Women's Tennis Concludes Play At Wildcat Invitational

Senior Kathryn Sharples
Senior Kathryn Sharples

Oct. 6, 2013

EVANSTON, Ill. – The UIC women's tennis team closed out competition Sunday at the Wildcat Invitational, hosted by Northwestern.  Over the course of the three-day tournament, the Flames produced three singles wins and went 1-1 in doubles.

"There were a lot of positives from the weekend.," head coach Shannon Tully said.  "We tried the new ITA proposed scoring, which made things interesting throughout the entire tournament.  We played some aggressive doubles and are taking big strides there.  We are working hard to execute in our singles matches and got some good wins over strong players from some of the top teams in the country."

UIC was represented by seniors Kathryn Sharples and Jana Knoppe and freshman Veronica Lacerda at the invitational over the weekend while facing off against opponents from DePaul, Illinois, NC State, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Kentucky and Princeton. 

Knoppe was the lone Flames positioned in the Green Flight, where she went 1-2 against her opponents.  Knoppe fell in her first match against DePaul’s Rebeca Mitrea, 6-4, 6-4, before dropping a 6-3, 6-1 decision to Illinois’ Julia Jamieson in the consolation.  In the final consolation bracket, Knoppe was able to come away with a 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over NC State’s Natalia Janowicz.

Sharples and Lacerda competed alongside one another in the Blue Flight.  Sharples led off with a close 6-5 (4), 6-5 (1) win over Kentucky’s CeCe Witten, and advanced to take down Wisconsin’s Helen Rabot, 6-5 (3), 6-3, in another straight-set win.

While earning a bye in the first round, Lacerda went head-to-head with Minnesota’s Kendall Heitzner, but fell 6-0, 6-0.  Lacerda then went on in the consolation, where she suffered a 6-1, 6-1 loss to Rabot.

Sharples and Knoppe represented UIC in the Brown Flight for doubles.  The duo earned a first-round bye and went on to face Princeton’s Katie Goepel and Emily Hahn, falling 6-1, before coming back in an extra match to take a 6-4 win over NC State’s Christy Sipes and Taylor Zaytoun.

Originally scheduled to compete at the USTA/ITA Midwest Regionals, the Flames will now head to Rockford, Ill., to take part in the ITA Second Chance Regional, hosted by Northern Illinois, from Friday through Sunday.