Illini Best Minnesota 4-3
April 18, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS - The Fighting Illini (12-9, 5-5 Big Ten) women's tennis team started their last weekend of regular season play off right, beating the Minnesota Gophers (16-7, 6-4). The Orange and Blue captured the doubles point and kept the momentum going through singles for the 4-3 win.
"We've had seven 4-3 matches this year. Its pretty simple: if we win the doubles point, we win those matches," said head coach Michelle Dasso. "I was proud of the girls pre-match atmosphere they created and the competitive spirit on the court. We are looking forward to finishing off the regular season on a high note Sunday."
The Illini handedly captured the doubles point, with Allison Falkin and Melissa Kopinski securing an 8-5 win early on. Alexis Casati and Jerricka Boone were the other match to clinch the win, beating Minnesota's Lambert and Otero 8-3. Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong also played, but did not finish.
In singles, the Illini came out strong with wins from Falkin and Kopinski to start. The team waivered slightly with a loss from Boone to put Minnesota on the board. Kwong fought back to seal the deal with a 6-4 6-4 win over the Gopher's Courter. Casati and Kedzierski were the last two matches to finish, both ending with losses.
The Illini return to action Sunday against Wisconsin in Madison, Wisc. At 11 a.m. CT.
Illinois 4, Minnesota 3
1. Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. Alexis Casati (ILL) 6-7 (5), 6-3, 1-0 (7)
2. Allison Falkin (ILL) def. Natallia Pintusava (MINN) 6-2, 7-5
3. Melissa Kopinski (ILL) def. Jessika Mozia (MINN) 6-0, 7-5
4. Louise Kwong (ILL) def. Julia Courter (MINN) 6-4, 6-4
5. Aria Lambert (MINN) def. Jerricka Boone (ILL) 6-3, 6-4
6. Maja Vujic (MINN) def. Misia Kedzierski (ILL) 7-6 (6), 6-4
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 5, 4, 1, 6
1. Allison Falkin/ Melissa Kopinski (ILL) def. Tereza Brichacova/Jessika Mozia (MINN) 8-5
2. Natallia Pintusava/Julia Courter (MINN) vs. Misia Kedzierski/Louise Kwong (ILL) unfinished
3. Alexis Casati/Jerricka Boone (ILL) def. Aria Lambert/Paula Rincon Otero (MINN) 8-3
Order of Finish: 1, 3