Women's Tennis
Dasso Signs Two to Letters of Intent

Breanne Smutko will join the Illini in the fall of 2009.
Breanne Smutko will join the Illini in the fall of 2009.

Nov. 13, 2008

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois women's tennis head coach Michelle Dasso announced the addition of two blue-chip recruits to her team for the 2009-10 season. Breanne Smutko (Northview HS, Alpharetta, Ga.) and Rachael White (Deerfield HS, Deerfield, Ill.) each signed a national letter of intent with the Fighting Illini, making this the top recruiting class in the history of Illinois women's tennis.

"Both these players will make a huge impact immediately in our lineup," Dasso said. "I couldn't be happier with my recruiting class. Both Bre and Rachael are extremely talented players that I know will thrive in the team environment that makes college tennis so special. All the credit goes to my team for getting Bre and Rachael to believe in our program and also to my outstanding assistant coach David Emery."

Smutko is currently ranked No. 20 on tennisrecruiting.net and is No. 64 in the USTA Girls 18 national rankings. Smutko won the Girls 18s 2008 Copper Bowl in singles. Smutko chose Illinois over Kentucky, Denver and Penn State.

"Bre is extremely competitive, has an all-court game and the mental toughness that will allow her to succeed on the college level," Dasso added.

White holds the No. 3 ranking on tennisrecruiting.net and is currently ranked No. 18 in the USTA Girls 18s national rankings. Rachael won the USTA Winter Super Nationals doubles championship and was a finalist in the Cooper Bowl doubles, both with partner Hilary Bartlett in 2006. She also won the 2008 National K-Swiss tournament and 2008 National Cinncinati Open in USTA 18 and under singles. White won the 2006 IHSA state singles title as a sophomore and helped Deerfield to the IHSA team title in 2005 and runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2008.

"Rachael has a huge serve and forehand, very natural doubles instincts, and plays an offensive style of play," Dasso said.