Women's Tennis

Jennifer McGaffigan
Jennifer McGaffigan


Davenport, Iowa

High School:





• Went 12-5 in four professional tournaments, earning her first 4 1/2 WTA points and a 973 world ranking
• Won 2002 ITA national summer circuit doubles championship with her sister, Katie, who plays at Wisconsin
• Won ITA Midwest Regional doubles championship along with Michelle Webb; qualified for ITA National Indoors
• Made the NCAA Tournament field; reached Round of 16 in doubles with Webb
• She and Webb set the Illinois record for most doubles wins in a season: 31
• Won the team's Fighting Illini Spirit award
• Top singles win came against 15th-ranked Amanda Johnson in Illinois' upset of No. 1-ranked Duke
• Top doubles win came with Michelle Webb against 5th-ranked Melissa Schaub and Vilmarie Castellvi of Tennessee in the Round of 32 at the NCAA Doubles


• Won 2001 ITA summer circuit national singles championship, as well as tournament titles at Michigan and Ohio State
• Competed in ITA All-American tournament where she topped 12th ranked Anne Nguyen of Georgia, 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (3)
• Qualified for the NCAA tournament, becoming the first Illini to do so since Lindsey Nimmo in 1993
• Nationally ranked in singles throughout the year, ascending as high as No. 38 and finishing the year at No. 57
• Played at No. 1 singles, compiling 24-16 overall record while going 6-4 in Big Ten play
• Registered a 6-4, 6-2 decision over Janet Bergman of Wake Forest who was ranked 12th nationally
• Competed at Nos. 1 and 2 doubles and finished 17-16 overall and 6-5 in Big Ten matches
• Ended the campaign ranked 2nd regionally in singles
• Reached quarterfinals of Milwaukee Tennis Classic
• Earned All-Big Ten honors for the second year in a row
• Collected George Huff award for athletic and academic excellence
• Earned Academic All-Big Ten honors
• Voted squad's MVP for the second consecutive time
• Won team's strength and conditioning award


• Soon before arriving at Illinois, she played with current teammate Michelle Webb and won the doubles title at the Indiana University summer circuit tournament
• Reached the singles finals of both the University of Michigan and Ohio State University 2000 summer circuit tournaments
• She and classmate Tiffany Eklov tied for the team lead with 10 singles wins in the fall (both had 10-5 marks)
• Posted a 7-5 fall doubles record
• Made it to the main draw singles final at the season-opening New Mexico Invitational
• Took third place in the main draw singles at the Midwest Blast in Champaign
• All-time winningest UI freshman with 30 singles victories (30-18 record); holds the No. 4 spot on the all-time Illini single-season wins list
• Ranked as high as No. 80 nationally in singles
• Competed with six different partners to post a 27-15 doubles mark
• Illinois' first Big Ten Freshman of the Year
• Illinois' first freshman to earn All-Big Ten honors
• Picked as the ITA Region IV Rookie of the Year
• Voted team MVP and also the Player to Watch
• Chosen the UI Female Co-Newcomer of the Year along with track star Susanna Kallur


• Ranked No. 1 in Missouri Valley area in 1998-99 (Girls' 18's)
• Won state doubles title with sister, Katie, in 1999
• Won state doubles title with sister, Laura, in 2000
• Helped high school team to four consecutive state titles
• Ranked as high as No. 38 in the nation as a junior


• Born Nov. 21, 1981
• Parents are Bill and Barb McGaffigan
• Both parents played college tennis at Catholic University of America
• Member of National Honor Society
• Has three sisters: Katie (18), Laura (16) and Chrissie (11)



Season Overall Big Ten 2000-01 30-18 9-3 2001-02 24-16 6-4 2002-03 21-14 6-6 Totals 75-48 21-13


Season Overall Big Ten 2000-01 27-15 11-2 2001-02 17-16 6-5 2002-03 31-8 8-3 Totals 75-39 25-10