Women's Tennis
Dasso Adds Pair of Standout Recruits

Head coach Michelle Dasso announced the addition of two standout recruits for next fall.
Head coach Michelle Dasso announced the addition of two standout recruits for next fall.

Jan. 19, 2011

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two standout recruits will join the Fighting Illini women's tennis team for the 2011-12 season, as head coach Michelle Dasso announced the addition of Julia Jamieson (Wilmette, Ill./Loyola Academy) and Melissa Kopinski (Palos Hills, Ill./Amos Alonzo Stagg).

"Melissa and Julia are both outstanding and well-respected players from our home state and they embody the overall spirit of our team and school," Dasso said.

Jamieson is a five-star recruit and currently ranks 75th nationally on TennisRecruiting.net and seventh in the state of Illinois. For 2010, Jamieson recorded 37 wins playing in 15 tournaments and reached the final round of the St. Louis Jr. Tennis Championships in July.

"Julia has made huge strides over the course of the last few years and we are excited for her continued growth and development," Dasso said. "She is highly motivated, extremely fit and has a loose and relaxed motion which allows her to play without fear in high pressure situations."

Kopinski is a blue-chip recruit and checks in at No. 15 nationally and second in the state of Illinois. Kopinski, who tallied 23 of her 46 wins over blue-chip and five-star recruits in 2010, was the winner of the USTA National Open this past November in St. Louis and claimed five straight matches en route to the Girls' 18 singles title. Kopinski's twin brother Tim will be joining her in Champaign-Urbana next fall as a member of the men's tennis team, as he has signed a national letter of intent with Illinois as well. This marks the first time in program history that twins will play for each squad.

"Melissa is a highly recruited senior who plays with an immense amount of passion and intensity," Dasso said. Her all-court game, composure and competitiveness are a few traits that will make her an exceptional representation of our Fighting Illini program."