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    No. 33 Illini Solid in Opening Weekend
    Junior Marisa Lambropoulos was one of four Illini to tally a pair of singles wins on the weekend.

    Junior Marisa Lambropoulos was one of four Illini to tally a pair of singles wins on the weekend.

    Jan. 18, 2010

    ORLANDO, Fla. - The No. 33 Illini women's tennis team began its spring season this past weekend at the UCF Quad Tournament Jan. 16-18 in Orlando, Fla., facing opponents from No. 15 Florida State, No. 25 Alabama and host Central Florida. The Orange and Blue tallied 10 wins in singles and eight in doubles on the weekend.

    "Overall, it was an outstanding weekend," head coach Michelle Dasso said. "It served as great preparation for the tough teams we'll face next week and the rest of the year. I was very impressed with the team's competitiveness and the way they battled each match. We know what we need to work on and will take care of the little things. It was a very valuable experience."

    Several Illini picked up a pair of victories in singles including senior Megan Fudge, who swept No. 62 Francesca Segarelli (FSU), 7-5, 6-2 and Alexis Rodriguez (UCF), 6-1, 6-1, while sophomore Chelcie Abajian topped Jenna Doerfler (UCF), 6-2, 6-3 and Paulina Bigos (ALA), 6-3, 6-0, freshman Breanne Smutko defeated Allison Hodges (UCF), 6-3, 6-3 and Meritt Emery (ALA), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6) and junior Marisa Lambropoulos claimed matches over Taylor Dubins (UCF), 6-3, 7-5 and Antonia Foehse (ALA), 6-2, 6-4.

    In doubles action, the Illini claimed eight wins overall, including three when they teamed up with opponents from Alabama and Florida State.

    The Illini will hit the road once again this weekend to take on No. 11 Tennessee on Jan. 22 at 3 p.m. and No. 26 Virginia on Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.


    Saturday, Jan. 16
    Jenny Frisell/Katie Orletsky (UCF) def. Rachael White/Leigh Finnegan (ILL), 9-7
    Alexis Rodriguez/Jenna Doerfler (UCF) def. Chelcie Abajian/Marisa Lambropoulos (ILL), 9-7
    Megan Fudge/Breanne Smutko (ILL) def. Allison Hodges/Christy Core (UCF), 8-3
    Amy Allin/Annie McCarthy (ILL) def. Andrea Yacaman/Taylor Dubins (UCF), 8-3
    Alice Tunaru (ALA)/Kristina Minor (ILL) def. Amy Sargeant/Jessica Sucupira (FSU), 8-5

    Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. #33 Rachael White (ILL), 7-5, 6-3
    #23 Lauren McCreless (FSU) def. Leigh Finnegan (ILL), 6-2, 7-5
    Megan Fudge (ILL) def. #62 Francesca Segarelli (FSU), 7-5, 6-2
    Federica Suess (FSU) def. Marisa Lambropoulos (ILL), 6-1, 6-4

    Sunday, Jan. 17
    Jessica Sucupira (FSU)/Annie McCarthy (ILL) def. Andrea Yacaman/Christy Core (UCF), 8-3
    Alexa Guarachi/Courtney McLane (ALA) def. Rachael White/Chelcie Abajian (ILL), 8-5
    Megan Fudge/Kristina Minor (ILL) def. Paulina Bigos/Antonia Foehse (ALA), 8-4
    Alice Tunaru (ALA)/Amy Allin (ILL) def. Marisa Lambropoulos/Breanne Smutko (ILL), 8-4

    #33 Rachael White (ILL) def. Andrea Yacaman (UCF), 6-7 (2-7), 7-5, 6-4
    Megan Fudge (ILL) def. Alexis Rodriguez (UCF), 6-1, 6-1
    Chelcie Abajian (ILL) def. Jenna Doerfler (UCF), 6-2, 6-3
    Breanne Smutko (ILL) def. Allison Hodges (UCF), 6-3, 6-3
    Katie Orletsky (UCF) def. Amy Allin (ILL), 6-3, 6-4
    Marisa Lambropoulos (ILL) def. Taylor Dubins (UCF), 6-3, 7-5
    Federica Suess (FSU) def. Kristina Minor (ILL) 6-0, 6-4

    Monday, Jan. 18
    Rachael White/Marisa Lambropoulos (ILL) def. Lauren McCreless/Francesca Segarelli (FSU), 9-8 (7-1)
    Federica Suess/Katie Rybakova (FSU) def. Megan Fudge/Breanne Smutko (ILL), 8-4
    Chelcie Abajian/Kristina Minor (ILL) def. Christy Core/Andrea Yacaman (UCF), 8-4
    Taylor Dubins/Allison Hodges (UCF) def. Amy Allin/Annie McCarthy (ILL), 8-4

    Courtney McLane (ALA) def. #33 Rachael White (ILL), 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (10-7)
    #82 Alexa Guarachi (ALA) def. Megan Fudge (ILL), 6-2, 6-3
    Chelcie Abajian (ILL) def. Paulina Bigos (ALA), 6-3, 6-0
    Breanne Smutko (ILL) def. Meritt Emery (ALA), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6)
    Amy Allin (ILL) def. Alice Tunaru (ALA), 6-1, 6-4
    Marisa Lambropoulos (ILL) def. Antonia Foehse (ALA), 6-2, 6-4

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