`Forty Flames to Follow' in 2013-14: Keti Mebuke
July 15, 2013
CHICAGO - At the conclusion of the 2012 season, the UIC women's tennis team graduated three seniors, a group that did not lose a single Horizon League dual match during their four-year career. Last season, the onus was on the likes of first-year sophomore Keti Mebuke to help the Flames capture their 17th-straight conference championship. The Tbilisi, Georgia native kicks off this week's group of featured student-athletes in the "Forty Flames to Follow" in 2013-14 summer series.
Mebuke went 22-11 in singles matches during the 2012-13 campaign, including a 7-1 mark against Horizon League opponents. Thirteen of her victories came in straight-sets, predominately at the No. 6 position. Mebuke, who transferred to UIC from Alcorn State, also finished the spring season by winning seven-of her final 10 matches. During the 2013 Horizon League Championship, she won both of her matches against Detroit and Youngstown State, respectively, in straight-sets.
Mebuke's 22 wins were just two short of the single-season school record (24) that was set by junior Jana Knoppe. She won seven matches during the fall season, and completed a record of 15-7 throughout the spring's competitive season. During dual match play, Mebuke posted an individual singles record of 14-6.
Off the court, Mebuke majors in Pre-Law and carries a 3.61 cumulative grade-point-average. She helped the women's tennis team win the GPA Award at UIC's annual Night of Champions event.