Women's Tennis Begins Horizon League Play

Natalia Kuvakina
Natalia Kuvakina

March 22, 2013

CHICAGO – Holding onto the reigns of the largest streak in NCAA history with 143-consecutive conference wins, the UIC women’s tennis team (7-3) enters its first Horizon League match of the season on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. (CT) with Wright State at South Regency Tennis Center in Dayton, Ohio, before heading to Indianapolis, Ind., to compete Sunday with former conference-foe Butler at 11 a.m. at the Butler Bubble.

The Flames are coming off of a pair of losses to Wisconsin on Saturday, March 16, and Bowling Green on Sunday, March 17.

The Badgers came away with a 6-1 win after taking doubles and five-of-six singles matches.  Mariana Palacios was able to take the lone win for UIC, as she defeated Katie Hoch, 6-3, 6-3, at the No. 3 position.

After winning doubles and four in singles, the Falcons took a 5-2 victory from the Flames.  Natalia Kuvakina and Jana Knoppe each posted singles wins, as Kuvakina combined with Ann-Sophie Hahn to win their eighth doubles match of the season in an 8-2 final.  

Kuvakina won her singles match at No. 3, 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5), against Maddy Eccleston, as Knoppe took a straight-set 6-2, 6-1 win over Katie Grubb at No. 6.

In facing Wright State, the Flames have defeated the Raiders by 7-0 decisions the past three meetings during the regular season.  When going up against Butler, UIC has swept the Bulldogs, 7-0, the last two seasons.

The Raiders are 5-8 this season after losing their last two to Oakland and IUPUI, as they head into their first conference match, as well, before facing Valparaiso Sunday.  The Bulldogs are 3-14, having lost six consecutive matches and head into a match with IUPUI Friday afternoon.