Women's Tennis Begins Competition at Horizon League Championship

Head coach Shannon Tully and the Flames go for their 18th-straight conference title this weekend.
Head coach Shannon Tully and the Flames go for their 18th-straight conference title this weekend.

April 24, 2014

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The UIC women’s tennis team looks to take its 18th-consecutive title as it heads to the 2014 Horizon League Championship, running Friday through Sunday in Ann Arbor, Mich. The Flames enter competition as the No. 4 seed and will face No. 5 Detroit in the opening round on Friday at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center beginning at 10 a.m. CT.

UIC tallied an 8-12 record during the regular season and went 5-3 against Horizon League foes after falling to higher-seeded No. 1 Cleveland State, No. 2 Milwaukee and No. 3 Youngstown State. The Flames are now 156-4 against conference opponents over the last 18 seasons.

When facing Horizon League opponents during the dual season, UIC went 32-16 (.667) in singles with Jana Knoppe (7-1), Keti Mebuke (6-1) and Veronica Lacerda (4-1) only losing one match apiece. Mariana Palacios tabbed six wins, while Kathryn Sharples, Natalie Kuvakina and Ann-Sophie Hahn each brought in three.

In doubles, the Flames set a 12-6 (.667) record in the League with Palacios and Sharples posting a 4-2 mark while positioned at No. 1. Knoppe and Hahn had just one loss with three wins at No. 2, and Kuvakina and Mebuke contributed two wins while at No. 3. Additional pairings of Hahn/Lacerda, Kuvakina/Palacios and Knoppe/Mebuke added to the win column.

Detroit brings in a dual season record of 10-7 and a 5-3 mark in the Horizon League. The Titans fell to the top two seeds in Cleveland State and Milwaukee, in addition to the Flames. UIC took out Detroit, 4-3, after falling behind 3-0 and coming back to take four straight singles wins on April 11.

The winner of Friday’s match will advance to the semifinals and face Cleveland State, who received a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed, on Saturday at 10 a.m.

The entire championship will be streamed live on the Horizon League Network.

The Last Meeting
April 11, 2014
Detroit, Mich.
Women's Tennis Wins 4-3 Nail-Biter against Detroit
The UIC women's tennis team (7-10, 4-1 HL) edged by Detroit (8-7, 3-3 HL) on Friday with a 4-3 win at the Titan Tennis Courts. After falling in doubles, the Flames came back in singles to take four wins, with junior Keti Mebuke taking a grueling three-set victory to decide the match.