Women's Tennis Begins Season All Aces

Zorica Malesevic won the Flight 4 singles title at the BGSU Invitational this past weekend
Zorica Malesevic won the Flight 4 singles title at the BGSU Invitational this past weekend

Sept. 30, 2002

Bowling Green, Ohio - Although no official team scores were kept, the University of Illinois at Chicago women's tennis team came out of the gates with a solid outing at the Bowling Green State Invitational this past weekend.

The veterans on the Flames' squad led the way, while the new faces gave head coach Shannon Tully a glimpse of how good the Flames can be this year.

Competing against the likes of Indiana State, Wright State, Xavier and the host Falcons, senior Zorica Malesevic led the way winning the Flight 4 singles title. She defeated Heidi Romer of Bowling Green State, 6-4, 6-4, to take the crown.

The No. 2 doubles team of Ayca Gumuscu and Zvjezdana Malesevic teamed up to win the Flight 2 doubles championship with a win over Dressman and Wiles of Xavier, 8-6, in the title match.

In Flight 1 singles play, Gumuscu ended up facing teammate Nicole Derouin in the third-place match, with Gumuscu prevailing, 6-4, 7-5.

Newcomer Corey Steven made her UIC premier a success taking third in Flight 2 with a 6-2, 7-6 (2) win over Magda Narczewska of Indiana State.

Freshman Molly Smith was also solid in her Flames' debut, placing-third in Flight 4. Smith knocked off Emily Tuchscherer of Xavier, 6-1, 6-4.

In Flight 5, another new face, Athanasia Giannoulopoulou, came up big taking second-place in Flight 5, losing the championship match 6-1, 6-1 to Indiana State's Laura Whitney.

Derouin teamed up with Steven to finish second in Flight 1 doubles action, dropping the title match, 9-7, to Clary and Bauer of Xavier.



The Flames are off until October 18 when they travel to Des Moines, Iowa to take part in the Drake Invitational.