Senior Rachael White teamed up with sophomore Melissa Kopinski to take third in her doubles bracket on Saturday.
Sept. 15, 2012
"Doubles play was outstanding," head coach Michelle Dasso said. "Rachael demonstrated some serious confidence while serving and volleying from the very first point, even on second serves. The bounce and energy in Melissa's demeanor, especially after errors, really stood out to me today. The two displayed some great singles play as well."
Kopinski and White started strong once again, picking up their second doubles win of the tournament to take third place in their bracket with an 8-5 victory over Caroline Rhode-Moe and Marija Milutinovic of Ole Miss.
Both Kopinski and White dropped their first singles contests but charged back to win their second matches. After coming up short to a top-30 opponent, Kopinski took down William & Mary's Jeltje Loomans.
Meanwhile, White fell in straight sets to start the day in singles but was awarded a walkover win against her second opponent. The Deerfield, Ill., native took a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Alabama's Emily Zabor in her second on-court contest of the day.
"Melissa is playing decisively, maintaining good discipline with her shot selections and doing an excellent job of holding her court positioning," Dasso said. "Rachael's second singles of the day was a breakthrough match for her. Her decision making, shot selection and on-court demeanor were the best I've seen from her."
The pair of Illini will wrap up play tomorrow in the final singles round, which kicks off at 8 a.m. CT.
Rachael White/Melissa Kopinski (ILL) def. Caroline Rohde-Moe/Marija Milutinovic (MISS), 8-5
No. 26 Zoe DeBruycker (UNC) def. No. 80 Melissa Kopinski, 6-3, 6-2
No. 80 Melissa Kopinski (ILL) def. Jeltje Loomans (W&M), 2-0 (ret.)
Ree Ree Li (YALE) def. Rachael White (ILL), 6-3, 6-4
Rachael White (ILL) def. No. 46 Wen Sun (A&M), walkover
Rachael White (ILL) def. Emily Zabor (BAMA), 6-2, 6-4