Roundup: Senior's timing great
URBANA — Tied 3-3 in a Big Ten dual with Indiana, the Illinois women's tennis team turned to senior Marisa Lambropoulos.
On Senior Day at the Atkins Tennis Center, Lambropoulos delivered.
She defeated Indiana's Katie Klyczek 6-3, 6-7 (9-11), 6-2 to clinch the win for the 21st-ranked Illini (16-6, 8-2 Big Ten).
"It couldn't be more fitting on Senior Day," Illinois coach Michelle Dasso said. "Having Marisa and Amy (Allin) out there battling, I have never felt so calm in such a big pressure situation. It wouldn't seem right if we lost today. It was a perfect way to finish out their last home dual."
Melissa Kopinski and Rachael White also won singles matches for the Illini. Lambropoulos teamed with Kopinski to win at No. 1 and White and Allin won at No. 2 to secure the doubles point for Illinois.
In men's tennis:
Indiana 5, Illinois 2. A late-season slide continued for No. 20 Illinois, which lost for the fourth time in six matches. Dennis Nevolo and Tim Kopinski won in singles play after the Illini lost the doubles point for the third time in four matches.
Illinois (13-7, 7-3 Big Ten) closes out the regular season at home against Purdue on Sunday.
In women's gymnastics:
Weinstein's run ends Competing in the all-around, Illini junior Alina Weinstein recorded three consecutive 9.85s to place in the top 14 in vault, beam and floor at Friday's NCAA Championships in Duluth, Ga.
"It was a 9.85 kind of day for Alina," UI coach Kim Landrus said. "She rebounded well after bars and did phenomenal on her final three events. She has made such big strides this year from her sophomore season. She has really elevated her routines, her competition and her work ethic, so she will be able to carry that into her senior year and be one of our core leaders."
In the all-around, Weinstein scored a 38.550 and placed 20th in the afternoon semifinal session at Gwinnett Center.
"Competing by myself wasn't something I had trained for, but it was fun and I was happy with how I did on the last three events," Weinstein said. "It was easy to put my first routine behind me because I was competing for myself, so my main goal was just to have fun."