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    Oum's Victory Clinches Women's Tennis Win Over Eastern Michigan, 4-3

    Sophomore Christina Oum's singles win clinched a dual match victory for the Flames on Thursday.
    Sophomore Christina Oum's singles win clinched a dual match victory for the Flames on Thursday.
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    March 18, 2005

    Evergreen Park, Ill.- Sophomore Christina Oum's hard-fought three-set comeback win over Easten Michigan's Laura Fernandez propelled the University of Illinois at Chicago women's tennis team to a 4-3 win over the visiting Eagles at the Evergreen Racquet and Fitness Center on Thursday.

    Oum bounced back from a 6-4 loss to Fernandez in the first set to take the second frame, 6-2. In a thrilling tiebreaker, Oum stole the show and the match with a 7-6(5) clincher in the last and deciding contest of the day to give the Flames (5-7) the victory.

    The Flames went up early on a doubles point win, thanks to victories from the team of Iris Jaklin and Molly Smith in the top spot and Corey Steven and Oum in the second slot.

    Steven earned a solid No. 3 singles win over Yana Parfenyuk. while Grace Gill-Morlis continued to play well in her rookie campaign with a 6-1, 6-0 No. 4 singles win over Flavia Micati.

    The win snapped a three-match losing skid for UIC.

    Eastern Michigan fell to 2-7 on the year.

    UIC 4, Eastern Michigan 3
    1. Victoria Domina (EMU) def. Iris Jaklin (UIC) 7-6(4), 6-4
    2. Lisa Syrova (EMU) def. Molly Smith (UIC) 6-2, 6-2
    3. Corey Steven (UIC) def. Yana Parfenyuk (EMU) 7-5, 6-3
    4. Grace Gill-Morlis (UIC) def. Flavia Micati (EMU) 6-1, 6-0
    5. Christina Oum (UIC) def. Laura Fernandez (EMU) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(5)
    6. Tina Bestahorn (EMU) def. Virginija Palshmitaite (UIC) 6-1, 6-1

    DOUBLES 1. Jaklin/Smith (UIC) def. Micati/Fernandez (EMU) 8-5 2. Steven/Oum (UIC) def. Syrova/Parfenyuk (EMU) 8-4 3. Domina/Bestahorn (EMU) def. Gill-Morlis/Palshmitaite (UIC) 8-2