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
Plays Monday at 9:30 a.m. in Ann Arbor
Rachael White and Melissa Kopinski fell to Sabrina Santamaria and Kaitlyn Christian of USC.
Rachael White and Melissa Kopinski defeated Whitney Ritchie and Hermon Brhane of Oklahoma, 6-4, 7-6(5).
Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White defeated South Carolina's Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova, 6-0, 7-6(5).
The No. 19 Illini fell to No. 24 Notre Dame, 4-3, on Jan. 20 at the Atkins Tennis Center.
Earned All-America honors in doubles for advancing to the NCAA Championships quarterfinals with Rachael White ... Along with doubles partner Rachael White became the first Illini All-American since Lindsey Nimmo in 1993 ... Second-team All-Big Ten selection ... Collected 28 doubles wins on the year, the seventh-most in school history ... Ended the season ranked No. 15 in the nation and No. 2 in the Midwest Region in doubles with partner Rachael White ... Ended the year ranked No. 11 in the Midwest Region in singles ... Won the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional doubles crown, along with partner Rachael White, in the fall season ... Along with White, beat four nationally ranked doubles opponents on the way to the quarterfinals at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.
Garnered first-team All-Big Ten recognition ... Voted Advantage Illinois Most Valuable Player and Player to Watch by her teammates ... Led the squad with a 23-9 mark overall in singles, including a team-best 17-6 dual record, while playing primarily at Nos. 2 and 3 ... Cracked the national singles rankings, ending the year at a career-high No. 121 ... Led the team in doubles wins, going 23-8 overall and 15-4 alongside Lambropoulos with whom she reached as high as No. 42 in the nation ... Finished the year ranked seventh in the Midwest Region and fifth alongside Lambropolous ... Made her debut at the No. 1 singles spot at the Big Ten Tournament.
Graduated from Amos Alonzo Stagg High School ... Selected to all-conference, all-section and All-State teams as a freshman ... Captured the 2010 USTA National Open Girl's 18 singles title in St. Louis ... Coached by Tom Lockhart.
Born June 2, 1993 ... Daughter of Jan and Zofia Kopinski ... Majoring in community health: health planning and administration ... Twin brother Tim plays for the Illini men's tennis team, marking the first time in Illinois history that twins have played on both tennis squads ... Lists her biggest thrill in sports as winning the 2001-02 Peewee Hockey title in the Oak Lawn House League Championship.
The Kopinski File
Favorite movie: Indiana Jones Trilogy
Favorite quote: "Adversity causes some men to break; others to break records." - William Arthur Ward
Favorite TV show: Dexter
Favorite sports team: Pittsburgh Penguins
Favorite food: A good steak
Pre-match ritual: Eating a banana
Favorite place on campus: Illini Ice Arena
Favorite sport: Hockey
Dream job: Manage a professional hockey team
Favorite song: "Penguin" by Avicii
Favorite singer: Brandon Flowers
Best memory as an Illini: Getting first win at Duke Invite
Actress who would play her in a movie: Katherine Heigl
Favorite Disney movie: The Lion King
Hidden talent: Telepathy with Tim, her twin brother, who also plays tennis for the Illini
Favorite superhero: Iron Man