Women's Tennis
Illini Best Salukis 6-1

The Illini return to action Sunday against Indiana at 11 am at the Atkins Tennis Center.
The Illini return to action Sunday against Indiana at 11 am at the Atkins Tennis Center.

March 21, 2014


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini women's tennis team played their first outdoor match of the season against Southern Illinois this evening, besting the Salukis 6-1.

"Today was exciting because we got to play outside," said head coach Michelle Dasso. "It wasn't the most ideal conditions but that's part of it. We get a lot of wind and I think we will be playing in that type of wind later this season. I think playing outside in those conditions is going to help us."

It was a close doubles point, with SIU and Illinois battling in all three matches. Melissa Kopinski and Alexis Casati played the first match done, defeating Monaghan/Tomishima 8-6. The Illini clinched the doubles point with a win from Julia Jamieson and Audrey O'Connor at 3 doubles, also winning 8-6. Allison Falkin and Misia Kedzierski did not finish their match.

In singles, Kedzierski set the tone early, finishing 6-1, 6-0 over Ariadna Cairo Baza. Kopinski was second to finish 6-0, 6-2. Louise Kwong began the match with a nailbiter, taking her opponent to 7-5 and finishing her match with a 6-4 set. Casati also had a tight set, going 6-2, 7-6 in the 1 position against Natasha Tomishima. Jerricka Boone took Polina Dozortseva to 3 sets, finally winning 6-4, 5-7, 1-0. Emily Baretta was the one loss for the Illini, falling in her third set to finish 6-4, 4-6, 0-1.


Illinois 6, Southern Illinois 1


1. Alexis Casati (ILL) def. Natasha Tomishima (SIU) 6-2, 7-6

2. Melissa Kopinski (ILL) def. Anita Lee (SIU) 6-0, 6-2

3. Louise Kwong (ILL) def. Meagan Monaghan (SIU) 7-5, 6-4

4. Jerricka Boone (ILL) def. Polina Dozortseva (SIU) 6-4, 5-7, 1-0

5. Misia Kedzierski (ILL) def. Ariadna Cairo Baza (SIU) 6-1, 6-0

6. Gisela Cairo Baza (SIU) def. Emily Barretta (ILL) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0



1. Kopinski/Casati (ILL) def. Monaghan/Tomishima (SIU) 8-6

2. Falkin/Kedzierski (ILL) vs. Lee/Dozortseva (SIU) 6-5 DNF

3. Jamieson/O'Connor (ILL) def. Cairo Baza/Cairo Baza (SIU) 8-6


Order of Finish:

Singles: 5, 2, 1, 3, 4, 6

Doubles: 1, 3