The Daily Illini

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 says farewell to seniors, splits weekend

Illinois' Allison Falkin attempts to return the ball during the meet against Nebraska, at Atkins Tennis Center, on Sunday. The Illini won 4-2.

By Thomas Donley

April 14, 2014

This past weekend was a tale of two matches for freshman Jerricka Boone and the Illinois women’s tennis team. Boone was the last Illini to finish in both matches over the weekend. Saturday, she came within two games of completing an Illini comeback against Iowa but fell short. Sunday, with the potentia...

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 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 takes win streak to Michigan State, Michigan

Illinois’ Alexis Casati returns the ball against Northwestern at Atkins Tennis Center, on March 8. The Illini look to continue their 4-game winning streak as they head to the state of Michigan this weekend.

By Thomas Donley

April 3, 2014

This weekend, the Illinois women’s tennis team will take its four-match winning streak to the Great Lakes State to take on Michigan State and No. 17 Michigan on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. After two crushing losses to Northwestern and Purdue, the Illini have rattled off wins in each of their la...

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 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 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 heads to Blue Gray Classic

By Thomas Donley

February 20, 2014

The Illinois women’s tennis team had its last scheduled match canceled due to snow, but the chances of that happening again this weekend are much slimmer as the Illini head to the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic in Montgomery, Ala., where the weather forecast calls for temperatures in the 60s and 7...

Illini to close out fall season at Harvard

November 7, 2013

After a successful home weekend at the Midwest Blast tournament in Urbana, the Illinois women’s tennis team is looking to finish the fall season strong. The Illini will travel to Cambridge, Mass., to compete in the Harvard Invitational for their last tournament of the fall season. Brown and Boston...