April 18, 2014
CSU 4, UIC 3
GRIFFITH, Ind. – The UIC women’s tennis team (8-11, 5-2 HL) came away with the doubles point on Friday, but it could not produce the final victory in singles as it fell to Cleveland State (10-11, 6-1 HL), 4-3, at Match Point Tennis. Senior Jana Knoppe was able to carry on her 15-match win streak with a victory in singles, while junior Keti Mebuke won her seventh-straight match.
UIC started off strong in doubles and took two wins to clinch the point while the third match was left unfinished. Seniors Mariana Palacios and Kathryn Sharples took down Alex Power and Ellen Folkers, 8-2, at No. 1, as senior Natalia Kuvakina and Mebuke nearly blanked Alex Bush and Victoria Bensimon, 8-1, at No. 3.
Knoppe tabbed her 15th-straight victory in single when she ousted Kara Sherwood, 6-4, 6-0, in straight sets at No. 3 to remain a perfect 6-0 at the position this season. Mebuke collected the Flames’ other win at No. 5, where she picked up a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Princess Gbadamosi, for her 12th win of the dual season.
Two of UIC’s matches went to three sets after Kuvakina won her first but fell to Mathilde Orange, 6-7, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 4, and sophomore Ann-Sophie Hahn fought back in her second set before suffering a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 loss to Bensimon at No. 6.
The Vikings won the No. 1 and No. 2 positions in straight sets after Sharples fell to Lauren Golick, 6-3, 6-3, and Palacios dropped a 6-2, 6-2 decision to Bush.
UIC will prepare for its final match of the regular season on Saturday, when it hosts Youngstown State at the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts beginning at 10 a.m. CT.