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     Mariya Kovaleva
    Mariya Kovaleva


    Almaty, Kazakhstan

    High School:
    School #55


    Top Flames Moment: Jana Knoppe Ties UIC Career Singles Victories Record

    Knoppe's 92nd career win ties her for first all-time in singles victories at UIC


    Flames Fall to Detroit in First Round of HL Championship

    Knoppe picks up 92nd career win to tie record for all-time singles victories


    Fifty-Six UIC Student-Athletes Named to HL Spring Academic Honor Roll

    UIC had honorees from 15 different sports


    Eight UIC Student-Athletes Named to HL Spring All-Academic Teams

    Four women's tennis players earn All-Academic plaudits


    Women's Tennis Cards Top-10 Regional Ranking

    UIC captured its 16th-consecutive Horizon League title last season

    Singles Career Record
    2011-12: 18-13
    2010-11: 27-8
    2009-10: 25-5
    2008-09: 22-5
    Total: 92-31

    Horizon League Singles Career Record
    2011-12: 8-0
    2010-11: 10-0
    2009-10: 10-0
    2008-09: 9-0
    Total: 37-0

    Doubles Career Record
    2011-12: 23-14
    2010-11: 27-10
    2009-10: 24-9
    2008-09: 20-7
    Total: 94-40

    Horizon League Doubles Career Record
    2011-12: 7-2
    2010-11: 9-1
    2009-10: 9-1
    2008-09: 7-2
    Total: 32-6

    • 2012 Horizon League Player of the Year and All-League First Team selection for the fourth consecutive year.
    • Became the winningest player in UIC history in singles (92) and doubles (94).
    • Named Horizon League Tennis Athlete of the week from Feb. 6-12 and March 26-April 1.
    • Held an 11-match win streak during the season.
    • Went 8-0 in singles against Horizon League opponents to end her career undefeated.
    • Competed at No. 1 singles in all matches during the season and her career.

    • 2011 Horizon League Player of the Year and first team selection for the third year in a row.
    • Was first on the team with 27 overall singles wins at the top spot, and first with 27 doubles wins.
    • Went undefeated for the third year in a row versus Horizon League singles play at 10-0 this season.
    • On Jan. 23, defeated her first national ranked singles player against then No. 103 Kelly Barry of Marquette at the top singles spot.
    • Defeated then No. 44 Long Beach State top singles player on March 31st.
    • Was selected as the Horizon League Player of the Week on two different occasions this season (Jan.25 and April 6).

    • Recorded a perfect 10-0 singles record against the Horizon League
    • Finished the season with 25 singles wins, third most in school history
    • Was named Horizon League Player of the Week for the second straight season
    • Named to the All-Horizon League First Team
    • Named Horizon League U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete of the Month for April

    • Second Flame to be named Horizon League Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year in the same season
    • Named to the All-Horizon League First Team
    • Named conference's Player of the Week twice during the course of the season
    • Led the Flames with a 24-5 record in singles play
    • Went undefeated against the Horizon League in singles competition

    • Second-ranked player in Kazakhstan
    • National champion in singles, doubles and mixed doubles (2004, 2005)
    • Number one competitor for the Federation Cup (2005, 2006, 2007)
    • Achieved a top 1000 WTA ranking in ladies singles
    • Two-year letterwinner in volleyball in high school
    • Born: August 25, 1989
    • Parents: Valeriy Kovalyov and Marina Tkachenko
    • Major: Finance