Illini Defeat Ohio State 4-3
March 30, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Fighting Illini women's tennis went 2-0 this weekend, defeating Ohio State this Sunday in a close 4-3 match. The Illini struggled a bit after capturing the doubles point, but clinched the victory with wins from Louise Kwong and Jerricka Boone.
"Today was a gritty win and we are so proud of the teams' effort all weekend," said head coach Michelle Dasso. " Louise did an excellent job of remaining poised in another pressure filled situation to clinch the win for us. The doubles point was pivotal and confidence is growing with each team victory."
The Illini confidently won the doubles point starting with a quick win from Kwong and Boone over OSU's Becker and Niehaus, 8-4. Misia Kedzierski and Allison Falkin struggled today as a doubles team, falling to De Santis and Kowase 8-5. Melissa Kopinski and Alexis Casati brought the doubles point home, echoing the No. 3 duo's 8-4 win.
Singles play was tight, as the two teams traded points nearly up until the end. Casati was the first Illini to go down, blanking against the Buckeye's Kowase. Kopinski fought back for the Illini, defeating Niehaus 6-0, 6-4. Boone followed suit with a 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Malley. Kedzierski fell to O'Neill 7-5, 7-5 to put the match at 3-2. Kwong sealed the deal for the Orange and Blue with her 6-4, 7-5 win over OSU's Flower. Falkin's match was the last to finish, where she fell to De Santis 3-6, 7-6, 6-0.
The Illini return to action next weekend when they will take on Michigan State and Michigan on April 5 and 6, respectively.
Illinois 4, Ohio State 3
#1 - De Santis (OSU) def. Falkin (ILL), 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-0
#2 - Kowase (OSU) def. Casati (ILL), 6-0, 6-0
#3 - Kopinski (ILL) def. Niehaus (OSU), 6-0, 6-4
#4 - Kwong (ILL) def. Flower (OSU), 6-4, 7-5
#5 - Boone (ILL) def. Malley (OSU), 1-6, 6-2, 6-2
#6 - O'Neill (OSU) def. Kedzierski (ILL), 7-5, 7-5
Order of finish: 2, 3, 5, 6, 4, 1
#1 - Kopinski/Casati (ILL) def. Malley/O'Neill (OSU), 8-4
#2 - De Santis/Kowase (OSU) def. Kedzierski/Falkin (ILL), 8-5
#3 - Kwong/Boone (ILL) def. Becker/Niehaus (OSU), 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1