Feb. 23, 2014
ISU 4, UIC 3
GRIFFITH, Ind. – The UIC women’s tennis team (2-8) made a strong effort on Sunday at Match Point Tennis but was unable to produce enough wins to defeat Illinois State, as it fell to the Redbirds, 4-3. Senior Jana Knoppe and freshman Veronica Lacerda won their matches in singles for the second time this weekend after the Flames picked up the doubles point with a pair of wins.
UIC came out in doubles and took the first point. Knoppe and senior Kathryn Sharples defeated Emmie Marx and Carolina Abello, 8-6, at No. 2, while Lacerda and junior Keti Mebuke captured an 8-4 win over Ashton Nisbet and Heather Nisbet at No. 3. Illinois State collected the win at No. 1, as seniors Mariana Palacios and Natalia Kuvakina fell to Phyllis Tigges and Kadi Ilves, 8-2.
In singles, Knoppe won her sixth-consecutive match with a straight-set 7-5, 6-3 victory over Abello at No. 3, where she was positioned for the first time this season. Lacerda additionally took a win in two set over H. Nisbet, 7-5, 6-2, at No. 4. The Flames ultimately defaulted in what would have been the deciding match at No. 6, as they were without a player.
Despite the loss, Palacios put up a strong fight at No. 1 against Tigges, taking her to three sets before dropping a 6-3, 5-7, 10-6 decision. Sharples, at No. 2, also went to three sets against Marx but fell in a 0-6, 6-4, 10-5 final, while Mebuke suffered a 6-4, 7-5 loss at No. 4 to Ilves.
The Flames will go on a short break before resuming action on the courts at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis., on March 8 to face Wisconsin at noon CT.