Women's Tennis Closes Out Wildcat Invitational

Keti Mebuke
Keti Mebuke

Oct. 14, 2012

EVANSTON, Ill. – The UIC women’s tennis team completed play at the Wildcat Invitational on Sunday at the Combe Tennis Center.  Junior Jana Knoppe and sophomore Keti Mebuke were each able to come away with two wins in their respective singles matches during the three-day event.

The Flames went through singles competition on Friday and Sunday.  Haley Craig represented UIC in the Black Draw, but fell in a tight match in the first round to DePaul’s Carolin Neumann (7-5, 1-6, 6-4).  Into consolation, she went down to Minnesota’s Julia Courter (7-5, 6-4) and Paula Rincon Otero in a 6-4, 7-6 (4) final.

In the Red Draw, Natalia Kuvakina captured her first match against Western Michigan’s Jill Pastunink (6-2, 7-5) before being retired in the second round by DePaul’s Ana Vladutu (3-2).

Kathryn Sharples and Knoppe were placed into the Blue Draw where they each came away with first round wins.  Sharples defeated DePaul’s Zaina Sufi (6-4, 6-3), as Knoppe took out Minnesota’s Aria Lambert (6-3, 6-3).  The pair were unable to keep it going into the second round, with Sharples falling to Oklahoma’s Zita Engbroks (6-1, 6-3) and Knoppe falling to DePaul’s Kelsey Lawson (6-4, 6-1).  The pair split in their final matches, with Sharples dropping to Northern Iowa’s Phoebe Walker, 6-4, 7-6 (4), and Knoppe taking down Sufi, 6-2, 6-3.

In the first round of the Green Draw, Mebuke dropped her match to Western Michigan’s Nini Sujashvili (6-2, 6-4), but went on to take her next two matches in consolation.  She came out on top of a three-set match to Northern Iowa’s Krissy Lankelma, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5), and bested Minnesota’s Pauline Gilbert, 6-4, 6-0.

Into doubles matches, the Flames were unable to come up with a win as they faced fierce competition from DePaul, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Oklahoma.  DePaul’s Matea Cutura and Neumann outlasted the pairing of Craig and Sharples, followed by Wisconsin’s Lauren Chypyha and Hannah Berner’s 9-7 defeat and an 8-4 win by the Blue Demons’ Jasmin Kling and Neumann.

Minnesota’s Pauline Gilbert and Tereza Brichacova came away from a close match against Knoppe and Mebuke (8-6), with DePaul’s Zhavia Gray and Jarret Fisher coming up with an 8-3 win and Oklahoma’s Mia Lancaster and Engbroks taking the match 8-5.

With their fall schedule coming to a close, the Flames make a final showing at the ITA Midwest Regionals in Champaign, Ill., with competition running Oct. 18-22.

Black Draw Singles

Carolin Neumann (DPU) def. Haley Craig (UIC) 7-5, 1-6, 6-4
Julia Courter (MN) def. Haley Craig (UIC) 7-5, 6-4
Haley Craig (UIC) def. Paula Rincon Otero (MN) 6-4, 7-6 (4)
Haley Craig (UIC) vs. Lauren Burich (WIS) DNP

Red Draw Singles
Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) def. Jill Pastunink (WM) 6-2, 7-5
Ana Vladutu (DPU) def. Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) 3-2 (ret.)
Natalia Kuvakina (UIC) vs. Annette Dohanics (IA) DNP

Blue Draw Singles
Kathryn Sharples (UIC) def. Zaina Sufi (DPU) 6-4, 6-3
Zita Engbroks (OK) def. Kathryn Sharples (UIC) 6-1, 6-3
Phoebe Walker (UNI) def. Kathryn Sharples (UIC) 6-4, 7-6 (4) – 6-4, 6-0
Kathryn Sharples (UIC) vs. Jana Knoppe (UIC) DNP
Jana Knoppe (UIC) def. Aria Lambert (MN) 6-3, 6-3
Kelsey Lawson (DPU) def. Jana Knoppe (UIC) 6-4, 6-1
Jana Knoppe (UIC) def. Zaina Sufi (DPU) 6-2, 6-3

Green Draw Singles
Nini Sujashvili (WM) def. Keti Mebuke (UIC) 6-2, 6-4
Keti Mebuke (UIC) def. Krissy Lankelma (UNI) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (5)
Keti Mebuke (UIC) def. Pauline Gilbert (MN) 6-4, 6-0
Keti Mebuke (UIC) vs. Caroline Aleck (WM) DNP

Purple Draw Doubles
Cutura/Neumann (DPU) def. Craig/Sharples (UIC) no score
Chypyha/Berner (WIS) def. Craig/Sharples (UIC) 9-7
Kling/Neumann (DPU) def. Craig/Sharples (UIC) 8-4

Black Draw Doubles
Gilbert/Brichacova (MN) def. Knoppe/Mebuke (UIC) 8-6
Gray/Fisher (DPU) def. Knoppe/Mebuke (UIC) 8-3
Lancaster/Engbroks (OK) def. Knoppe/Mebuke (UIC) 8-5