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    Sophomore Christina Oum won her singles contest in straight sets against Barry's Lorna Willie on Saturday.
    Sophomore Christina Oum won her singles contest in straight sets against Barry's Lorna Willie on Saturday.
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    March 12, 2005

    Miami Shores, Fla.- On a day where three singles matches went down to the wire in super tiebreakers, the University of Illinois at Chicago women's tennis team came up short to Barry University by a deceiving 6-1 score at the Buccaneer Tennis Center in Miami Shores, Florida.

    The Flames (4-6) were led by sophomore Christina Oum, who notched a 6-1, 6-4 win over Lorna Willie. Oum was also part of a well-played match with Corey Steven in a narrow 9-8 doubles defeat against Ana Maria Zuleta and Kristin Danielson.

    After dropping a close doubles point, UIC faced even more tough luck in the singles slate. Melanie Humphrey was forced to retire due to injury in her No. 2 singles match to Greta Trotman, and Iris Jaklin lost a straight-set battle at the top spot.

    But the Flames were still in the hunt thanks to marathon matches by the middle of their lineup. Steven won the first set of her No. 3 singles match against Zuleta, taking the first frame, 6-3. Zuleta grabbed the second set by a 6-2 score, forcing the tiebreaker. In a close affair, Zuleta edged the UIC junior by a 10-7 margin.

    Grace Gill-Morlis moved up to the fifth spot for Saturday's match, and even in a loss she did not disappoint. The freshman from Lima, Peru rebounded quickly from a 6-3 first-set loss to Danielson to capture a 6-3 win in the second set. In their third-frame tiebreaker, Gill-Morlis played well but came up short in a 10-7 clincher.

    The No. 4 singles match was a classic. Molly Smith, undefeated in her last six matches, chalked up the first set against Helen Wisniewski with a 7-6 win. Wisniewski took the next set, 6-3, forcing the tiebreaker. Their final collision was an intense matchup all the way, but the back-and-forth play went in the Bucs' favor as Smith fell for the first time in seven matches after a 15-13 loss in the deciding frame.



    Barry improved to 9-1 on the year.

    The Flames continue their spring trip by taking on Florida Atlantic in Miami this Monday at 11 a.m.

    Barry 6, UIC 1
    1. Ildiko Csordas (BU) def. Iris Jaklin (UIC) 6-1, 6-1
    2. Greta Trotman (BU) def. Melanie Humphrey (UIC) 6-2, retired
    3. Ana Maria Zuleta (BU) def. Corey Steven (UIC) 3-6, 6-2, 10-7
    4. Helen Wisniewski (BU) def. Molly Smith (UIC) 6-7, 6-3, 15-13
    5. Kristin Danielson (BU) def. Grace Gill-Morlis (UIC) 6-3, 3-6, 10-7
    6. Christina Oum (UIC) def. Lorna Willie (BU) 6-1, 6-4

    DOUBLES 1. Trotman/Csordas (BU) def. Jaklin/Humphrey (UIC) 8-5 2. Zuleta/Danielson (BU) def. Steven/Oum (UIC) 9-8 3. Carole Steinhauser/Wisniewski (BU) def. Smith/Gill-Morlis (UIC) 8-4