Sophomore Leigh Finnegan.
Nov. 9, 2008
URBANA, Ill. - The Illinois women's tennis team concluded the final day of competition at the 2008 Midwest Blast on Sunday at the Atkins Tennis Center. The Illini compiled a 11-10 record in singles and a 3-6 ledger in doubles at the three-day tournament. Sophomore Leigh Finnegan, who went a perfect 3-0 in singles on the weekend, was named to the Midwest Blast All-Tournament team.
"We finished the fall on a high note with great competition on our home courts," head coach Michelle Dasso said. "Finnegan had a breakthrough tournament and showed consistency in her performances throughout the entire weekend."
On the final day of the tournament, Finnegan took a three-set victory over Wichita State's Luftiana Budiharto, 6-2, 1-6, 6-2.
Freshman Chelcie Abajian picked up her second win of the weekend in a hard fought battle against Wichita State's Torrie Browning. Browning took the first set, before Abajian stormed back in the second set 6-1. In the third set, Abajian continued her domination, downing Browning 6-2 to take the victory.
Senior Shivani Davé grabbed another victory for the Illini. Davé ousted Anna Egorova of Wichita State in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-0.
With the conclusion of the Midwest Blast, the Illinois women's tennis team closes action for the fall season. The Illini open their home schedule against Tennessee at the Atkins Tennis Center on Jan. 24 at 12 p.m. CT.
2008 Midwest Blast Day Three Results
Kali Krisik (ND) def. Mallory Voelker (DEN) 6-0, 6-1
Kristen Rafael (ND) def. Annette Aksdal (DEN) 6-3, 7-5
Shannon Matthews (ND) def. Ute Schnoy (DEN) 6-1, 6-0
Cosmina Ciobanu (ND) def. Julia Bauregger (DEN) 6-2, 6-3
Colleen Rielley (ND) def. Kyla Iwinski (DEN) 6-2, 6-2
Bhavani Tirumurti (DEN) def. Katie Potts (ND) 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-1
Leigh Finnegan (ILL) def. Luftiana Budiharto (WSU) 6-2, 1-6, 6-2
Chelcie Abajian (ILL) def. Torrie Browning (WSU) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
Stephanie Dalmacio (WSU) def. Megan Fudge (ILL) 6-3, 7-5
Florentina Hanisch (WSU) def. Marisa Lambropoulos (ILL) 5-7, 6-1, 7-5
Shivani Davé (ILL) def. Anna Egorova (WSU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-0
Lenore Lazaroiu (WSU) def. Annie McCarthy (ILL) 6-4, 6-3
2008 Midwest Blast All-Tournament Team
Kali Krisik - Notre Dame
Kristen Rafael - Notre Dame
Leigh Finnegan - Illinois
Stephanie Dalmacio - Wichita State