Women's Tennis To Compete Twice This Weekend

Kathryn Sharples
Kathryn Sharples

March 15, 2013

CHICAGO - The UIC women's tennis team (7-1) prepares for a quick turnaround with a set of matches this weekend.  The Flames go up against Wisconsin at 1 p.m. (CT) Saturday in Madison, Wis., at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium, before heading home to host Bowling Green at 10 a.m. Sunday in Griffith, Ind., at Match Point Tennis.

UIC is back in action after capturing a 6-1 win over Northern Illinois on March 9.  The Flames swept all three positions in doubles and went on to take wins at No. 2-6 singles.

In doubles, Haley Craig and Mariana Palacios combined for an 8-7 win at No. 1 and Kathryn Sharples and Jana Knoppe claimed an 8-2 win at No. 2, as Natalia Kuvakina and Ann-Sophie Hahn went on for an 8-4 win at No. 3 to stay undefeated with a 7-0 record this season.

Five singles matches were won to secure the victory, as three were decided in straight sets.  Palacios (No. 3) and Keti Mebuke (No. 6) took down their opponents in quick 6-1, 6-1 decisions, while both improving to 7-1 in the dual season.  Sharples took the following match, 6-3, 7-6, at No. 4.

Kuvakina and Knoppe were pushed into three sets with their respective opponents, but were able to come out on top for the wins.  Kuvakina took the 6-4, 3-6 (10-7) victory at No. 2 and Knoppe came back in the third for a 6-3, 0-6, 6-3 win at No. 5.

UIC has fallen to Wisconsin over the past two seasons, as its last win came during the 2009-10 season with a 4-3 victory.  While the Flames are currently on a seven-match winning streak, the Badgers have lost their last seven matches and are 1-10 this season, with their most recent losses coming to Texas Tech and SMU.

In facing Bowling Green, UIC has won the past four matches, while the teams are split 5-5 over the past 10 seasons.  The Falcons are 9-1 this season, having won their last nine matches, and received a national ranking of 74 on Feb. 24.  BGSU is scheduled to face Butler on Saturday, prior to meeting with UIC on Sunday.