Feb. 9, 2014
BGSU 5, UIC 2
PERRYSBURG, Ohio – The UIC women’s tennis team (1-5) suffered a 5-2 loss to Bowling Green on Sunday at Perrysburg Tennis Center. Senior Jana Knoppe picked up her second singles win in as many days, while freshman Veronica Lacerda also picked up a tally for the Flames.
The Falcons won two of the three doubles matches to claim the first point, as Keti Mebuke and Lacerda picked up a victory for UIC by blanking Harley Hutchison and Hannah Drayton, 6-0. Mariana Palacios and Natalia Kuvakina lost their match at No. 1 in the tiebreaker to Drew Fillis and Emily Reuland, 7-6 (4), while Knoppe and Kathryn Sharples lost at No. 2 to Nikki Chiricosta and Katie Brozovich, 6-2.
In singles, Knoppe collected her fifth win of the dual season when she defeated Fillis, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 4, as Lacerda ousted Brittany Plaszewski, 6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (7), for her first collegiate victory. The wins by Knoppe and Lacerda would be the only individual victories for UIC, as Bowling Green went on to collect four points.
Palacios dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision at her usual No. 1 position against Chiricosta and Kuvakina went down at No. 2 to Reuland, 6-1, 6-2. The Falcons other wins also came in straight sets, with Sharples falling at No. 3 to Brozovich, 6-4, 6-0, and Mebuke coming up short against Hutchison, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 5.
The Flames are back in action next weekend when they host Michigan State on Saturday at 2 p.m. CT in their first home match of the season Match Point Tennis in Griffith, Ind., before heading to Kalamazoo, Mich., on Sunday to challenge Western Michigan at 10 a.m. at West Hills Athletic Club.