W Tennis: 2009 - 2010 Roster

Name Height Year Hometown (Prev School)
Chelcie Abajian 5'4" Sophmore Hawthorne, NY
Amy Allin
5'4" Sophmore Dallas, TX
Leigh Finnegan 5'6" RS Junior
Wilmington, DE
Megan Fudge 5'7" Senior Kaarst, Germany
Marisa Lambropoulos 5'4" Junior
Lake Forest, IL
Annie McCarthy 5'8" Junior Chicago, IL
Kristina Minor5'11"Senior       
Mundelein, IL
Breanne Smutko5'3"FreshmanAlpharetta, GA
Christine Stromberg5'10"SeniorRolling Meadows, IL
Rachael White5'10"Freshman 
Deerfield, IL

COACHES:

Michelle Dasso - Head Coach
Georgia Rose- Assistant Coach
Adam Chervin- Volunteer Assistant Coach

Chelcie Abajian



Chelcie Abajian
Height:
5-3
Class: Soph
Hometown: Commack, NY

FRESHMAN SEASON (2008-09)

  • Finished the season with a 26-19 singles record
  • Played primarily at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles spots
  • Posted a 5-5 mark in Big Ten Matches
  • Opened the season ranked No. 12 in the Midwest Region
  • In doubles, went 20-18 partnering with a combined 3 partners
  • Voted by her teammates as Player to Watch

Personal

  • Born July 20, 1990 in New York
  • Daughter of Lorraine Abajian
  • Major: Recreation, Sport and Tourism
  • Has an older sister, Melanie, and an older brother, Glenn
  • Plans to stay in the tennis world after she graduates whether it is coaching or representing a major tennis company

Amy Allin


Amy Allin
Height:
5-4
Class: Soph
Hometown: Dallas, TX

FRESHMAN SEASON (2008-09)

  • Finished the season with a 26-14 singles record
  • Played primarily at the No. 5 singles spot
  • Posted an 8-2 mark in Big Ten Matches
  • In doubles, went 23-17 partnering with a combined 3 partners
  • Voted by her teammates as Most Improved Player

Personal

  • Born October 15, 1989 in Dallas, TX
  • Daughter of Jim and Angela Allin
  • Major: Undecided
  • Her brother, Timmy, plays tennis at the University of Utah and her sister, Alex, played two years of tennis at Texas Christian University
  • Biggest thrill in sports is the love of the battle

Leigh Finnegan









Leigh Finnegan
Height:5-6

Class: RS Junior
Hometown: Wilmington, DE

FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07)

  • Sustained a season-ending foot injury at the end of the fall semester

RS-FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08)

  • Finished the season with a 11-14 singles record
  • Played primarily at the No.1 and No. 2 singles spots
  • Posted a 5-5 mark in Big Ten matches
  • During Big Ten Play, partnered with Marisa Lambropoulos to go 4-5 at No. 2 doubles
  • Named Player to Watch by teammates

RS-SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007-08)

  • Finished the season with a 21-13 singles record
  • Played primarily at the No.1 and No. 2 singles spots
  • Posted a 7-3 mark in Big Ten Matches
  • Opened the spring ranked No. 7 in the Midwest Region
  • Went 19-18 in doubles with two partners
  • Garnered a No. 105 ranking in the final ITA singles pol
  • First Team All Big Ten Selection
  • Received the Most Valuable Player Award voted on by her teammates

Personal

  • Born January 22, 1988
  • Daughter of Michael and Cindy finnegan
  • Major: Recreation, Sport and Tourism
  • Has an younger sister Jordan
  • Plans on pursuing a career in professional tennis after graduation

Megan Fudge









Megan Fudge
Height:
5-7
Class: Senior
Hometown: Kaarst, Germany

FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07)

  • Finished the season with a  22-14 singles record
  • Played primarily at the No.1 singles spot
  • Posted a 4-6 mark in Big Ten Matches
  • went 12-16 in doubles with two partners
  • A finalist for the Illini Newcomer for the Year award
  • An All-Big selection
  • oted the Team MVP and Player to Watch by her teammates

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007-08)

  • Finished the season with a 22-12 singles record
  • Played primarily at the No. 1 singles spot
  • Posted a mark of 7-3 in Big Ten Matches
  • Went 16-18 in doubles with two partners
  • Voted the  MVP by her teammates
  • Unanimous first-team All-Big Ten selection
  • Finalist for the University of Illinois Fighting Illini Spirit Award

JUNIOR SEASON (2008-09)

  • Finished the season with a 30-7 singles record
  • Played primarily at the No.1 and No.2 singles spots
  • Posted an 8-2 mark in Big Ten Matches
  • Opened the season ranked No. 22 in the Midwest Region
  • Went 21-14 in doubles play with two partners
  • Earned a No. 58 ranking in the end of the year ITA singles poll
  • Voted MVP by her teammates
  • Three-time All-Big Ten Selection

Personal

  • Born October 10,1988 in Kaarst, Germany
  • Daughter of Leonard and Pauline Fudge
  • Major: Recreation, Sport and Tourism
  • Has one sister, Rachel, and one brother, James
  • Names her parents as the most influential people in her athletic career because they have supported her through everything from day one

