Feb. 7, 2014
CHICAGO – The UIC women’s tennis team (1-3) wraps up its road stint this weekend when it travels to Ohio for a pair of matches against Toledo and Bowling Green. On Saturday, the Flames will take on the Rockets in Toledo, Ohio, at Shadow Valley Tennis Club at noon CT before heading to Perrysburg, Ohio, to compete against the Falcons at the Perrysburg Tennis Center at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday.
UIC returns to action after competing in three matches in three days. The Flames fell to Akron, 4-3, in a tight match on Jan. 31 before picking up their first win of the season on Feb. 1 against ASA College, 5-2, but fell in their final match on Feb. 2 to No. 74 DePaul.
Through competition this season, senior Jana Knoppe leads all players with a 3-1 singles record while competing at No. 4 and 5, followed by junior Keti Mebuke at 2-2 overall. In doubles, the tandem of Knoppe and fellow senior Kathryn Sharples leads the pack with the lone doubles wins and a 2-1 record at No. 2 after winning their last two matches.
UIC enters into Saturday’s match having won its last eight matches against Toledo to hold the edge in the all-time series at 8-1. The Rockets are 2-2 this season and are coming off of two wins at home against Duquesne and IUPUI. After its match against UIC on Saturday, Toledo is scheduled to face Detroit on Sunday at home.
Sunday’s match will be a challenge for the Flames, as Bowling Green owns the advantage in the all-time series at 7-12. Before last season’s 5-2 defeat, UIC had won the last four meetings against the Falcons. Bowling Green brings in a 2-0 record with wins over Youngstown State and Duquesne, and is set to take on Michigan State on Saturday before meeting with the Flames.