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    Lambropoulos and McCarthy Heating Up ITF Event
    Freshman Marisa Lambropoulos advanced in singles and doubles at the Illinois USTA ITF tournament.

    Freshman Marisa Lambropoulos advanced in singles and doubles at the Illinois USTA ITF tournament.

    Sept. 19, 2007

    URBANA, Ill. - Freshmen women's tennis players Marisa Lambropoulos and Annie McCarthy opened the Illinois United States Tennis Association (USTA) International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournament hosted at the Atkins Tennis Center Sept. 17-23 with solid results on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Lambropoulos advanced into the Round of 16 in singles, while the duo both are in the quarterfinals of doubles that will both continue action today.

    Lambropoulos, a Lake Forest, Ill., native received a bye in the opening round of singles before handling Alex Tachovsky 6-1, 6-0 in the second round. She will now face fifth-seed Monica Yajima in the Sweet Sixteen at 1:30 p.m.

    For McCarthy, the singles route came to a hault after a setback in the second round, following a first-round bye, to Lambropoulos' round of 16 opponent Yajima in a 6-4, 6-2 loss.

    However, the pair would continue to raise the Orange and Blue flags high at the ITF event with a doubles victory in the opening round, taking down Catalina Ene and Tachovsky, 6-3, 6-3. The Illini tandem will now face top-seeded Kate Fuller and Yajima today at 4:30 p.m. at the Atkins Tennis Center.

    For continued coverage of the Illini and the Illinois USTA ITF event, visit fightingillini.com for daily recaps, or the official tournament web site at usta.com, searching for key words Illinois USTA ITF under the junior tournaments drop-down menu.

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