March 30, 2012
CHICAGO - The UIC women's tennis team (9-3/2-0 HL) gets set to travel to Green Bay, Wisc., to take on the Phoenix (2-8/0-1 HL) on Saturday in a 6 p.m. (CT) matchup at Western Racquet and Fitness Club. The Flames currently hold a win streak of 135 over Horizon League foes.
UIC is coming off of its first two conference matches of the season with Wright State and Butler on March 24-25. The Flames overpowered both teams as they took down the Raiders and Bulldogs in 7-0 decisions to extend their season win streak to seven and go up 2-0 against Horizon League opponents.
In doubles, UIC went 5-of-6 against Wright State and Butler, with the lone loss going to a tiebreaker with the Bulldogs. Mariya Kovaleva and Haley Craig (No. 1) and Jana Knoppe and Linda Hricistova (No. 3) each defeated their respective opponents from WSU by 8-1 finals, while Teona Tsertsvadze and Elisa Simonetti came out on top, 8-2, at No. 2.
Against Butler, Kovaleva and Craig went to the tiebreaker but ultimately fell, 8-7 (3), at No. 1, as Tsertsvadze and Simonetti took No. 2 with an 8-6 final and Hricistova combined with Kathryn Sharples to win, 8-2, at No. 3.
Heading into singles, the Flames swept the Raiders and the Bulldogs in straight-set matches. Kovaleva competed at No. 1 to take her matches 7-5, 6-0 and 6-4, 6-3. Playing at No. 2, Tsertsvadze took her first match 7-5, 6-1 and her second match 6-4, 6-0. Craig went up at No. 3 to retire her opponent after going up 5-1 in the first set, and captured her second match 6-4, 6-4.
While at No. 4, Simonetti claimed her matches 6-1, 6-0 and 6-3, 6-2. Knoppe went up at No. 5 against Wright State to take her match 6-1, 6-1, as Sharples competed at No. 6 to defeat her opponent 7-5, 6-4. Against Butler, Sharples moved to the No. 5 position to come out on top, 6-3, 6-0, as Hricistova took No. 6 in a 6-1, 6-1 final.
Green Bay heads into competition with a 2-8 record on the season, 0-1 in the Horizon League after dropping a 6-1 decision to Milwaukee. Their last match came on March 3, when they hosted Northern Iowa and fell 7-0. In facing UIC over the past four seasons, the Phoenix has dropped each of the matches in 7-0 finals.