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    Women's Tennis Nipped By No. 33 Illinois, 4-3

    Junior Molly Smith improved to 2-0 all-time at Illinois on Sunday.
    Junior Molly Smith improved to 2-0 all-time at Illinois on Sunday.
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    Feb. 6, 2005

    Champaign, Ill.- While moral victories don't count in the standings, the UIC women's tennis team can't hold their heads down after Sunday's effort.

    Facing one of the top teams in the Midwest on the road after getting shutout at Western Michigan on Saturday, the Flames put up an inspiring performance against the Fighting Illini, rallying from an early deficit to even the match at three before falling 4-3 at the Atkins Tennis Center.

    UIC (1-3) wrapped up a grueling three-match road trip in Champaign with top notch singles showings from the heart of the lineup. Corey Steven disposed of Brianna Knue with a 6-4, 6-3 win at the No. 2 spot, while Melanie Humphrey squeezed out a first set win and went on to dominate the second frame against Alejandra Cuadra, 7-6, 6-1.

    Molly Smith ran her career record versus Emily Wang to 2-0 with a 7-5, 6-4 victory at the fourth slot.

    With the match tied 3-3, the decision hinged on the No. 6 matchup between junior Pavlina Akritas and freshman Grace Gill-Morlis. Gill-Morlis posted an outstanding effort, just falling in a 7-6, 7-5 defeat.

    UIC returns home to host Bowling Green at the Evergreen Racquet & Fitness Center on Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

    No. 33 Illinois 4, UIC 3

    SINGLES 1. Macall Harkins (ILL) def. Iris Jaklin (UIC) 6-3, 6-1 2. Corey Steven (UIC) def. Brianna Knue (ILL) 6-4, 6-3 3. Melanie Humphrey (UIC) def. Alejandra Cuadra (ILL) 7-6, 6-1 4. Molly Smith (UIC) def. Emily Wang (ILL) 7-5, 6-4 5. Anastasia Sokolova (ILL) def. Christina Oum (UIC) 6-4, 6-0 6. Pavlina Akritas (ILL) def. Grace Gill-Morlis (UIC) 7-6, 7-5

    DOUBLES 1. Cynthya Goulet/Wang (ILL) def. Jaklin/Humphrey (UIC) 8-2 2. #54 Harkins/Knue (ILL) def. Steven/Oum (UIC) 8-3 3. Sokolova/Cuadra (ILL) def. Smith/Gill-Morlis (UIC) 9-7