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    Sept. 29, 2013

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    EAST LANSING, Mich. - The UIC women's tennis team concluded its first tournament of the fall season Sunday at the Spartan Invitational.  During the three days of competition, the Flames collected eight individual wins and four victories in doubles against their opponents.

    With singles and doubles split into A, B and C draws, seniors Mariana Palacios and Kathryn Sharples, sophomore Ann-Sophie Hahn and freshman Veronica Lacerda competed for UIC against opponents from Michigan State, Cleveland State, IPFW, Toledo and Wisconsin, while Akron was also present.

    Palacios and Hahn combined in Draw B doubles and came away with wins in their first two matches.  The duo took down IPFW's Kristine Lindal and Marcy Huck, 8-7 (1), before taking an 8-3 win against Cleveland State's Mathilde Orange and Kara Sherwood.  The wins led the pair to the championship match, but Palacios and Hahn fell in a close match to Toledo's Chrissy Coffman and Mackenzie Bowman, 9-8 (9).

    Sharples and Lacerda were positioned in Draw C doubles, where they took down Michigan State's Christina Brown and Emmy Virkus, 8-2, and went on to collect an 8-3 victory over IPFW's Bianca Avram and Sonya Sorokina.  While competing in the championship match of their bracket, Sharples and Lacerda were unable to fend off Cleveland State's Alex Bush and Ellen Folkers and went down, 8-5.

    While competing in Draw A singles, Palacios fell in three sets in her first match to Toledo's Pia Rygh, 2-6, 7-5, 6-3, and Sharples dropped a 6-0, 6-3 decision to Michigan State's Erin Faulkner.  Into the west consolation, Palacios suffered a 7-6 (1), 6-3 loss to Cleveland State's Princess Gbadamosi and Sharples went down to IPFW's Mayu Sato, 6-4, 6-3.

    The pair then headed to two additional consolation brackets and won both of their matches.  Palacios defeated IPFW's Ella Norgren, 6-4, 6-2, and Sharples took out IPFW's Mila Shustova, 7-5, 7-5, in the south bracket, before taking to the southeast consolation where Palacios came away with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Shustova and Sharples claimed a 6-0, 6-0 win against Norgren.

    The Flames were represented in Draw B singles by Hahn, who dropped her first match to Wisconsin's Anastasia Tipolskaya, 6-3, 6-3, before going on in the west consolation to take three matches to win the west title.  Hahn bested Toledo's Lexy Pitt, 7-5, 6-2, and advanced to take a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Bowman.  In her final match, Hahn claimed a straight-set 6-3, 6-0 victory over IPFW's Carlota Trevino.

    Lacerda was set in Draw C singles, which was played in a round-robin format, and split her two matches, falling to Virkus, 6-3, 6-2, and winning in three sets to Michigan State's Hilary Hager, 1-6, 7-5, 6-1.

    UIC is back in action next weekend, when it takes to the courts at Northwestern in Evanston, Ill., for the Wildcat Invitational.  Competition is scheduled to begin Friday and last through Sunday.