Illini Poised for Breakout Spring Season
Illini go 7-2 in doubles, 12-7 in singles play
Team goes 5-1 in both doubles and tiebreaks.
Tournament Runs Nov. 1-3; Admission is Free
Both remaining Illini Doubles Teams Advance to Quarterfinals
The No. 19 Illini fell to No. 24 Notre Dame, 4-3, on Jan. 20 at the Atkins Tennis Center.
First-team All-Big Ten selection ... Led the team win 19 singles wins overall and 15 in the dual season ... Went 6-2 at No. 1 singles ... Also led the team in conference wins, going 7-3 in the Big Ten ... Went 10-4 with Misia Kedzierski in dual-meet doubles, going 5-2 on courts Nos. 2 and 3 ... Ended the season ranked No. 6 in the Midwest Region in singles ... Advanced to the semifinals of the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional singles championship in the fall season.
Garnered first-team All-Big Ten recognition ... Ranked second on the team in singles wins with 18, including 13 in conference play, playing at Nos. 1 and 2 ... Earned a spot in the national singles rankings for the first time in her career, climbing as high as No. 92 before ending the year at No. 123 ... Reached No. 40 with junior Rachael White in the national doubles rankings and No. 8 in the Midwest Region ... Ended the year at No. 9 in the regional singles rankings ... Voted Most Improved by her teammates.
Ranked third on the team in singles wins (17) and second in doubles (22) ... Peaked at No. 9 in the national doubles rankings with teammate Rachael White ... Alongside White, defeated seven nationally ranked doubles teams, six of which were ranked in the top 40 ... Finished runner-up in doubles with White at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional Championships ... Selected Player to Watch by her teammates.
Three-year varsity letterwinner at Centennial High School ... 2010 Georgia High School Tennis Player of the Year ... Helped team reach the state finals in 2009 and 2010 ... Finished 45-5 for her career.
Born Allison May Falkin on August 14, 1992 ... Daughter of Mitch and Annemarie Falkin ... Has one younger sister, Amy ... Double majoring in psychology and linguistics ... Hobbies include soccer, puzzles and French ... Lists her biggest thrill in sports as the feeling of coming through in pressure situations ... Favorite athlete is Justine Henin because of her attitude on the court.
The Falkin File
Favorite movie: Pride and Prejudice
Favorite TV show: Seinfeld
Favorite sports team: Illini Women's Tennis Team
Favorite food: Curry chicken
Pre-match ritual: Blasting some Wyclef Jean or Josh Turner
Favorite place on campus: Engineering quad
Favorite sport: Soccer
Dream job: Cryptographer
Favorite singer: Lauryn Hill
Best memory as an Illini: Getting a 97 on her calculus exam
Actress who would play her in a movie: Keira Knightly
Favorite Disney movie: Pocahontas
Hidden talent: Rapping