The No. 19 Illini fell to No. 24 Notre Dame, 4-3, on Jan. 20 at the Atkins Tennis Center.
Senior 2012-13 Academic All-Big Ten honoree ... Won 16 singles matches, good for second on the team ... Won 14 singles matches in dual play at Nos. 2-5 singles ... Went 2-0 at No. 2 singles ... Also won 10 doubles matches, including eight in dual play, all with partner Audrey O'Connor.
Junior 2011-12 Tallied 10 singles wins at Nos. 4-6 ... Reached as high as No. 27 alongside Chelcie Abajian in the national doubles rankings ... Captured seven doubles wins ... Academic All-Big Ten.
Ranked third on the team with 20 doubles wins, including 10 with teammate Chelcie Abajian ... Duo reached as high as No. 55 in the national rankings ... Recorded 12 singles victories, with seven coming in dual play ... Academic All-Big Ten.
In her debut season, tallied the second-best mark on the team with 22 wins overall, including 14 in dual matches ... Went 7-3 in Big Ten play ... Tied for the team lead with 24 doubles victories overall ... Teamed up with Marisa Lambropoulos to go 18-5 ... Finished 15-6 in doubles at the No. 3 spot ... Named Player to Watch by her teammates.
Juniors / High School
Coached by Gery Groslimond ... Four-year varsity letterwinner and four-time most valuable player selection for tennis ... Placed first in the Copperbowl in 2008 ... Graduated in the top four percent of her class.
Born Breanne Claire Smutko on May 31, 1991 ... Daughter of Jack and Karen Smutko ... Has an older brother, Jack...Her biggest thrill in tennis is being the last one playing on the court in a deciding match ... Favorite athlete is Rafael Nadal because he is very crafty, quick and smart on the court ... Credits her parents and coach Gery Groslimond with influencing her athletic career by supporting each and every one of her athletic decisions ... Plans after college include working as an engineer for a big-name company such as Disney.
The Smutko File Favorite movie: The Hangover Favorite movie quote: "It's where I keep all my things. Get a lot of compliments on this. Plus it's not a purse, it's called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one."- The Hangover Favorite TV show: 24 Favorite athlete: Derek Jeter Favorite sports team: New York Yankees Biggest sports thrill: Clinching a big tennis match Favorite food: Pizza, sushi Favorite Illini athlete: Scott Langley Pre-match superstitions: Warm up with a t-shirt/jacket over my match clothes Three words that describe me: Fiesty, Driven, Spontaneous Famous person I've met: Andy Roddick Top three songs on my iPod: "A Place for My Head", "Evacuate the Dance Floor", "Dirty Talk" Dream job: Engineer at Disney If I was on a reality show it would be: Jersey Shore Best memory as an Illini: When Megan Fudge clinched the match against Ohio State my freshman year
Season Overall Big Ten Overall Big Ten
2009-10 22-13 7-3 24-11 7-3
2010-11 12-17 4-6 20-9 5-3
2011-12 10-8 1-3 7-6 1-1
Total 44-38 12-12 51-26 13-7