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    Feb. 22, 2013

    CHICAGO – Having won its last four matches, the UIC women’s tennis team (4-1) gets set to take on Western Michigan in a non-conference dual match Saturday at 1 p.m. (CT) in Kalamazoo, Mich., at West Hills Athletic Club.  During last season’s contest, the Flames captured their first win over the Broncos in program history, coming away with a 5-2 defeat.

    UIC claimed its second home win of the season on Saturday, Feb. 16, with a 5-2 victory over Toledo, after sweeping doubles and coming away with four-of-six wins in singles.

    Despite the initial struggle, the Flames pulled away in doubles to collect three wins and the first point, improving their overall dual doubles record to 11-3.  Haley Craig and Mariana Palacios (No. 1) won 8-6, as Kathryn Sharples and Jana Knoppe (No. 2) and Natalia Kuvakina and Ann-Sophie Hahn (No. 3) continued to stay perfect in doubles this season with their respective 8-7 (7-2) and 8-6 wins.

    Palacios, Sharples, Knoppe and Keti Mebuke secured singles wins for UIC.  Sharples won at No. 4 in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, while Knoppe retired her opponent at No. 5 after leading 2-1.  At No. 3, Palacios went to tiebreakers in her second and third sets and was able to come out on top with a 6-2, 6-7 (3-7), 7-6 (8-6) win, as Mebuke was also taken to three sets and won at No. 6, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.

    Western Michigan is 6-3 this season, with a recent pair of 7-0 wins coming on Saturday, Feb. 16, against IUPUI and Bradley, and is scheduled to take on Michigan State Friday evening.