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    Sophomore Maryia Kovaleva allowed just two points in her singles win on Sunday.
    Sophomore Maryia Kovaleva allowed just two points in her singles win on Sunday.
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    March 15, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - The UIC women’s tennis team defeated in-state opponent Illinois State 5-2 on Sunday afternoon at the Evergreen Racquet Courts.

    In doubles play, the Flames secured the doubles point winning all three matches, giving them the 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.

    Mariya Kovaleva surrender just two points in her match win over Aniko Kiss. Kovaleva took set one 6-2 and finished Kiss off with a 6-0 set two win to earn a point for UIC.

    At the third seeded match, Kristen McPhillips over took Franziska Steinhardt in two hard fought sets. McPhillips won set one by the score of 7-5 and took set two by the same score.

    Elena Antakova defeated Natalia Lech in two straight sets, taking set one 6-2 and winning set two in a tiebreaker 7-6 (11-9).

    Jenna Reisch rounded out the scoring for the Flames, beating Maria Occhipinti 7-5 in set one and 6-1 in set one at the sixth seeded match.

    UIC will begin conference play when they travel to Milwaukee Wis. to take on Horizon League opponent Milwaukee on Saturday, March 20 at 5:30 p.m.

    Singles competition
    1. Mariya Kovaleva (UIC) def. Kiss, Aniko (ILS) 6-2, 6-0
    2. Zubkova, Julia (ILS) def. Ilinca Cristescu (UIC) 5-3, 7-5, 11-9
    3. Kristen McPhillips (UIC) def. Steinhardt,Franziska (ILS) 7-5, 7-5
    4. Elena Antakova (UIC) def. Lech, Natalia (ILS) 6-2, 7-6 (11-9)
    5. Esker, Hannah (ILS) def. Amy Jellish (UIC) 6-4, 6-0
    6. Jenna Reisch (UIC) def. Occhipinti, Maria (ILS) 7-5, 6-1

    Doubles competition
    1. Mariya Kovaleva/Kristen McPhillips (UIC) def. Steinhardt,Franziska/Zubkova, Julia (ILS) 8-5
    2. Ilinca Cristescu/Elena Antakova (UIC) def. Kiss, Aniko/Lech, Natalia (ILS) 8-5
    3. Amy Jellish/Jenna Reisch (UIC) def. Esker, Hannah/Peters, Carmen (ILS) 8-6

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