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    April 20, 2011

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    CHICAGO- The UIC men's tennis team is looking to advance to the Horizon League Championship match for the seventh straight year.  The Flames will have to go through No. 5 Butler in the quarter finals first, at North Central High School in Indianapolis, Thursday beginning at noon.

    UIC (7-12, 4-3 Horizon League) is coming into this tournament as the No. 4 overall seed.  On Sunday, April 17, the Flames defeated Butler to wrap up the Horizon League regular season, 6-1.  

    Senior Luiz Gonzaga leads the team with five conference wins and just two losses in singles competition.  Sophomore Gautham Oroskar is also perfect in the league, entering the postseason 4-0.  As a team, the Flames boast an overall record of 20-22 versus Horizon League opponents.  

    In doubles play, the Flames have over a .700 winning percentage and an overall record of 15-6 against Horizon League foes.  Senior Dave Robare and freshman Alexander Raa currently have the most wins on the team, coming in at 5-2.  The doubles du of Gonzaga and sophomore Rahul Kamath have won their last four out of five matches, while juniors Nate Kirk and Scott Shepardson secured a 4-2 mark playing alongside each other during the regular season.

    "Butler has been a perennial powerhouse in the league and will be a tough match up," said head coach Hans Neufeld.  "The win for us last Sunday has to give us confidence, but we still respect the competitive schedule the Bulldogs have played and we are ready for a tough battle with them."

    Butler comes in as the overall No. 5 seed in the tournament after posting a 7-15 overall record and a 4-3 mark in conference play.  On Saturday, April 16, the Bulldogs defeated the visitors from Valparaiso in a tight one, 4-3.  The next day, the Bulldogs lost the Horizon League finale to UIC, 6-1.

    The Flames will put a five-match win streak on the line against Butler.  With a win over the Bulldogs, UIC would take on the three-time defending League champions Cleveland State, Friday beginning at 9:30 a.m. CST.  The No. 1 overall seed Cleveland State enters the tournament on a 32-game League winning streak into the semifinals after earning a first round bye.