April 12, 2013
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - After claiming the doubles point, the UIC women's tennis team (12-5, 4-1 HL) went on in singles to edge by Youngstown State and take a 4-3 conference win Friday at the Boardman Tennis Center.
The Flames came away with the first point of the day after winning two-of-three doubles matches. Haley Craig and Mariana Palacios tallied an 8-3 win at No. 1 against Marta Burak and Margarita Sadovnikova, while Natalia Kuvakina and Ann-Sophie Hahn came in at No. 3 to take out Annina Brendel and Tijana Raicevic, 8-4.
The final doubles match was close at No. 2, but Jana Knoppe and Kathryn Sharples ultimately fell to Paula de Man/Lauren Hankle, 9-8.
Heading into singles, UIC had to fend off the Penguins to take three wins and secure the victory. Sharples took a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over Carolyn Jesko at No. 5 and Keti Mebuke also took a straight-set 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 6 versus Brendel, while Knoppe came in at No. 4 with the deciding 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 win against Hankle.
Palacios had a hard fought battle at No. 2, with her match going to three sets, but dropped a 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 decision to Sadovnikova. The other wins for Youngstown State came at No. 1, where de Man took down Craig, 6-2, 6-2, and at No. 3, with Kuvakina falling to Burak, 7-5, 6-0.
The Flames continue their stint in Ohio Saturday, as they get set to face Cleveland State at noon (CT) at the Chagrin Valley Athletic Club in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.
UIC 4, YSU 3
1. Paula de Man (YSU) def. Haley Craig (UIC) 6-2, 6-2
2. Margarita Sadovnikova (YSU) def. Mariana Palacios (UIC) 6-0, 5-7, 6-4
3. Marta Burak (YSU) def. Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) 7-5, 6-0
4. Jana Knoppe (UIC) def. Lauren Hankle (YSU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3
5. Kathryn Sharples (UIC) def. Carolyn Jesko (YSU) 6-0, 6-1
6. Keti Mebuke (UIC) def. Annina Brendel (YSU) 6-4, 6-4
1. Haley Craig/Mariana Palacios (UIC) def. Marta Burak/Margarita Sadovnikova (YSU) 8-3
2. Paula de Man/Lauren Hankle (YSU) def. Jana Knoppe/Kathryn Sharples (UIC) 9-8
3. Natalia Kuvakina/Ann-Sophie Hahn (UIC) def. Annina Brendel/Tijana Raicevic (YSU) 8-4