Kopinski Advances to Quarterfinals at ITA Midwest Regionals
Oct. 13, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - On Sunday, Melissa Kopinski advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the ITA Midwest Regionals. She will play again at 9:30 a.m. CT on Monday, Oct. 14, against Michigan's Sarah Lee, who is seeded fourth in the tournament.
"Mel devoted a good chunk of her summer to working on her transition game, and it has paid off," head coach Michelle Dasso said. "Her willingness and decisiveness to finish at the net has added dimensions to her singles game."
Kopinski, who received a first-round bye and is ranked No. 102 nationally and seeded 5-8 in the tournament, has won both her matches in straight sets. On Sunday, she dispatched Northwestern's Alicia Sanders 6-3, 6-3. Immediately following the quarterfinal singles matches on Monday, the winners will face off in semifinal matches. The championship match will take place on Tuesday.
Allison Falkin and Alexis Casati dropped their Round of 16 matches on Sunday. Casati lost a singles match for the first time in her Illini career, falling 6-1, 6-3 to Northwestern's Veronica Corning, who was seeded 5-8 in the tournament. Casati dropped to 6-1 in singles play this fall. Falkin lost a hard-fought 7-5, 6-3 decision to DePaul's Patricia Fargas, who was seeded 5-8.
In doubles action, both remaining Illini doubles teams dropped quarterfinals matches on Sunday. Kopinski and Falkin lost 8-2 to Corning and Alicia Barnett, who were seeded sixth in the draw and went on to beat the top-seeded doubles team to advance to the championship match. Misia Kedzierski and Louise Kwong dropped an 8-6 decision to Northwestern's Belinda Niu and Brooke Rischbieth, who were seeded 9-12 in the draw.
"Misia and Louise had opportunities to advance in doubles today but lacked the execution on some key points," Dasso said. "The growth of Misias doubles play over the course of her four years is night and day and that will make a big impact for our team come spring."