Women's Tennis Hosts Butler and Wright State

Senior Jana Knoppe is 9-1 in her last 10 singles matches.
Senior Jana Knoppe is 9-1 in her last 10 singles matches.

March 28, 2014

CHICAGO – The UIC women’s tennis team (3-9, 1-0 HL) prepares for a set of matches this weekend as it hosts Butler (3-13) in a non-conference contest at 2 p.m. CT on Saturday at Match Point Tennis in Griffith, Ind., before resuming Horizon League action against Wright State (5-11, 0-2 HL) at 10 a.m. on Sunday, scheduled to be held at the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts.

The Flames continue play at home after sweeping Valparaiso, 7-0, on March 21. UIC won No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to clinch the first point before going on to capture straight-set victories at each singles position.

Senior Jana Knoppe (11-1), freshman Veronica Lacerda (5-4) and junior Keti Mebuke (5-5) have collected the most wins for UIC this season in singles. Knoppe is currently on an eight-match win streak heading into competition, while Lacerda has won her last four.

In doubles, Knoppe and senior Kathryn Sharples have five victories, as Lacerda and Mebuke have two. Additional wins in doubles have come from the tandems of seniors Mariana Palacios and Sharples, senior Natalia Kuvakina and Sharples, and sophomore Ann-Sophie Hahn and Knoppe.

Butler meets with the Flames after taking a 6-1 win over Dayton on March 21 and falling to IPFW, 7-0, on March 23, as additional wins on the season have come against Robert Morris and Indianapolis. UIC is 25-2 in the all-time series with the Bulldogs and has not lost a match since 1995.

Wright State enters Sunday’s match having defeated Northern Kentucky on Thursday (March 27) following a pair of losses to Youngstown State and Cleveland State, and is schedule to face Valparaiso on Saturday. The Flames own 22 victories in the all-time series and have never lost a match to the Raiders.