No. 33 Illini Begin Dual Season on the Road
Jan. 21, 2010
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - After solid performances at the UCF Quad Tournament last weekend, the No. 33 Illini women's tennis team (0-0) is set to open the dual portion of its schedule this weekend, making stops at No. 11 Tennessee (0-0) on Friday at 3 p.m. and No. 26 Virginia (0-0) on Sunday at 10 a.m.
"All the girls are so thrilled to kick off our dual-match season," head coach Michelle Dasso said. "Tennessee and Virginia are very solid teams and we are looking forward to testing ourselves. The preparation, hard work and improvement we have made since the end of last season and throughout the fall will be put to the test. It's going to be a fun weekend."
Live results for the Tennessee match can be found HERE.
UCF QUAD TOURNAMENT RECAP
Several Illini picked up a pair of victories in singles including senior Megan Fudge, who swept No. 62 Francesca Segarelli (FSU), 7-5, 6-2, and Alexis Rodriguez (UCF), 6-1, 6-1, while sophomore Chelcie Abajian topped Jenna Doerfler (UCF), 6-2, 6-3, and Paulina Bigos (ALA), 6-3, 6-0. Freshman Breanne Smutko defeated Allison Hodges (UCF), 6-3, 6-3, and Meritt Emery (ALA), 6-3, 4-6, 1-0 (10-6), and junior Marisa Lambropoulos claimed matches over Taylor Dubins (UCF), 6-3, 7-5, and Antonia Foehse (ALA), 6-2, 6-4.
In doubles action, the Illini claimed eight wins overall, including three when they teamed up with opponents from Alabama and Florida State.
FUDGE NAMED BIG TEN ATHLETE OF THE WEEK
Fudge finished with a 2-1 mark in singles play, including victories over No. 62 Francesca Segarelli of Florida State, 7-5, 6-2, and Alexis Rodriguez of Central Florida, 6-1, 6-1. She also picked up a pair of victories in doubles, teaming up with Breanne Smutko to defeat Allison Hodges and Christy Core (UCF), 8-3, and partnering with Kristina Minor to top Paulina Bigos and Antonia Foehse (ALA), 8-4.
TOUGH TEST IN KNOXVILLE
The Volunteers opened their spring season last weekend at the Michigan Invitational in Ann Arbor, Mich., where they finished 5-9 in singles and 4-4 in doubles against opponents from No. 7 Miami (FL), Michigan and Washington. Whoriskey and Pluskota went 2-1 in doubles, while Whoriskey finished 1-2 in singles, falling to No. 7 Laura Vallverdu (Miami), 6-1, 6-4, and No. 36 Denise Muresan (UM), 7-5, 6-1.
Tennessee edged Illinois in last year's contest, 4-3, and leads the all-time series 15-0, dating back to the 1986-87 season.
No. 72 sophomore Lindsey Hardenbergh went 3-0 in singles, including a victory over No. 120 Whitney Wolf of LSU, 6-0, 2-6, 6-2, and also teamed up with Erin Vierra to defeat No. 28 Haley Hemm and Jocelyn Ffriend of North Carolina, 8-6, while the doubles duo of Emily Fraser and Jennifer Stevens also posted a 3-0 record in doubles on the weekend.
NEXT UP FOR THE ILLINI
The 15 schools that win both of their matches at these events will be invited to play in the ITA National Team Indoor Championships hosted by the University of Wisconsin, Feb. 12-15.