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    March 16, 2011

    CHICAGO- The UIC women's tennis team travels to the Evergreen Racquet Club on Thursday, March, 17, to take on another in-state opponent Illinois State beginning at 12 p.m.

    UIC (6-3) are heading into Bloomington, Ill., having not played a match since March 5, against Northern Iowa.  The Flames defeated the Panthers despite dropping the decisive doubles point, 4-3, at the Match Point Tennis Club in Griffith, Ind.

    Junior Mariya Kovaleva sparked the Flames in the top singles slot defeating Northern Iowa's Phoebe Walker in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.  Junior Elisa Simonetti with her second match back from injury, won her match at the No. 4 singles position over Northern Iowa's Jessica Kunzelmann, 6-2, 7-6 (5).  With her fourth straight singles win of the season, junior Teona Tsertsvadze defeated Northern Iowa's No. 2 player Lala Gonzalez-Garrido, 6-1, 7-6 (5).  Freshman Jana Knoppe leads the team with her eighth singles win of the season over Northern Iowa's Krissy Lankezma in convincing fashion, 6-4, 6-3.

    "After a weekend off, we are looking forward to competing against another MVC foe Illinois State," said head coach Shannon Tully.  "ISU is always a tough in-state competitor, and we've had some battles with the Red Birds in the past."

    Illinois State is coming into this match with an overall record of 4-5.  On Friday, March 11, the Red Birds opened up last weekend against Horizon League foe Detroit Mercy with a victory in Memphis, Tenn., 6-1.  The next day on St. Patty's Day Parade, Illinois State fell to host Memphis by the same score, 6-1.  On Feb. 25, the Red Birds took on another Horizon League opponent Butler, and fell to the Bulldogs at the Evergreen Racquet Club, 5-2.



    UIC are looking to get a similar result as last year, when the Flames traveled to the Evergreen Racquet Club and came away with a victory over the Red Birds, 5-2.