Sophomore Breanne Smutko.
April 6, 2011
What is up Illini fans!? Breanne aka "Bre" Smutko here. I have been planning this blog for weeks, so prepare to be blown away.
First off, I would like to congratulate Big Al on her unbelievable update last week. As I was reading her intro, I noticed just how alike we really are. We are both from 45 minutes north of Atlanta, love learning other languages (my specialty is Spanish), enjoy doing puzzles, study engineering, and practice synchronized swimming. I know what you're thinking. Big Al never mentioned synchronized swimming. However, we Georgians do it ALL the time. Oh and we also both play tennis.
Now it's time for me to recap the epic battles that occurred this past (or if Mish were writing this, passed) weekend. It all began on Saturday when we played Purdue. We might as well have been playing in a tornado because the wind was hitting crazy high speeds. I was having déjà vu from last year's Purdue matchup, where the wind was even worse and the Boilermakers struggled to adapt. However, that déjà vu quickly faded when Purdue came out strong. After an intense sweep of the doubles point, and huge wins by Rachael White and Amy Allin, the singles came down to one final match: Chelcie "Bat" Abajian. At two sets apiece, the team had no doubt that Chelcie would fight like a warrior for the victory. And that is exactly what she did. After playing on an injured left foot and cramping in her right leg, she clinched the match 6-3 in the third.
The following day, the Illini were ready to fight again. The Indiana Hoosiers were tough. But we were tougher. With an unbelievable comeback from our freshman Misia Kedzierski, a great fight from Big Al, and a grueling three setter from Amy Allin, we triumphed. Though, the day wasn't so good for all of us. Chelcie, with an injured left foot, decided it would be a good idea to even out the pain among both legs. She proceeded to fall (over nothing) and had to call it quits for the day. As if wanting to distribute her injuries to her head, Chelcie continued to get nailed by a ball while watching Amy's third set from the sidelines. It was quite hilarious. All in all, the Illini had a very successful weekend on the court. Luckily many of our favorite parents/siblings made it to Champaign to watch the action. These included Mrs. Falkin, Amy Falkin (Big Al's sister, Little Al?), Patty and George Lambropoulos, Mrs. McCarthy, Mr. and Mrs. Kedzierski, Jimbo Allin and friends, Ms. Abajian, Mrs. Finnegan, and the coolest of them all, Jack and Karen Smutko.
With many great times on the court, come many great times off the court. First off, everyone should know that Rachael is working on her bathing suit body by eating Funfetti cake daily. While on the subject of Rachael... if you didn't already know, Rachael and I are roommates. My brother recently sent us up a Nintendo Wii for the apartment and Rach got the new Michael Jackson dance game. Even though the game was just purchased, Rachael is extremely good at it. I didn't understand it. But I figured out the reason one night when I woke up at 2 a.m. and she was dancing to "Thriller" in the living room. She practices when no one's watching. If only we could get her to do that in tennis... Also, Mish finally got her surgery (WOOHOO!!!) and sleeps 20 hours a day.
Now I have a funny story to tell you. Let me begin with my day in physics class. I was sitting next to my friend, fellow engineer, and biggest tennis fan, Andrew Bohm, and we were conversing, of course, about non-physics material. At one point it became silent. Then he nonchalantly said, "Sweet. I just played a 24-point word against your tennis coach." I checked to see if my ears were screwed on correctly, then proceeded to ask him if he was kidding (as Andrew and Michelle Dasso have never spoken a word). To my utter surprise, Andrew had been playing Michelle in Words With Friends (and somehow losing) for quite some time now. I will admit I got a little freaked out at first, but then he told me he got her username from Big Al's blog last week and Michelle had no idea who he was. So Dear Michelle: Your anonymous iPhone buddy is named Andrew Bohm. I will introduce you two someday.
That just about sums everything up for the week. Big Al inspired me to write a rap as if to hand the baton over to Chelcie. So here goes nothing....
It's been a solid weekend, with two 4-3s.
The only things on our minds are victories,
But now get excited for Chelcie's next blog,
Hope the rogue tennis ball didn't put her mind in a fog.
I hope you all think I'm funny, I tried really hard,
But for Chelcie it's natural... but that statement you can disregard.
Now I will leave you to go have some funzo
As for now, I am donezo.