Marisa Lambropoulos




Marisa Lambropoulos
Height:
5-4
Class: Junior
Hometown: Lake Forest, IL

FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08)

  • Finished the season with a 17-19 singles record
  • Played primarily at the No. 3 singles spot
  • In doubles, went 13-23 overall
  • Received the Most Improved Player award as voted on by her teammates

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008-09)

  • Finished the season with a 22-17 singles record
  • Played primary at the No. 3 and No. 4 singles spots
  • Posted a 7-3 record in Big Ten matches
  • In doubles, went 24-13 overall playing with three different partners

Personal

  • Born August 3, 1989
  • Daughter of George and Patty Lambropoulos
  • Major: Business
  • Has three brothers: Demetre, Bill and Alex, who plays tennis at the University of Kentucky
  • Names Michael Jordan as her favorite athlete because of his attitude on the court and how he made everything look so easy

Annie McCarthy





Annie McCarthy
Height: 5-8
Class: Junior
Hometown: Chicago, IL

FRESHMAN SEASON (2007-08)

  • Finished the season with a 7-5 singles record
  • Saw most action in doubles play with a 10-15 record with a combined four partners
  • Primary doubles partner was Kristina Minor in Big Ten play resulting in 3-4 at three doubles
  • Presented the Brianna Knue Fighting Illini Spirit Award as voted on by her teammates

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2008-09)

  • Finished the season with a 13-4 singles record
  • Went 3-0 in dual matches playing at the No. 6 position
  • Saw most action in doubles play with a 23-15 record with a combined 5 partners
  • Primary doubles partner was Amy Allin in dual play resulting in a 16-13 record at No. 3 doubles.

Personal

  • Born July 9, 1989 in Chicago, IL
  • Daughter of Thomas and Cindy McCarthy
  • Major: Psychology
  • Has two brothers, Tom, who played collegiate tennis at Creighton, and Patrick, a student at the University of Illinois
  • Has aspirations of becoming a comedic writer

Kristina Minor




 
Kristina Minor
Height:
5-11
Class: Senior
Hometown: Mundelein, IL

FRESHMAN SEASON (2006-07)

  • Finished the season with a 14-19 singles record
  • Played primarily at the No. 4 singles spot
  • Went 14-18 in doubles with a combined 3 partners
  • Posted a 4-6 record in the Big Ten at No.3 Doubles
  • Received the Fighting Illini Spirit Award as voted on by her teammates
  • ITA Scholar-Athlete selection 

SOPHOMORE SEASON (2007-08)

  • Finished the season with a 18-11 singles record
  • Played primarily at the No. 4 and No. 5 singles spots
  • Went 9-14 in doubles play with a combined 5 partners
  • Partnered up with Annie McCarthy in the conference doubles season as the duo went 3-7 in the Big Ten

JUNIOR SEASON (2008-09)

  • Finished the season with a 16-8 singles record
  • Played primarily at the No. 6 singles spot
  • Went 3-2 in singles in the Big Ten
  • Received the Brianna Knue Fighting Illini Spirit Award voted on by her teammates
  • Was an Academic All-Big Ten selection

Personal

  • Born December 30, 1988 in Mundelein, IL
  • Daughter of Kevin and Michelle Minor
  • Major: Psycholoy
  • Has two younger sisters, Jasemine and Brienne, who both play USTA tennis
  • Plans to attend Law School in Illinois after graduation

Kristina Minor




 
  Breanne Smutko
Height:
5-3
Class: Freshman
Hometown: Alpharetta
GA
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Personal

  • Born May 1, 1991 in Alpharetta, GA
  • Daughter of Jack and Karen Smutko
  • Major: General Engineering
  • Has an older brother, Jack
  • Plans after college include designing attractions or machines for a big-name company such as Disney

Christine Stromberg




 
  Christine Stromberg
Height:
5-10
Class: Senior
Hometown: Rolling Meadows, IL

BALL STATE UNIVERSITY (2006-07)

  • Played one season for the Red Birds
  • Carded a singles record of 15-5 at Ball State
  • Recorded a 6-2 record in Mid-Atlantic Conference matches
  • Led her team to a semifinal appearance at the MAC Tournament
  • Named to the Dean's List in both her fall and spring semesters

SOPHOMORE SEASON AT ILLINOIS (2007-08)

  • Vocal leader and team contributor from the sidelines
  • Logged a 3-1 record in tournament play
  • Finished with a record of 3-3 in doubles matches
  • Received the Strength and Conditioning Award as voted on by her teammates

JUNIOR SEASON (2008-09)

  • Produced a 10-3 overall singles record in tournament play
  • Finished with a record of 2-1 in doubles
  • Received the Scholar Athlete Award for her 3.88 GPA in recreation, sport and tourism
  • Received the Strength and Conditioning Award voted on by her teammates
  • Was an Academic All-Big Ten selection

Personal

  • Born May 5, 1988 in Rolling Meadows, IL
  • Daughter of Frank and Irma Stromberg
  • Major: Recreation, Sport and Tourism
  • Has two older sisters, Stephanie and Kimberly, both Illinois Alumni
  • Plans to continue her education by getting a master's before pursuing a career in sports event planning

Rachael White




 
  Rachael White
Height:
5-10
Class: Freshman
Hometown: Deerfield, IL





Personal

  • Born April 27, 1991 in Deerfield, IL
  • Daughter of Tom and Bard White
  • Major: Recreation, Sport and Tourism
  • Has a younger sister Lucy
  • Would possibly like to play pro tennis after college.



