Jan. 30, 2014
CHICAGO – The UIC women’s tennis team (0-1) will continue its road swing this weekend as it prepares for three matches in three days. The Flames will travel to Akron, Ohio, where they will face Akron on Friday at noon CT and ASA College on Saturday at 8 a.m. at LaTuchie Tennis Center, before heading back to Chicago to take on DePaul on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness in Lincoln Park.
UIC enters into this weekend’s competition after suffering a 5-2 loss to Marquette on Jan. 25. The Flames came away with two singles wins on the day after falling in doubles. Senior Jana Knoppe won her match at No. 5, 7-6, 2-6, 10-6, and junior Keti Mebuke defeated her opponent at No. 6, 6-7, 7-6, 10-5, to collect two points for UIC.
In their first match of the weekend, the Flames will be looking for their first win over Akron since they defeated the Zips in 2012 for their first win in program history against a ranked opponent. Akron defeated UIC, 7-0, last season and enters into competition having won its last five matches, all on the road.
Saturday will be the first meeting between the Flames and ASA College, who will kick off its season against UIC and then face Akron on Sunday. The Avengers are coming off of a season that resulted in a runner-up finish at the NJCAA National Championship.
DePaul is off to a 1-1 start after beginning its season at the ITA Kick-Off Weekend, where they defeated San Jose State and fell to Texas A&M. The Blue Demons also have a three-match weekend ahead of them, taking on TCU on Friday and Louisville on Sunday, both at home, before they host the Flames. DePaul holds the advantage in the all-time series with UIC, while the two schools have not met since the 2005 season.