Women's Tennis


Leigh Finnegan
Leigh Finnegan

Class:
RS Senior

Hometown:
Wilmington, Del.

High School:
Tower Hill School

Height:
5-6

Birthdate:
01/22/1988

04/23/2008

Illinois vs. Minnesota

Illinois vs. Minnesota

RS-Senior 2010-11
Missed the entire fall season and early dual matches due to injury ... Recorded seven wins in singles and 11 in doubles ... Received the team's Scholar-Athlete Award...Academic All-Big Ten.

RS-Junior 2009-10
Tallied a 16-12 overall record and 8-2 mark in Big Ten play ... Went 7-1 at the No. 4 spot ... Opened the fall season ranked No. 78 nationally in singles ... After missing four straight matches in early February due to injury, came back to win 12 of her next 13 matches ... Secured 14 doubles wins, including eight with teammate Megan Fudge ... Ranked as high as No. 46 during the spring season with Fudge ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

RS-Sophomore 2008-09
First-team All-Big Ten selection ... Received the Most Valuable Player Award voted on by her teammates ... Posted a 21-13 overall singles record and a 7-3 record in conference play ... Started off the year with a 6-2 record in the fall ... Posted a 3-0 record at the 2008 Midwest Blast, becoming part of the Midwest Blast All-Tournament Team ... Opened the spring ranked No. 7 in the Midwest Region ... Went 19-18 in doubles with two partners ... Teamed with Chelcie Abajian in dual play at the Nos. 1 and 2 doubles spots, primarily at the No. 1 spot (7-10) ... Garnered a No. 105 ranking in the final ITA singles poll ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

RS-Freshman 2007-08
A worthy competitor for the Illini in 2008 finishing the year 11-14 ... Saw action at Nos. 1 and No. 2 singles, but primarily played at No. 2 singles (10-8) ... Posted a 5-5 mark in Big Ten matches ... Teamed with Megan Fudge to produce her best results in overall doubles play with a 12-13 record ... During Big Ten Play, partnered with Marisa Lambropoulos to go 4-5 at No. 2 doubles ... Named Player to Watch by teammates.

Freshman 2006-07
Sustained a season-ending foot injury at the end of the fall semester ... Before the injury, went 5-6 in singles matches ... Finished 7-4 in doubles competitions with partner Megan Fudge ... Earned a finals appearance in the doubles draw of the Midwest Blast ... Started the season 3-0 in doubles matches with Fudge ... Participated in the 2006 Midwest Regionals, falling in the round of 16 of singles.

Juniors/High School
In 2003-05, was the Delaware state champion at Tower Hill High School ... A four-time all-state selection ... Named the state's Player of the Year from 2003-05 ... Went undefeated in her prep tennis career ... A two-sport athlete at Tower Hill, where she was a member of the field hockey state championship team in 2004 and 2005 ... In 2004, Finnegan received a USTA ranking of No. 10 in the 16-and-under division ... Most recently, ranked as high as No. 38 by the USTA in 18-and-unders ... In the last year, had a successful summer reaching the doubles final and the singles semifinal at the National Open in Tallahassee, Fla.

Personal
Born Leigh Elizabeth Finnegan on Jan. 22, 1988 ... Daughter of Michael and Cindy Finnegan ... Has one sister, Jordan ... Hobbies include hanging out with her friends and listening to music ... Names Jennifer Capriati as her favorite athlete because of her determination and fighting spirit ... Past summer jobs include giving tennis lessons ... Plans on pursuing a career in professional tennis after graduation ... Credits her parents as the most influential people in her life because they provided her with every opportunity to succeed.

The Finnegan File
Favorite movie: The Hangover
Favorite TV show: The Office
Favorite athlete: Jayson Werth
Favorite sports team: Philadelphia Phillies
Biggest sports thrill: Winning four individual and team state championships
Favorite food: Goldfish
Favorite Illini athlete: Chris DeForest
Pre-match superstitions: Wearing my lilly pads
Famous person I've met: Andre Agassi
Top three songs on my iPod: "Teenage Dream," "Just the Way You Are," "Halfway Gone"
Dream Job: Working for Nike in sports marketing or HR
Best memory as an Illini: Hosting the NCAA regional

Career Statistics

Singles Doubles Season Overall Big Ten Overall Big Ten 2006-07 5-6 0-0 7-4 0-0 2007-08 11-14 5-5 16-21 4-6 2008-09 21-13 7-3 19-18 5-5 2009-10 16-12 8-2 14-17 7-3 2010-11 7-8 2-5 11-8 2-7 Total 60-53 22-15 67-68 18-21

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