Nike Adult Tennis Camp at University of Illinois Urbana, Illinois
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Nike Adult Tennis Camps is excited to be on the University of Illinois campus for summer 2013! Join the fun, make new friends and keep you game fresh at this adult summer tennis camp!
The Nike Adult Tennis Camp at University of Illinois is a camp gives adult tennis players the opportunity to hit tons of balls, improve their technique, and be challenged by some of the best players in their peer group. Our camps combine technical tennis instruction and drilling from a top notch coaching staff, supervised match play, and a team tennis mixer on Saturday night!
- Daily instruction from U of I Head Women's Coach, Michelle Dasso, and her outstanding collegiate staff
- 5-6 hours of daily instruction including drilling and match play with a 6:1 student to teacher ratio
- Play daily at the Atkins Tennis Center and Khan Outdoor Complex
- Includes a team tennis mixer on Saturday night!
- Every camper gets a Nike Tennis Camp t-shirt
University of Illinois is situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis and 170 miles northeast of St. Louis. The camp uses the multi-million dollar Atkins Tennis Center/Khan Outdoor Tennis Complex, featuring six indoor and 20 lighted outdoor tennis courts.Meet your coaching staff
Head coach Michelle Dasso enters her seventh 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.Read Full Bio
In just six short years, Dasso has made huge strides with the women's tennis program.
Dasso's 2011-12 squad produced three All-Big Ten honorees, the most in program history. Melissa Kopinski and Allison Falkin were named first-team, while Marisa Lambropoulos was named second-team. The Orange and Blue took down No. 9 Texas, marking Illinois' first win over a top-10 team since 2003, and finished the year 18-8 overall with a No. 21 ranking.
The 2010-11 Illini boasted two All-Big Ten honorees, including Rachael White (first team) and Amy Allin (second team).
In the previous season, the Illini were rewarded with their first top-25 finish in the final Campbell's/ITA rankings since 2004, after making their third straight NCAA tournament appearance. The Orange and Blue finished 15-10 overall, including nine wins over nationally ranked opponents and placed third in the Big Ten with an 8-2 mark. Dasso also showed her recruiting prowess, signing the fourth-ranked recruiting class in the nation, which was the highest-ranked class in Illinois history.
In addition to her Illinois coaching duties, Dasso also served as coach for the fourth annual Master'U BNP Paribas for the second straight year. The international competition features the top collegiate players from around the world. Working alongside Boise State head coach Greg Patton, the duo guided the U.S. to a first-place finish with a 4-3 victory over France. It was the first-ever championship for the U.S. in only its second appearance in the tournament.
In 2008-09, the Illini advanced 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 their first win over a top-20 opponent in five years. The squad took home Illinois' Outstanding Team GPA Award with a cumulative GPA of 3.475.
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.
In only her third season with Notre Dame, Dasso made a name for herself as a recruiter. She helped recruit the 2006-07's Irish signing class that ranked No. 1 in the country by tennisrecruiting.net, while previously being involved in recruiting two All-Americans. In addition, the women's tennis team was annually in contention for the highest team GPA honors among all Notre Dame athletic teams.
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 first four-time All-American. She still tops the Irish record books in nearly every statistical category, including career singles victories (140), most wins at No. 1 singles (67), season singles victories (40) and combined season victories (74).
In 2001, she received the Francis Patrick O'Conner Award, presented annually by the University to one male and one female student-athlete who best displayed the total embodiment of the true spirit of Notre Dame.
After earning a bachelor's degree in business administration-marketing from Notre Dame in 2001, Dasso played professionally for two years, before returning to South Bend to join the Irish staff.
Assistant coach Mark Denenfeld enters his first season at the helm of the Illinois women's tennis program.
Camp staff is made up of current and former University of Illinois tennis players.
(Camp Code: TNADUI)
The Adult Nike Tennis Camp at University of Illinois is designed for players ages 18 and over of all skill levels.
2013 Dates: June 28-30
Clinic Hours & Information:
Saturday: 8:30am-8:30pm (Includes Team Tennis Mixer on Saturday night)
Check In: 30 minutes prior to first session on Saturday at the Pauley Tennis Complex.
Check Out: 11:30am on Sunday.
Please note: This is a Day Camp only and runs during the hours listed above. The camp tuition DOES NOT include housing. Campers are required to provide their own overnight accommodations
University of Illinois is within three hours driving distance from Chicago or St. Louis and is also accessible by air. The O’Hare & Midway bus service provides transportation between major Chicago airports and the University of Illinois campus. If you fly into camp, we recommend that you fly directly to the General Wayne A. Downing Peoria International Airport, which enjoys daily jet service from Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and St. Louis and schedule a public shuttle from the airport to camp. For info on shuttles, visit the airport’s ground transportation website at http://www.flypia.com/parking.php .
A detailed camper registration packet containing check in location, health/release forms, emergency contact info, and a list of things to bring will be emailed to all registered campers in the Spring. Our health and release forms do not require a doctor's signature and they will be collected on the first day of camp.