Illini split the weekend, losing to Notre Dame, but winning against TCU
Feb. 2, 2014
URBANA, Ill.- The Fighting Illini women's tennis team defeated No. 25 TCU 6-1 Sunday at the Atkins Tennis Center. The Illini only dropped one match to the Horned Frogs, sweeping in doubles. TCU defaulted on their No. 6 matchup, giving a point to Illinois to start the singles matches.
"We would have liked to go 2-0 this weekend, but it was a heck of a battle on Friday and a gutsy performance today," said head coach Michelle Dasso. "I think it helps when you get an extra point, but the rest of the matches we had to stay focused."
In doubles, the Fighting Illini quickly swept TCU for the point. Alexis Casati and Melissa Kopinski defeated Mimi Fotopoulos/Sofiko Kadzhaya 6-2, Falkin and Boone beat Stefanie Tan/Monika Sirilova 6-3, and Kedzierski and Kwong defeated Seda Arantekin/Tatum Nowlin 6-2.
In singles, Allison Falkin was the first to be done, beating Sofiko Kadzhaya 6-3, 6-1. Casati followed closely behind, beating Seda Arantekin 6-2, 6-2. Melissa Kopinski was the only Illini to drop a match, battling against Mimi Fotopoulos in a match that came down to a 12-10 tiebreak.
"This coming weekend is going to be big for us with two away matches at Oklahoma and Wichita State," said Dasso. "It's going to be a quick week and we've just got to stay focused and healthy to lay it on the line next weekend."
The Orange and Blue will return to action next weekend when they head to Oklahoma on Saturday, Feb. 8 and Wichita State on Sunday, Feb. 9.
Illinois 6, TCU 1
1. Mimi Fotopoulos (TCU) def. Melissa Kopinski (ILL) 6-4, 2-6, 12-10
2. # Allison Falkin (ILL)) def. Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Alexis Casati (ILL) def. Seda Arantekin (TCU) 6-2, 6-2
4. Misia Kedzierski (ILL) def. Monika Sirilova (TCU) 7-5, 6-4
5. Jerricka Boone (ILL) def. Tatum Nowlin (TCU) 6-4, 6-6 (7-5)
1. Melissa Kopinski/Alexis Casati (ILL) def. Mimi Fotopoulos/Sofiko Kadzhaya (TCU) 6-2
2. Allison Falkin/Jerricka Boone (ILL) def. Stefanie Tan/Monika Sirilova (TCU) 6-3
3. Misia Kedzierski/Louise Kwong (ILL) def. Seda Aratekin/Tatum Nowlin (TCU) 6-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,3,5,4,1)