March 26, 2013
CHICAGO - The UIC women's tennis team (9-3, 1-0 HL) opens up a four-match home stint with three matches over the next three days. The Flames welcome Akron at 11 a.m. (CT) Wednesday at Match Point Tennis in Griffith, Ind., before hosting Milwaukee and Green Bay in a Horizon League double header Friday at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.
UIC looks to carry over momentum from their most recent 2-0 weekend. The Flames defeated Wright State, 6-1, on Saturday, March 23, at South Regency Tennis Center in Springboro, Ohio, before besting Butler, 4-1, on Sunday, March 24, at the Butler Bubble in Indianapolis, Ind.
Through the combined matches, junior Jana Knoppe was able to lead UIC by going undefeated with four wins in doubles and singles, as Natalia Kuvakina and Kathryn Sharples brought in three wins apiece.
Against Wright State, UIC increased its conference win streak to 144-consecutive matches with the victory. The Flames took wins at No. 1 and 2 doubles from Haley Craig, Mariana Palacios, Knoppe and Kuvakina for the first point before going on to take No. 2-6 singles in straight sets.
While going up against Butler, UIC had three matches go unfinished but was still able to take doubles and three singles matches. The Flames won at No. 2 and 3 doubles before Sharples, Knoppe and Ann-Sophie Hahn were able to win in singles to secure the win.
Last season's 4-3 win over then-ranked No. 75 Akron was the first victory in program history against a nationally-ranked opponent and the first win against the Zips in the all-time series, where Akron leads 3-1. The Zips are 11-6 this season and are on a four-match win streak after defeating Youngstown State, Northern Illinois, Oakland and Cleveland State, and are slated to face Milwaukee Tuesday afternoon.
Heading into Friday's match, UIC has defeated Milwaukee by 7-0 margins the past five seasons. The Panthers are 8-5, 1-0 HL, this season having won their last five matches against Chicago, Bradley, Western Illinois, Green Bay and UW-Whitewater.
The Flames have had the edge over Green Bay in their past meetings, taking 7-0 wins for four seasons before last season's 6-1 defeat, where the Phoenix's lone point came by default. Green Bay is 0-16, 0-1 HL, this season and is heading into its eighth-consecutive road match after suffering a loss to South Dakota.