Amber Rezinas signed out of Shelbyville hHigh School tennis to compete for Millikin University in 2018. She got warmed up as a freshman, then increased her success as a sophomore.

This spring at Hilton Head, South Carolina, Rezinas was one of the two winners in the 6-3 loss to Ohio Wesleyan. Rezinas torched her #6 singles opponent Erin McPherson, 6-0, 6-0. Alena Hinch won #5 singles, 6-2, 6-1. The two combined to win #3 doubles, 8-7.

Early in the season last fall, the Millikin women’s tennis team went 1-1 to on to finish second in the 2019 Dorothy McClure Tennis Tournament held at the Fairview Tennis Center in Decatur. The event is believed to me the oldest collegiate tennis tournament for women dating back to 1917.

Millikin opened the day with a 7-2 win over Cornell College. The Big Blue won five of six singles matches and two of three doubles matches. Millikin singles winner were Morgan Bettner (6-1, 6-3), Shelby Jones (6-3, 6-0), Danielle Beard (6-0, 6-0), Katie Cooper (6-0, 6-0) and Amber Rezinas (7-5, 10-7).

In Rezinas’ freshman season, her resume was 2-4 in singles. In doubles, she and Alena Hinch show them going 2-1. Her sophomore year, Rezinas upped her resume to 3-2 in singles and 2-0 in doubles with Hinch.

In high school, Rezinas was a team leader for Shelbyville tennis. Rezinas played 19 singles matches her senior year. She was #2 singles, 10 times (8-2). She also played #1, #3, and #4 with an overall singles record of 12-7 (63%). She had a 4-match win streak and a 3-match win streak that season.

Rezinas also played #2 doubles, 8 times (4-4). She played #1 and #3 doubles, too, with an overall team-best record of 11-7 (61%). She had a 4- match win streak and a 3-match win streak.

2018 Millikin Freshman Singles

8/25/18 Illinois Tech #6 v. Sarah Oshana Loss 4-6, 0-6

9/1/18 Dubuque, Univ. #6 v. Hailey Wang, Loss 0-6, 2-6

10/10/18 Rose-Hulman #6 v. Kai Faulk, Won 6-3, 6-2

3/9/19 vs Agnes Scott #6 v. No player, Won by default

3/14/19 vs Westminster #6 Allyson Gitzen, Loss 1-6, 1-6 -/-

4/9/19 at Blackburn #5 Mackay-Slavin, A. Loss 3-6, 6-1, 7-10 -/-

Doubles

3/9/19 vs Agnes Scott #3 v. No players, partner Hinch, Alena, Won by default

3/14/19 vs Westminster #3 v. Alexis Grates/Kaitlyn Johnson, partner Hinch, Alena, Won 8-6

4/9/19 at Blackburn #3 v. Coleman, Asia/Mackay-Slavin, partner A. Cooper, Katie, Loss 6-8

2019 Millikin Sophomore Singles

8/28/19 at Illinois College # 6 v. Maggie Dooley, Won 6-0, 6-0

8/31/19 Cornell College #6 v. Natalie Brandt, Won 7-5, 10-7

8/31/19 Greenville #6 v. Annie Bellinger, Loss 2-6, 3-6

9/12/19 at Rose-Hulman #6 v. Krista Manche, Loss 2-6, 1-6

3/11/20 vs Ohio Wesleyan #6 v. Erin McPherson Won, 6-0, 6-0

Doubles

8/28/19 at Illinois College #3 v. Lena Reed/Maggie Dooley, partner Katie Cooper, Won 8-2

3/11/20 vs Ohio Wesleyan #3 v. Olivia Guenzel/Erin McPherson, partner Alena Hinch, Won 8-7 (8-3)

John Curtis can be reached at john.curtis@shelbyvilledailyunion.com

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