Men's Tennis Sweeps Two In Peoria|
Jan. 23, 2005
Peoria, Ill.- Win or lose, UIC head coach Hans Neufeld likes to see his men's tennis team battle whenever they play.
But it makes him feel much better when their effort does translate to victories.
That's what happened this Sunday, when the Flames swept their two matches in Peoria, Ill. against Bradley and Western Illinois. UIC (3-2) downed the host Braves 4-2 and subsequently took care of the Leathernecks with a 4-1 win.
UIC went up early on Bradley with a nice two-win performance on the doubles side. The Flames took care of business on the singles slate against a consistently-tough Braves bunch, thanks to clutch wins by second-year Flames Karol Zarucki and Paul Glendenning. Sean Kreymborg, another young player in his second year on the team, clinched the team win with a comeback 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(8) victory over Mark Muskievicz.
The Flames took on Western Illinois right after, and Neufeld's crew didn't lose a beat. UIC swept the doubles point and used singles wins by No. 1 singles player Ivan Kovalev and No. 5 player Eric Fey to go up 3-1. Senior captain James Wonneberg then sealed the deal with a 6-3, 6-4 over Drew Forsberg.
"They stepped it up a level," Neufeld said of his squad's weekend performance.
But even after a great day like Sunday, Neufeld knows that his team still has some bridges to cross if they want to achieve their ultimate goal of a Horizon League championship.
"We need to continue to improve to compete for the conference championship," Neufeld said.
The Flames return home to play league rival Wright State at the Hinsdale Racquet Club next Saturday at 8 p.m.