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