Women's Tennis

Brianna Knue
Brianna Knue

Graduate Student

Western Springs, Ill.

High School:
Lyons Twp.



Senior 2005-06
Opened the season 4-1, including an appearance in the ITA Midwest Regional main draw Round of 32...The loss at the ITA event propelled the senior to win four straight matches at the Midwest Blast VII to finish the Fall season 7-2, including a perfect performance at the Midwest Blast VII where she went 3-0 in doubles and singles...Settled into the No. 3 singles position for the Illini, going 15-19 on the year and an 8-4 mark in Big Ten competition...teamed with Macall Harkins to go 10-7 in doubles, carding a 1-9 ledger in conference affairs...overall went 13-23 in doubles action, moving Knue into a tie for sixth all-time in career doubles wins with 76...honored by the team with the Strength and Conditioning and Fighting Illini Spirit awards...honored as a Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

<Junior 2004-05
Settled into the No. 4 singles spot and posted a 12-23 singles recorded and a 28-11 doubles record...Teamed with Maccall Harkins to go 28-9 with a team-best 76 percent doubles winning percentage... accumulated 28 doubles wins, the most by any Illini on the team in 2004-05...The feat ranks fifth all-time among Illini in doubles wins in a single season...Beat the No. 23- and No. 16-ranked doubles team with partner Harkins en route to the ITA Midwest Regional finals...Reached the flight A final round of the season opening Bronco Invitational at Western Michigan...The pair of Harkins/Knue received an ITA ranking of No. 58 in February of 2006...names Academic All-Big Ten.

Sophomore 2003-04
Began the season going 6-1 in singles...captured the Flight C title at the season-opening Bronco Invitational at Western Michigan...Settled into the No. 5 singles spot and won nine of her last 10 matches before having her season cut short due to injury...led the Illini to a 16-3 dual-match mark before her injury and...Turned a 4-8 doubles record with Emily Wang into a 14-12 season mark with a 10-4 audit down the stretch...Earned the Fighting Illini Spirit Award...Voted the team's Player to Watch in Spring 2004.

Freshman 2002-03
Started her college career 6-0 in singles...Won the singles flight championship in back-to-back appearances at the season-opening William & Mary Invitational and San Diego Fall Classic...Posted a 22-16 singles record and a 17-19 doubles mark on the season...Biggest win came against No. 36 Julie DeRoo of Duke...the victory propelled the Illini to their upset bid over the then top-ranked Blue Devils...Voted in Spring 2003 as the team's Player to Watch...George Huff Award winner for excellence in both academics and athletics.

Juniors/High School
2000 USTA National Open singles champion...Six-time USTA Super-national qualifier...All-state singles selection as a senior...All-state doubles selection as a junior...Received Chicago Tribune Athlete of the Week honors...Ranked as high as No. 13 in the USTA Midwest section (Girls 18's), and as high as No. 140 nationally...Ranked sixth in singles as a senior in the state of Illinois...Conference all-academic selection her senior campaign...Voted team MVP her final season...Was a two sport athlete, lettering four times in tennis, twice in track...Received the Sportsmanship award after qualifying for the 2002 CDTA competition.

Daughter of George and Jonell Knue...Has one brother, Jordan...Member of the National Honor Society at Lyons Twp. High School...also participated in the French, Math and Art honor societies... Volunteered at Hinsdale (Ill.) Hospital...Received the President's Academic Award for high academic achievement.



Season Overall Big Ten 2002-03 22-16 6-6 2003-04 20-9 6-2 2004-05 12-23 5-6 2005-06 15-19 3-8 Totals 69-67 20-22


Season Overall Big Ten 2002-03 17-19 6-6 2003-04 18-17 4-4 2004-05 28-11 7-4 2005-06 13-23 1-11 Totals 76-70 18-25