Women's Tennis Edged by Detroit, Ending Historic 17-Year Winning Streak
April 6, 2013
CHICAGO - After winning 146-consecutive matches against conference opponents, the UIC women's tennis team (11-5, 3-1 HL) had its historic streak come to an end Saturday, as the Flames fell to Detroit, 4-3, in a Horizon League dual match at the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts. Prior to the match, UIC honored its lone senior, Haley Craig, who went 2-0 on the day in doubles and singles play.
UIC hadn't been defeated by a conference opponent since the 1996 season, when the Flames fell to Green Bay (April 21, 1996) in the postseason tournament final.
The Titans were a challenge for the Flames from the start, as the teams began in doubles and Detroit took two of the three matches to jump out to a 1-0 lead.
At No. 1 doubles, Craig and Mariana Palacios downed Elena Strakhova and Valery Kulikovskaya, 8-3, for the first win of the day. Kathryn Sharples and Jana Knoppe suffered an 8-4 loss at No. 2 to Nino Sujashvili and Irina Slizovskaya, while Natalia Kuvakina and Ann-Sophie Hahnfell to Raina Halabi and Chloe Karoub, 8-6, at No. 3.
In singles, UIC had three of its matches extend to a decisive third set, while claiming a pair of straight-set wins from Craig and Knoppe.
Craig recorded her second win of the day, as she competed at No. 2 and took down Julia Fernandes, 6-0, 6-4, before Knoppe collected a 6-2, 6-1 win at No. 5 over Halabi. Palacios produced the Flames final win of the day after capturing a three-set (5-7, 6-3, 6-1) win at No. 1 over Karoub to improve to 2-0 at the position.