`Forty Flames to Follow' in 2013-14: Jana Knoppe
July 10, 2013
CHICAGO - Junior Jana Knoppe and the UIC women's tennis team had a tall task during the 2013 season. The Flames lost the services of the program's most decorated player, and set out to continue their historic run with a young team. Knoppe responded by winning a school-record 24 matches on the season, leading UIC to its unprecedented 17th-straight Horizon League Championship. The German native continues this week's group of featured student-athletes in the "Forty Flames to Follow" in 2013-14 summer series.
Knoppe went 16-4 in singles dual matches during the 2012-13 campaign, and was a perfect 8-0 against Horizon League opponents. Her 24 total victories set a new single-season standard in the UIC women's tennis record books. Knoppe capped off her junior campaign by being named the Horizon League Scholar Athlete of the Month during the month of April.
In the Flames' 4-3 win over Youngstown State in the Horizon League Championship match, Knoppe won in straight-sets at the No. 4 position, capping off a perfect month in which she went 5-0 in singles play. In the regular season dual-match win over YSU on April 12, Knoppe's win in singles play was the deciding point that helped the Flames secure yet another regular season title.
Off the court, Knoppe majors in Civil Engineering and carries a 3.62 cumulative grade-point-average. She helped the women's tennis team win the GPA Award at UIC's annual Night of Champions event.