April 10, 2014
CHICAGO - The UIC women's tennis team (6-10, 3-1 HL) will bring its road schedule to a close when it takes on Detroit (8-6, 3-2 HL) on Friday at 7 p.m. CT in Detroit, Mich., and then heads to Rochester, Mich., to face Oakland (5-12, 1-4 HL) at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.
The Flames are back on the road after a trip to Wisconsin that ended with a 1-1 result. UIC fell to Milwaukee, 4-3, for just its second loss against a conference opponent over the last 18 seasons before coming back to take a 6-1 win against Green Bay.
Mariana Palacios, Jana Knoppe and Keti Mebuke won at singles in both matches, while Natalia Kuvakina and Veronica Lacerda picked up wins against the Phoenix. Palacios and Kuvakina combined for the lone doubles victory against the Panthers, as the teams of Knoppe/Mebuke and Lacerda/Ann-Sophie Hahn secured the point with wins against Green Bay.
In singles play this season, Knoppe owns an impressive 15-1 record, while Mebuke has nine wins and Lacerda, Palacios and Sharples all have six. Knoppe has won her last 12 matches and Palacios enters into competition on a five-match win streak at No. 2.
Through doubles competition against Horizon League opponents, Palacios and Kathryn Sharples, along with Knoppe and Hahn, have two wins, while the pairings of Lacerda/Hahn, Palacios/Kuvakina and Knoppe/Mebuke have each tallied one victory.
Detroit hosts UIC at the Titan Tennis Courts after taking a win last weekend against Wright State. The Titans have additionally defeated Green Bay and Youngstown State, while their long HL loss is to Milwaukee. The Flames are 20-1 when facing Detroit after the Titans ended UIC's 146-match Horizon League win streak last season with a 4-3 win.
Oakland heads into this weekend on a three-match losing streak after falling to Youngstown State, Cleveland State and Wright State, with its lone conference win coming against Green Bay on March 23. Saturday's match will serve as the first meeting in history between the Flames and Golden Grizzlies after OU joined the Horizon League this season.