March 7, 2014
CHICAGO – The UIC women’s tennis team (2-8) heads to Madison, Wis., for a non-conference dual match against Wisconsin on Saturday at noon CT at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. The Flames will face head coach Shannon Tully’s alma mater for the fifth-straight season and seventh time in program history.
UIC is back in action after facing Grand Canyon and Illinois State in a pair of home matches at Match Point Tennis on Feb. 21 and 23, respectively. The Flames picked up a 4-3 win against the Antelopes before falling to the Redbirds, 4-3.
Through competition this season, senior Jana Knoppe leads all Flames with a 9-1 singles record and enters into Saturday’s match having defeated her last six opponents while rotating between the No. 3, 4 and 5 positions. Junior Keti Mebuke has contributed with five wins on the season split between No. 5 and 6, as senior Kathryn Sharples and freshman Veronica Lacerda each have three.
In doubles, the tandem of Knoppe and Sharples boasts five wins while competing at No. 2, as Lacerda and Mebuke have two wins at No. 3 and seniors Natalia Kuvakina and Mariana Palacios have one win at No. 1.
Wisconsin enters into competition with a 4-4 record having suffered three-consecutive 4-3 losses to Drake, DePaul and Minnesota after starting the season with three-straight wins over Marquette, Northern Illinois and Milwaukee. The Badgers hold the advantage in the all-time series against UIC at 5-1 and picked up a 6-1 win last season, as the Flames lone victory came during the 2010 season with a 4-3 win.