Senior Rachael White and sophomore Melissa Kopinski will play in the 2013 NCAA Championships in Urbana.
May 1, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Senior Rachael White and sophomore Melissa Kopinski received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Championships, which will be held May 16-27 at the University of Illinois' Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex. The duo is the fourth-ever Illinois doubles team to earn a trip to the NCAA Championships and first since Jennifer McGaffigan and Michelle Webb punched their tickets in 2003. The 32-team doubles tournament begins May 23 and wraps up May 27.
"I was heartbroken we just missed getting into the team portion but couldn't be more ecstatic that Rachael and Melissa qualified for the individual doubles championships," head coach Michelle Dasso said. "I have never had a player receive a bid into the individual portion, and it couldn't have been a more fitting year with Illinois as the host institution. Playing at home in such an awesome ambiance will make it that much more special for Rachael, Melissa and the entire Illini community."
White and Kopinski are ranked 25th in the nation and lead the Illini with a 26-12 mark this season. The pair won the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional doubles title last fall, becoming the first Orange and Blue tandem to capture the title since McGaffigan and Webb in 2002. White and Kopinski also played their way to the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA All-American Championships and knocked off five ranked opponents, including two in the top 10, in the process.
All-session and single-day tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Illinois Ticket Office at 866-Illini-1 or by visiting the Championship Central Page. Adult all-session tickets are $100, while youth (18 and under) all-session tickets are $75. Single-day tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for youth. Admission is free for children age two or younger. Groups of 10 or more can purchase single-day group tickets at $5 apiece by calling the Illinois Ticket Office.