Sophomore Allison Falkin picked up a walkover victory on Sunday.
Sept. 18, 2011Melissa Kopinski, the newcomer came up short in her third-place match in the black bracket, falling to 2-2 on the weekend in singles action.
"I was extremely impressed with the play of Kopinski this weekend," Illini head coach Michelle Dasso said. "She showed the composure of an upperclassmen, picking up her first of many wins as an Illini in singles and doubles. She has natural instincts and is only going to improve on a daily basis due to her work ethic and attitude. Each class, freshman through senior, was represented this weekend, so they could each learn from each other. The competition was top-notch and it was nice to be able to try out some doubles pairings. (Allison) Falkin and Kopinski meshed very well together and have the potential to be a strong tandem for us."
The Illini struggled throughout the day, losing both of their doubles matches, as the team of junior Rachael White and senior Amy Allin and the duo of Kopinski and sophomore Allison Falkin each fell to start the day.
In singles play, Falkin picked up a walkover victory over North Carolina's Lauren McHale but later dropped a thrilling match to Noel Scott of Texas, 6-3, 6-7(6), (10-7) to go 3-2 in singles play on the weekend. Meanwhile, White, Allin and Kopinski each fell in their respective matches.
The Orange and Blue will return to action in two weeks at the Wildcat Invitational on Sept. 30 in Evanston, Ill.
Duke Fab Four Invite - Illini Results from Sunday
Lynda Xepoleas (PUR) def. Rachael White (ILL), 6-2, 6-3
Ester Goldfeld (DUKE) def. Melissa Kopinski (ILL), 7-5, 6-3
Allison Falkin (ILL) def. Lauren McHale (UNC), walkover
Tessa Lyons (UNC) def. Amy Allin (ILL), 6-1, 6-4
Noel Scott (UT) def. Allison Falkin (ILL), 6-3, 6-7(6), 10-7 (extra match)
Lyons/Hemm (UNC) def. White/Allin, 8-6
Bartenstein/Meija (Miami) def. Kopinski/Falkin, 8-5