The No. 19 Illini fell to No. 24 Notre Dame, 4-3, on Jan. 20 at the Atkins Tennis Center.
Senior 2012-13 Earned All-America honors in doubles for advancing to the NCAA Championships quarterfinals with Melissa Kopinski ... Along with doubles partner Melissa Kopinski became the first Illini All-American since Lindsey Nimmo in 1993 ... 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 Melissa Kopinski ... Won the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional doubles crown, along with partner Melissa Kopinski, in the fall season ... Along with Kopinski, beat four nationally ranked doubles opponents on the way to the quarterfinals at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships.
Junior 2011-12 Started the season ranked 67th in singles and climbed to No. 40 with Allison Falkin in doubles in early March ... Tallied a career-high eight doubles wins in conference play and went 20-13 overall, including 16 wins in dual action, while playing primarily at No. 2 ... Claimed 17 wins in singles, playing Nos. 4-6 ... Earned her career-first Big Ten Tennis Athlete of Week honor on Feb. 21 after knocking off the nation's third-ranked doubles tandem alongside Falkin ... Finished the season ranked eighth regionally with Falkin.
First-team All-Big Ten selection ... Voted co-Advantage Illinois Most Valuable Player with Amy Allin ... Led the team with a career-high 23 doubles wins, including 18 with Allison Falkin ... Alongside Falkin, defeated seven nationally ranked doubles teams, six of which were ranked in the top 40 ... Ranked second on the team with a career-best 18 singles wins ... Peaked at No. 92 in singles and at No. 9 in doubles with Falkin ... Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree.
Tallied 14 wins on the year, playing primarily at the Nos. 1 and 2 positions ... Debuted at No. 33 in the first national rankings of the spring ... Secured three wins over nationally ranked opponents ... Posted 18 doubles wins, including a 7-3 mark in Big Ten play ... Teamed up with Chelcie Abajian to record 10 wins, with six coming at the No. 2 spot ... Fighting Illini Female Newcomer of the Year finalist.
Juniors / High School
Coached by Geoff Gluck and Jeff Daube ... Claimed the state title in singles in 2006 and helped Deerfield to the team state title in 2005 and second-place finishes in 2006 and 2008 ... Member of the National High School All-American tennis team ... Selected all-state, all-conference, WGN News Athlete of the Week and Pioneer Press Athlete of the Year in 2006 ... Won the 2006 USTA Winter Super Nationals doubles championship and 2008 K-Swiss national tournament and National Cincinnati Open in USTA 18 and Under singles.
Born Rachael Zita White on April 27, 1991 ... Daughter of Tom and Barb White ... Has one younger sister, Lucy ... Majoring in recreation, sport and tourism ... Her favorite athlete is family friend Ian Kinsler ... Hobbies include playing all sports, hanging out with friends, shopping and going to the beach ... Names her parents for most influencing her athletic career because they always got her involved in playing many different sports ... Would possibly like to play pro tennis after college.
The White File Favorite movie: Home Alone Favorite TV show: True Blood Biggest sports team: Illini Women's Tennis Team Favorite food: Chocolate Pre-match ritual: Playing Just Dance on the Wii Favorite place on campus: Her apartment Favorite sport: "Volleyball Dream job: Working for Nike Favorite songs: "Daddy's Little Girl" by J Cole and "Mirror" by Lil' Wayne ft. Bruno Mars Favorite Disney movie: The Lion King
Season Overall Big Ten Overall Big Ten
2009-10 14-19 4-5 18-16 7-3
2010-11 18-16 6-4 23-17 6-4
2011-12 17-15 8-3 20-13 8-3
Total 49-50 18-12 61-46 21-10