April 12, 2014
UIC 6, Oakland 1
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. - Head coach Shannon Tully collected her 200th career win as the UIC women's tennis team (8-10, 5-1 HL) captured a 6-1 victory in its first ever meeting with Oakland (5-13, 1-5 HL) on Saturday at Bloomfield Tennis. The Flames swept all three doubles matches and went on to take five singles at the No. 2-6 positions.
The first win for UIC came at No. 3 doubles, where senior Natalia Kuvakina and junior Keti Mebuke took down Cam Sabourin and Maxime Colen, 8-2. Seniors Mariana Palacios and Kathryn Sharples then took out Karine Celis and Juliana Guevara, 8-4, before senior Jana Knoppe and sophomore Ann-Sophie Hahn rounded out play with an 8-3 victory over Tamara Blum and Elizabeth Guy.
In singles, Knoppe picked up her 14th-consecutive win with a 6-0, 6-1 victory over Colen at No. 3, as Palacios remained undefeated at No. 2 with a 6-2, 6-0 win against Celis and Mebuke won her sixth straight when she bested Blum, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 4.
Freshman Veronica Lacerda came back from falling in her first set against Guevara to take a 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 win at No. 6, while Hahn battled to a three-set victory at No. 5 over Guy, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2.
The lone loss came at No. 1, where Sharples fell in a tough match against Sabourin, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3.
The Flames return home for their final two matches of the regular season as they host Cleveland State on Friday and Youngstown State on Saturday. Both matches are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. CT at the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts.