Women's Tennis Pulls Away From Butler For 4-1 Win

Jana Knoppe
Jana Knoppe

March 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS - While having three matches go unfinished, the UIC women's tennis team (9-3, 1-0 HL) was able to capture a 4-1 win Sunday over Butler at the Butler Bubble to sweep its competition this weekend.  Junior Jana Knoppe and freshman Ann-Sophie Hahn took wins at doubles and singles for the Flames.

UIC made quick work against the Bulldogs after taking two doubles wins for the first point.  Knoppe and Keti Mebuke combined at No. 3 to blank Laura Shull and Sienna Reuter, 8-0, as Natalia Kuvakina and Hahn came away with an 8-2 win over Stephanie McLoughlin and Konstantina Adami at No. 2.

Haley Craig and Kathryn Sharples were up 7-3 in their match against Caroline Hedrick and Brittany Farmer before it went unfinished.

As the Flames moved into singles, Sharples, Knoppe and Hahn were able to tally three straight-set wins to secure the victory and improve to 3-0 in the dual season at their respective positions.

Sharples was able to take down Farmer at No. 3 in a 6-1, 6-3 decision, while Knoppe took out Adami, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 4 and Hahn secured a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 6 over Reuter to go undefeated on the day.

At No. 5, Mebuke held a 6-0, 5-0 lead on Shull as the match went unfinished.  Kuvakina also had her match go unfinished as she was down 6-4, 1-6, 5-1 to McLoughlin at No. 2.

Butler's lone win came at No. 1, as Hedrick defeated Craig, 6-3, 6-2.

UIC heads home to prepare for a busy schedule of three matches over three days.  The Flames host Akron at 11 a.m. (CT) Wednesday at Match Point Tennis before welcoming Milwaukee and Green Bay for a pair of back-to-back matches Friday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

UIC 4, Butler 1
1. Caroline Hedrick (BU) def. Haley Craig (UIC) 6-3, 6-2
2. Stephanie McLoughlin (BU) vs. Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) 6-4, 1-6, 5-1 unfinished
3. Kathryn Sharples (UIC) def. Brittany Farmer (BU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Jana Knoppe (UIC) def. Konstantina Adami (BU) 6-2, 6-1
5. Keti Mebuke (UIC) vs. Laura Shull (BU) 6-0, 5-0 unfinished
6. Ann-Sophie Hahn (UIC) def. Sienna Reuter (BU) 6-1, 6-0

1. Haley Craig/Kathryn Sharples (UIC) vs. Caroline Hedrick/Brittany Farmer (BU) 7-3 unfinished
2. Natalia Kuvakina/Ann-Sophie Hahn (UIC) def. Stephanie McLoughlin/Konstantina Adami (BU) 8-2
3. Jana Knoppe/Keti Mebuke (UIC) def. Laura Shull/Sienna Reuter (BU) 8-0