COACHES:

Michelle Dasso-Head Coach




 
    Michelle Dasso
Position:
Head Coach
Experience: Third Season
Hometown: Long Grove, IL
Alma Mater: University of
Notre Dame, 2001

Head coach Michelle Dasso enters her fourth season at the helm of the Illinois women's tennis program. Dasso became the seventh coach of the Fighting Illini after a tremendous playing and coaching career at the University of Notre Dame.

In just three short years, Dasso has made huge strides with the women's tennis program. Last season, she helped guide the Illini to their second-straight NCAA tournament appearance and a third-place finish in the Big Ten.

The squad finished the season at No. 33 in the final Campbell's/ITA rankings after advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003 with a 4-3 victory over No. 19 Vanderbilt, which also marked its first win over a top-20 opponent in five years.

After battling through an injury plagued first season as head coach, Dasso turned the program around in 2007-08. In only her second year at the the helm, Dasso helped lead the Orange and Blue to a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten and its first NCAA tournament appearance in four years.

Dasso is a native of Long Grove, Ill., and a 1997 graduate of Stevenson High School. She spent three years as an assistant coach for the University of Notre Dame (2003-06) women's tennis program under head coach Jay Louderback. Her primary responsibilities in South Bend, Ind., were recruiting, on-court coaching, budgeting, travel arrangement and managing the strength and conditioning program.

With the Fighting Irish, Dasso garnered ITA National Assistant Coach of the Year honors after leading Notre Dame to unprecedented success in 2005-06. Notre Dame finished 27-2 on the season and was ranked No. 2 in the country for eight weeks before falling in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships. In the fall of 2005, she coached the doubles tandem of Catrina and Christian Thompson to the ITA All-American Championships doubles title, becoming the first Notre Dame women's tennis players to capture a collegiate grand slam tournament.

As a player, Dasso is the most decorated women's tennis player in Notre Dame history. She grabbed the ITA's National Senior Player of the Year accolade in 2001, and is the program's only four-time All-American. She still tops the Irish record books in nearly every statistical category, including career singles victories (140), career doubles victories (109), season singles victories (40) and combined season victories (74).

After earning a bachelor's degree in business administration-marketing from Notre Dame in 2001, Dasso spent two injury-riddled years playing professionally, ranking as high as 483rd in the world in singles and 388th in doubles, before returning to South Bend to join the Irish staff.

    Georgia Rose-Assistant Coach




     
        Georgia Rose
    Position: Assistant Coach
    Experience: First Season
    Hometown: Mettawa, IL
    Alma Mater: Northwestern,
    2009


    Georgia Rose enters her inaugural season with the Illinois women's tennis program, marking her first collegiate coaching position. She joins the Illini staff less than four months after graduating from Northwestern University following a standout career.

    As a player, the Mettawa, Ill., native began her Northwestern career with an overall record of 38-8, including a perfect 13-0 in the Big Ten, en route to ITA Midwest Freshman of the Year and Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2006. She also compiled 29 consecutive singles wins, breaking the previous school record of 28.

    In 2007, Rose garnered her first career singles and doubles All-America accolades after advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA singles tournament. She also earned Big Ten Player of the Year honors, finishing the season 5-0 in conference matches and 26-5 overall.

    Rose concluded her career a four-time All-American with 125 singles wins, including a 29-2 mark in the Big Ten. She was named ITA Midwest Regional Senior of the Year in 2009, ending the season ranked No. 21 nationally in singles and No. 13 in doubles after advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships.

    Additionally, Rose helped lead the Wildcats to four straight Big Ten titles and a final national ranking of No. 2 in 2008 and 2009. She also was only the second player in school history to qualify for the NCAA Singles Championship all four years.

    Adam Chervin- Volunteer Assistant Coach




     
          Adam Chervin
    Position: Volunteer Assistant Coach
    Experience: First Season
    Hometown: Waukegan, IL
    Alma Mater: Illinois, 1999


    Adam Chervin returns as a volunteer assistant coach with the Illinois women's tennis program, after a previous stint from 2003-04.

    A high school standout at Waukegan High School, he and his brother teamed up to win the doubles sectional his sophomore year before being eliminated at the state tournament by a duo that included Jeff Laski, who would go on to become an All-American at Illinois.

    Chervin's singles ranking (second year of 18s) reached as high as No. 6 in the Chicago District of the USTA.

    Chervin earned his bachelor's (with distinction) and master's degrees, both in biology, from Illinois. He graduated in May 2009 with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, working on the immune system and is continuing his research as a post-doctoral researcher in the lab of Dr. David Kranz.