April 4, 2014
CHICAGO – The UIC women’s tennis team (5-9, 2-0 HL) will head to Wisconsin this weekend for a pair of Horizon League matches with Milwaukee (9-7, 3-0 HL) and Green Bay (0-9, 0-3 HL). The Flames will take on the Panthers on Saturday at 1 p.m. CT in Milwaukee, Wis., before heading to Green Bay, Wis., to challenge the Phoenix at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
UIC begins a sequence of four matches on the road following a pair of wins against Butler, 6-1, on March 29 and Wright State, 7-0, on March 30 at home. The Flames captured the doubles point in both matches as they had five players go undefeated in doubles and singles, including reigning Horizon League Player of the Week Kathryn Sharples.
Six Flames will enter this weekend’s competition on a win streak in singles, with senior Jana Knoppe leading all players after taking her last 10. Knoppe additionally boasts the most wins this season with 13, followed by junior Keti Mebuke with seven and Sharples with six, as all players are undefeated against conference opponents.
UIC’s recent doubles combinations of senior Mariana Palacios and Sharples, 3-1, and Knoppe and sophomore Ann-Sophie Hahn, 3-1, have proven to be effective, as the two pairings have won their last three matches while positioned at No. 1 and 2, respectively.
Milwaukee will enter into Saturday on a five-match win streak after defeating IUPUI, Oakland, Detroit, Bradley and South Dakota at home at the Elite Sports Club North Shore, where it is 8-1 this season. The Flames are 28-6 in the all-time series with the Panthers and took a 6-1 win last season.
Green Bay is still searching for its first win of the season as it has lost its last nine matches, eight of which were at home. The Phoenix will face St. Norbert College and Valparaiso on Saturday prior to their match with UIC. The Flames are 19-6 all-time against the Phoenix and picked up a 7-0 victory during last season’s meeting at home.