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    Corey Steven was able to chalk up her first singles win of the spring campaign on Friday.
    Corey Steven was able to chalk up her first singles win of the spring campaign on Friday.
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    Jan. 24, 2004

    Milwaukee, Wis.- The UIC women's tennis team fell behind early in doubles, and despite some hard-fought singles matches the Flames could not get past a tough Marquette squad in a season-opening 6-1 loss at Helfaer Tennis Stadium in Milwaukee on Friday night.

    The Flames (0-1) were led by sophomore Corey Steven, who rallied from a first-set loss to defeat the Golden Eagles' Dominika Dabrowski at No. 4 singles, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.

    Steven's win was the only UIC victory on the evening.

    Things started off rocky for the Flames, who were swept in doubles by Marquette (2-0) for an early 1-0 meet deficit.

    During the singles portion of the event, UIC posted some outstanding efforts, but the Eagles were able to get the breaks most of the night.

    At No. 1 singles, newcomer Beatriz Cabrera took Veronica Garcia Briseno to the limit, dropping a 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-2) match.

    Another UIC newcomer, Iris Jaklin, opened her spring campaign against Genevieve Charron, who held back Jaklin in another tough bout, 6-3, 7-5.

    Senior Ayca Gumuscu had one of the wildest matches on the day, going back-and-forth with Callan Smith in a 7-6 (7-4), 5-7, 1-0 (10-7) thriller.

    Melanie Humphrey and Molly Smith were also in action, losing to Francina Bonnelly and Anabelle Espinosa, respectively.

    The Flames return to action this Friday, January 30th as they travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to battle Drake at noon.