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Falkin named first team All-Big Ten

Kopinski named to second team

PARK RIDGE, Ill. (UI Release) - Junior Allison Falkin was named first-team All-Big Ten, and sophomore Melissa Kopinski earned second-team honors, the conference office announced during the Big Ten Tournament Banquet Thursday night. The awards mark the second career All-Conference accolades for both Falkin and Kopinski, who each garnered first-team recognition in 2012. 


Falkin, who checks in at No. 117 in the national singles rankings, leads the team in singles wins this season with 19, including six at the No. 1 spot. The Roswell, Ga., native also boasts 11 doubles wins when paired with classmate Misia Kedzierski. The duo has notched the second-most victories of any Illinois doubles tandem this year. Last fall, Falkin played her way to the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional singles semifinals, falling just short of a regional championship berth. 


Kopinski plays No. 1 doubles alongside senior Rachael White in every match for the Illini and has played primarily at the No. 1 singles spot as well. The Palos Hills, Ill., native and partner White lead the team in doubles wins with 26. Last fall, the duo took down five ranked opponents -- two in the top 10 -- and won the USTA/ITA Midwest Regional doubles title, becoming the first regional doubles champions for Illinois since 2002. Kopinski also played her way to the quarterfinals of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships alongside White. Kopinski is nationally ranked in both doubles and singles, coming in at No. 25 in doubles and No. 111 in singles.


Freshman Audrey O'Connor was Illinois' Sportsmanship Award recipient, given to individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship, ethical behavior and strong academic performance and who have demonstrated good citizenship outside of tennis.


The Illini have produced at least one All-Big Ten honoree in each of the last 13 seasons and have secured two recognitions for three straight years.


The fifth-seeded Orange and Blue will take on fourth-seeded Purdue tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT in the quarterfinal round of the 2013 Big Ten Tournament at IU Varsity Tennis Courts in Bloomington, Ind.


2012-13 WOMEN'S TENNIS ALL-BIG TEN TEAMS

First-Team All-Big Ten*

Allison Falkin, Illinois 

LESLIE HUREAU, Indiana 

Katie Klyczek, Indiana 

Ruth Seaborne, Iowa 

EMINA BEKTAS, Michigan 

Brooke Bolender, Michigan 

RONIT YUROVSKY, Michigan 

Patricia Veresova, Nebraska 

MARY WEATHERHOLT, Nebraska 

Belinda Niu, Northwestern

Kate Turvy, Northwestern 

PETRA JANUSKOVA, Penn State


Second-Team All-Big Ten

Melissa Kopinski, Illinois 

Sarah Lee, Michigan 

Natallia Pintusava, Minnesota 

Stefanie Weinstein, Nebraska 

Veronica Corning, Northwestern 

Mara Schmidt, Purdue


Unanimous selections in CAPS


INDIVIDUAL AWARDS 

Athlete of the Year: Mary Weatherholt, Nebraska 

Freshman of the Year: Ronit Yurovsky, Michigan 

Coach of the Year: Ronni Bernstein, Michigan


SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES

Audrey O'Connor, Illinois 

Leslie Hureau, Indiana 

Morven McCulloch, Iowa 

Sarah Lee, Michigan 

Nicole Herzog, Michigan State 

Tereza Brichacova, Minnesota 

Mary Weatherholt, Nebraska 

Veronica Corning, Northwestern 

Kelsey Dieters, Ohio State 

Jacqueline Zuhse, Penn State 

Krisztina Kapitany, Purdue 

Helen  Rabot, Wisconsin



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