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    Jan. 17, 2013

    CHICAGO – The UIC men's tennis team (0-1) gets set for back-to-back days of competition this weekend.  On Friday, the Flames head to Kalamazoo, Mich., to take on Western Michigan at 5 p.m. (CT) at West Hills Athletic Club, before returning home to go up against Chicago State at 6 p.m. (CT) on Saturday at the Hinsdale Racquet Club in Hinsdale, Ill.

    “Western Michigan is always a top MAC team and a good test early in the season,” head coach Hans Neufeld said.  “I look forward to our first home match this Saturday with Chicago State at the Hinsdale Racquet Club.”

    UIC is coming off of its season opener against DePaul on Jan. 12.  The Flames combined through singles and doubles to take three wins, but could not stay on top of the Blue Demons, as they fell 5-2.

    Christopher Cole captured a singles win for UIC at the No. 4 position, defeating Kyle Johnson, 6-4, 3-3 (ret.), and Maurizio Feoli won his match against Adam Reinhart, 6-3, 4-6, 10-8, at No. 6.

    Alexander Raa and Rahul Kamath combined in doubles and took out Mathias Hambach and Filip Dzanko at the No. 1 slot with an 8-6 final.

    The Flames look to take a win over the Broncos on Friday, after WMU has won the previous three matches.  Western Michigan is 1-1 this season, with a 6-1 win over Detroit and a 5-2 loss against No. 41 Northwestern.

    It was during the 2007-08 season that UIC last competed against Chicago State, and the Cougars came out with a close 4-3 win.  Saturday’s match with the Flames marks the first of the season for CSU, after competing in a pair of invitationals and the USTA/ITA Midwest Regionals in the fall.