Oct. 4, 2012
CHICAGO – The UIC women’s tennis team gets set to compete in its second invitational of the fall season this weekend, when they head to East Lansing, Mich., to compete in the Michigan State Invitational. The three-day event kicks off on Friday at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts, weather permitting.
The Flames are coming off of play at the DePaul Invitational on Sept. 27-29, where the team collected a total of 13 wins through singles and doubles, including the Flight C Championship match won by Kathryn Sharples.
Haley Craig and Natalia Kuvakina took to the courts in Flight A singles and doubles. Craig went 2-2 during the weekend, defeating Nelle Youel, 6-0, 6-3, and Zsofia Lanstiak, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (7), before falling to Matea Cutura, 6-3, 6-4, and Ana Vladutu, 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (4). Kuvakina won her first-round match against Maggie Ramynse, 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (8), but fell in her remaining two matches. The pair combined in doubles and went 3-1, taking down Ilves/Youngberg, 8-2, Emeralda/Noel, 8-2, and Marx/Tigges, 8-6, with their lone loss coming against Milwaukee’s Soule/Colarossi, 8-3.
Jana Knoppe represented UIC in Flight B, going 2-1 against her respective opponents. With a first-round bye, Knoppe went on to win her match against Nini Sujashvili, 6-0, 7-5, before falling 6-1, 7-5 to Rebeca Mitrea, then coming back in the consolation round to defeat Phyllis Tigges, 6-3, 6-3. Knoppe later combined with Sharples in Flight A doubles and took a win over Sujashvili/Remynse, 8-6.
Keti Mebuke and Sharples took part in Flight C singles. Mebuke fell to Carolina Abello, 7-6 (6), 6-4, then went on to win in consolation to Megan Barthels, 6-1, 6-1. Sharples was able to advance straight to the Flight C Championship after receiving a first-round bye and taking her matches over Stefanie Youngberg, 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (3), and Dana Shannon, 6-4, 7-5. She ultimately claimed the Flight C title after defeating Abello, 6-3, 6-0.
The Flames head into the weekend prepared to face tough competition. Along with host Michigan State, UIC will see the likes of Akron, Ball State, Dayton, IPFW, Marquette, Miami (Ohio), Purdue, Toledo, Wisconsin, Xavier and Horizon League-foe Cleveland State. Through the ITA Division I Preseason Ranking, Lynda Xepoleas of Purdue holds place at No. 121.
Check back to UICFlames.com for complete results and a recap of the Michigan State Invitational.