Women's Tennis
Spring Break in Texas Awaits Illini Women

Kristina Minor and the Illini look to take on the state of Texas.
Kristina Minor and the Illini look to take on the state of Texas.

March 16, 2007

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Illinois women's tennis team is primed to head to the state of Texas for three straight road matches during the Spring Break holiday. The Illini open their first road schedule of the season against Houston on Monday, March 19, followed by a contest against Texas on Wednesday, March 21, and conclude the trip with a battle against Texas-San Antonio on Thursday, March 22. Illinois then returns home to take on Big Ten rival Michigan State on Sunday, March 25.

"We have been so fortunate with this beautiful weather we've been having to practice outside for almost a full week now," head coach Michelle Dasso said. "That is going to play a huge role in easing our transition to outdoor match play. Up to this point, we have had so many home matches this semester, I think all the girls are looking forward to traveling and taking on the state of Texas. At the tail end of break, we finish off with a home match against Michigan State. Anytime you have a chance to play another Big Ten opponent at home is a positive."

Full recaps of the Illini's matches against its Texas foes and Michigan State this coming week can be found at fightingillini.com. Illinois' home match against Michigan State can be followed through live scoring through the women's tennis web site.

The Illinois women's tennis team strung together a strong performance at home to end a four-match skid, defeating Illinois State, 6-1, at the Atkins Tennis Center on Wednesday night. A full team effort propelled the Orange and Blue over the visiting Redbirds, as Illinois improved to 3-6 (0-1 Big Ten) on the season, while Illinois State dropped to 4-4 overall.

Kicking off the night strong, Illinois swept the doubles portion of the evening behind the efforts of junior Momei Qu and freshman Kristina Minor (ILL) at No. 3, who dismissed Matea Simovic and Tanja Hrovatic (ISU), 8-1, in just over 30 minutes.

The Illini then took care of business in singles, winning, in order of finish, at the No. 6 and 4 spots. In the third position, Davé was in control from the first swing of the racquet, dictating play against Véronique Parke-Bédard en route to prevailing 6-1, 6-4, clinching the dual-match for Illinois.

The University of Houston tennis team snapped a two-match losing streak, strolling to a 7-0 win against Central Arkansas Monday afternoon. Houston, who improved to 10-5, started strong in doubles action as the pairs of Loli Gomez and Leila Salek along with Sonja Nikolic and Rebecca Franzi raced out to 8-2 victories en route to the doubles sweep.

The Cougars dominated singles action, dropping only a combined 12 games in the top five spots in the lineup.

Houston squares off with Illinois next Monday at Hoff Courts. First serve against the Fighting Illini is set for 2p.m.

The Texas Longhorns are coming off a devastating loss at the hands of the USC Trojans. Despite their senior leader Ristine Olson rallying for a three-set victory at fifth singles, the effort was not enough on Wednesday as No. 11 USC defeated No. 41 Texas (5-6) by a 6-1 count at home.

Texas looks to redeem itself after falling to 5-6 overall on the season and next host the Illini in their next contest. First serve is set for 5:30 p.m. Central.

No. 73 Southeastern Louisiana halted UTSA's six-match winning streak with a 6-1 victory on Sunday in Southland Conference women's tennis action, as the Roadrunners dropped only their third match of the season. UTSA dropped to 7-3 on the season and 1-1 in SLC.

In that match, SLU took the doubles point wining two of the three matches, while the Lady Lions won five the six singles matches on the day.

UTSA has a pair of home matches before facing the Illini, hosting Sam Houston State on Saturday, March 17, and Stephen F. Austin on Sunday, March 18. Illinois and UTSA are set to tangle on Thursday, first serve at 3 p.m.

Illinois concludes the Spring Break holiday with a Big Ten matchup against Michigan State on Sunday, March 25, at the Atkins Tennis Center at noon.