Flames Head To Indy For 2004 Horizon League Tennis Championships
April 22, 2004
Chicago, Ill.- One team looks to continue its dominance. Another seeks an unprecedented finish.
The UIC men's and women's tennis teams head to Indianapolis' North Central High for the 2004 Horizon League Tennis Championships on different paths but armed with the same goal in mind: a conference title.
The women's team, seeded No. 1 as a result of their perfect 7-0 league record, take on No. 8 UW-Milwaukee, who the Flames defeated this past Saturday in Milwaukee by an abbreviated 6-0 count. Play between these two rivals begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday.
The men's team (3-2) are seeded third and will take on No. 6 Wright State, a team that they also swept on Saturday in a 7-0 victory. The men's match begins at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday.
For the women's team, it's business as usual as UIC Head Coach Shannon Tully has her squad revved up for an outstanding eighth consecutive conference championship and a sixth straight berth to the NCAA Tournament. The Flames have kicked it up a notch with Tully at the helm for the past three seasons, going undefeated in Horizon League action.
Beatriz Cabrera leads the way for the Flames at No. 1 singles. In her first year at UIC, Cabrera has dominated the top singles position with a sparkling 16-2 record.
Along with Cabrera, UIC boasts a stellar corps of talent across the board. Senior Ayca Gumuscu, 12-5 in spring play and undefeated in league action at a perfect 7-0, looks to go out in style with her fourth conference title.
2003 Horizon League Newcomer of the Year Corey Steven, an All-Horizon League First Team honoree last season, posted 12 wins in spring dual meet competition while newcomer Iris Jaklin, an All-League candidate this season, made a smashing debut for the Flames with 10 spring wins and a perfect 7-0 league record.
The women's team is not the only UIC tennis squad with a newcomer holding down the top spot. Freshman sensation Artsem Burmistrau's 13-5 record on the men's side gives him the best singles winning percentage (.722) in the league. Burmistrau, a three-time Horizon League Athlete of the Week, looks to lead the Flames to their first-ever league crown.
UIC Head Men's Tennis Coach Hans Neufeld believes in his team's ability to grab the conference crown, especially after some strong performances throughout a tough league stretch the past two weeks.
Senior John Cincola anchors a talented young crop of athletes, including Karol Zarucki, Paul Glendenning, Pat Zufan, Yevgen Ryeznik and Sean Kreymborg. Cincola, who has played No. 2, 3, 4, and 5 singles throughout the season, will lead the squad into Indianapolis with an eye on unseating the defending champion Butler Bulldogs on their home turf.
Check out the seeding for both the men's and women's league tournaments above and keep track of the road to the Horizon League Championships here at uicflames.com.