Women's Tennis Faces No. 4 Michigan In NCAA First Round

Senior Amy Jellish and the Flames open NCAA play on Friday.
Senior Amy Jellish and the Flames open NCAA play on Friday.

May 13, 2010

ANN ARBOR, Mich.- The 14-time Horizon League champion UIC women's tennis team will play in its 12th consecutive NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championship with a first-round contest against fourth-seeded Michigan at the Varsity Tennis Center this Friday, May 14 at 1 p.m. Central.

The winner of the match between the Flames (20-3) and the Wolverines (22-4) will advance to the second round to meet the winner of the first-round contest between Ohio State (19-9) and DePaul (18-5). That match would take place on Saturday, May 15 at 12 p.m. Central.

UIC is riding an 11-match winning streak, going 17-1 since Feb. 7 after starting the year 3-2.

The Flames have also won 123 consecutive matches against Horizon League opponents.

This will be the first NCAA tournament meeting between the Flames and the Wolverines. UIC has already notched a win over a Big Ten team this season, defeating Wisconsin, 4-3, back on Jan. 23 in Madison, Wis.

UIC will be without head coach Shannon Tully, who is at home after giving birth to twin girls on April 14. Read the Chicago Tribune's Mother's Day feature story on Shannon Tully here. Assistant coach Ivan Kovalev and head men's tennis coach Hans Neufeld will be on hand to provide on-site instruction for the Horizon League champion Flames.

Follow the UIC-Michigan NCAA first round match at the official 2010 regional website here.

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