Panthers Claim First-Ever Win Over UIC
April 5, 2014
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee tennis team continued its dominating stretch at home with an outstanding 4-3 win over UIC Saturday afternoon in a thrilling match at the North Shore Elite Sports Club.
This is the first time UWM (10-7, 4-0 Horizon) has taken down the Flames (5-10, 2-1) since the 1995-96 season and just the first time ever in a fall match. This marks just the second loss for UIC, which has won the Horizon League Tournament 17-straight years, in the last 12-plus seasons, moving them to 120-2 in that stretch.
This marks the sixth-straight win for the Panthers, keeping them at the top of the Horizon League.
"We are excited to say the least," head coach Greg Cromwell said. "Milwaukee has never beaten UIC before in school history. It's just a huge win for us. I'm so proud of everyone. We got the doubles point and that set the tone for the day. UIC is a very deep team and their pedigree speaks for itself, so we knew it would be tough.
"Diana clamped down at one singles and won her match on her terms. Alysa played lights out at doubles and singles. It came down to Kristin, who pulled out a tough third set. I'm so happy for her. She's a senior and knows what it means to play UIC. She's also a warrior and I wouldn't have wanted anyone else playing that final set. Kristin can handle the pressure. She played smart, put the team on her shoulders and helped us do something this program has never done before."
Tied 3-3, it all came down to the six spot in singles play. Coming down to the third set, Kristin Kurer pulled through in the biggest of ways, winning 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 in a three-set thriller in the final match to seal the win for Milwaukee.
"The whole team came together and showed what we can do," Kurer said. "The doubles point was huge. We had great energy from the start. It was an amazing win for us."
Milwaukee jumped out in front right away by grabbing the doubles point. Hayley Marshall and Alysa Straub won 8-5 and Christina Colarossi and Kurer teamed up for an 8-3 win to grab the important first point.
Diana Tokar convincingly grabbed a win at the top spot in great match. The freshman jumped up 7-5 in the first set and cruised, 6-2, in the second to take the point in straight sets..
"I'm so proud of my team," Tokar said. "It was great effort from all of us, for our team and for our school. I'm so proud to be a Panther."
Straub was also had a dominating win on the day in singles play, going 6-1, 6-0 in the five spot to set the stage for Kurer in the final set.
The Panthers return to the court again right away tomorrow, hosting Valparaiso at noon.