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    Trio of Flames Named to All-League Second Team

    Jana Knoppe has gone 29-2 in singles during her career against Horizon League foes.
    Jana Knoppe has gone 29-2 in singles during her career against Horizon League foes.
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    April 24, 2014

    INDIANAPOLIS – UIC seniors Jana Knoppe, Mariana Palacios and Kathryn Sharples were named to the All-League Second Team Thursday evening at the Horizon League Tennis Awards Banquet, held at Weber’s Restaurant and Boutique Hotel in Ann Arbor, Mich.

    Knoppe picks up her first career All-League honor after going 18-2 in singles with a 7-1 record against conference foes. A HL Player of the Week selection on Feb. 4, Knoppe went 6-1 at No. 3, 10-1 at No. 4 and a perfect 2-0 at No. 5, and road a 15-match win streak during the season. She also tallied a 10-7 mark in doubles, all at No. 2, after going 4-1 in conference play.

    Palacios garners her second career All-League nod after being named to the First Team last season. Palacios carried a 6-2 record in the Horizon League during singles this season with eight wins overall while competing at No. 1 (1-9) and No. 2 (7-2). In doubles, Palacios collected seven wins at No. 1, with a 5-2 conference mark.

    Sharples earns her first All-League accolade following a dual season singles record of 7-11, 3-3 HL. Sharples rotated between the top three positions and was named the Horizon League Player of the Week on March 31 for the first time in her career. Sharples boasted 10 wins in doubles and went 4-1 at No. 1 against conference opponents.

    Knoppe, Palacios and Sharples join the Flames on Friday as they set out to capture their 18th-straight conference title in an opening-round matchup against No. 5 Detroit at 10 a.m. CT at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center.

    2014 Women’s Tennis Awards
    Player of the Year
       Lauren Golick, Cleveland State
    Freshman of the Year
       Lauren Golick, Cleveland State
    Coach of the Year
       Brian Etzkin, Cleveland State
    Herb Foster Sportsmanship Award
       Chelsea Girgash, Wright State
    Women’s All-League Teams
    First Team
       Lauren Golick, Cleveland State
       Alex Bush, Cleveland State
       Diana Tokar, Milwaukee
       Margarita Sadovnikova, Youngstown State
       Marta Burak, Youngstown State
       Dominika Lackova, Youngstown State
    Second Team
       Kara Sherwood, Cleveland State
       Viktoria Laskutova, Detroit
       Kathryn Sharples, UIC
       Mariana Palacios, UIC
       Jana Knoppe, UIC
       Linsey Verstrepen, Wright State