 2015

The second half of a doubleheader for Illini women’s tennis Sunday featured Illinois’ sophomore transfer Madie Baillon taking on her old team, the Illinois State Redbirds. Baillon, who only played doubles in the second match, left no time for any nostalgia, as she and her partner Alexis Casati won ...

Illinois women’s tennis to face ISU and UIC Sunday

By Cole Henke

January 22, 2015

The Illinois women’s tennis team begins its spring dual match season with a doubleheader against two in-state teams on Sunday. UIC and Illinois State will make the trip to Champaign to face the Illini. The Illini look to use these two duals to get some momentum for the rest of the season. That being...

Illinois women’s tennis moves past fall struggles

Illinois’ Madie Baillon hits the ball back during the Midwest Tennis Regionals at Atkins Tennis Center on Oct. 17.

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...

Wooden racquet, memory of friend fuels tennis coach Dasso

Michelle Dasso and Terry Brown

By Cole Henke

December 3, 2014

An old wooden tennis racquet hangs on the wall in head coach Michelle Dasso’s office at Illinois’ Atkins Tennis Center. Dasso has carried the Wilson racquet with her for her entire tennis career. The padded handle is gone, the white paint worn at the bottom, but it is the fuel to her tennis fire....

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...

Illini women’s tennis unable to advance anybody past round of 16

October 21, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team had high hopes for the weekend’s USTA/ITA Midwest Regional at Atkins Tennis Center, but failed to capitalize on the home court advantage. The Illini had five players in the main draw of singles, in a field of 48 players from around the Midwest. Of the five, three ...

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

Illinois’ Louise Kwong during the meet against Nebraska, at Atkins Tennis Center, on April 13, 2014. The Illini won 4-2.

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 struggle at All-American pre-qualifier

September 30, 2014

The two players representing the Illini women’s tennis team had a rough time over the weekend at the ITA All-American pre-qualifier in Pacific Palisades, Calif. Senior Melissa Kopinski and sophomore Alexis Casati were unable to advance past the pre-qualifier stage in singles or doubles. Casati, in her f...

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