Women's Tennis

Kristina Minor
Kristina Minor


Mundelein, Ill.

High School:
Carmel Catholic



Senior 2009-10
Posted a 9-5 overall record in singles play ... Went 8-6 in doubles ... Tallied five with teammate Christine Stromberg ... Earned her third career Brianna Knue Fighting Illini Spirit award as voted on by her teammates ... Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Junior 2008-09
Sidelined with a wrist injury during the fall, she was a solid contributor during the dual season, finishing the season 16-8 overall ... Clinched the team's 4-3 victory over No. 19 Vanderbilt in the first round of the NCAA tournament ... Saw action at Nos. 4, 5, and 6 positions ... Best results came at No. 6 singles, going 10-6 ... Went 3-2 in conference play ... Posted a 3-0 mark in doubles play with two partners, Shivani Dave and Annie McCarthy ... Received the Brianna Knue Fighting Illini Spirit Award voted on by her teammates ... Academic All-Big Ten selection.

Sophomore 2007-08
A solid contributor to the Illini lineup, finishing the season 18-11 overall ... Saw action at Nos. 4, 5 and 6 ... Top outings came at No. 6 singles, going 7-3 in conference play ... Went 9-14 in doubles play with a combined five partners ... Partnered up with Annie McCarthy in the conference doubles season as the duo went 3-7 in conference play.

Freshman 2006-07
Had a breakout season as a freshman, carding an overall record of 14-19 in singles ... Played primarily at No. 4 singles, going 4-11, but saw time at No. 5 singles as well ... Went 14-18 in doubles with a combined three partners ... Her best doubles success came with partner Momei Qu as the pair carded an 11-15 mark on the season, 4-6 in the Big Ten at No. 3 doubles ... Finished the year 7-6 in tournament play ... Had a four-match win streak in singles from Oct. 19-Nov. 4 ... Reached the singles finals of the Midwest Blast ... Participated in the 2006 Midwest Regionals, falling in the qualifying round of 64 ... Received the Fighting Illini Spirit Award as voted on by her teammates ... ITA Scholar-Athlete selection.

Juniors/High School
At Carmel Catholic, earned three varsity letters in tennis after taking her junior year off to play in USTA and ITF tournaments ... Has been coached by Mark Bey (CARE Academy) and Nancy Fehn (high school) ... Awarded the 2005 East Suburban Catholic Conference (ESCC) MVP honor ... In 2002 and 2005, received the Carmel High School Tennis MVP accolade ... In 2004, won the Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA) Qualifier Championship and was tabbed CARE Academy Most Improved Player ... ESCC champion in singles in 2002 and 2005 ... 2005 Jr. Wightman Cup CDTA team finished second in the Midwest ... Member of the National Honors Society ... During the 2003 season, grabbed the Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA) honor and USTA-Midwest Section Sportsmanship Award ... Awarded the Carmel Athlete-Scholar award and graduated Cum Laude ... A member of the honor roll from 2002-06.

Born Kristina Marie Minor on Dec. 30, 1988 ... Daughter of Kevin and Michelle Minor ... Has two sisters, Jasmine and Brienne, who both play USTA tennis ... Her past summer jobs include being a tennis instructor at the Grayslake Park District ... Started tennis late at the age of 12, but since then has qualified and played in every USTA supernational tournament she has entered ... Plans to attend Brown Law School, become a lawyer and eventually run for senator after graduation ... Her biggest thrill in sports is winning the deciding match for her team ... Credits her parents for being the most influential people in her athletic career because they got her started in the game and kept supporting her through every stage of her development.

The Minor File
Favorite Food: Raspberries
Favorite Athlete: James Blake
Biggest Sports Thrill: Winning the deciding match against Ohio State at Big Ten's to make it to the NCAA Tournament
Something most people don't know about me: I was voted best laugh in 8th grade.
Sport I'd play if I wasn't a tennis player: Volleyball
Favorite Campus Hangout: Chipotle
Three words that describe me: Down-to-earth, Outgoing, Eclectic
Favorite Class at Illinois: Creative Writing 106
What's on your I-Pod: I'm a music junkie-everything from Spice Girls to Linkin Park to Lil' Wayne and Prince
Why Illinois? I love the people and the school spirit. Plus, I'm getting a good education.

Career Statistics

Singles Doubles Season Overall Big Ten Overall Big Ten 2006-07 14-19 3-7 14-18 4-6 2007-08 18-11 7-3 9-14 3-5 2008-09 16-18 3-2 3-0 0-0 2009-10 9-5 1-0 8-6 0-0 Total 57-53 14-12 34-38 7-11