Panthers Eyeing Second-Place Finish Entering Regular Season Finale With Detroit
April 18, 2013
MILWAUKEE - The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women's tennis team will be playing for its highest Horizon League finish ever when it squares off with Detroit Saturday in Michigan.
With a victory, the Panthers (12-8, 4-2 Horizon) would do no worse than a tie for second place, which would best the third-place finish Milwaukee recorded a season ago. Prior to last season, Milwaukee had never won more than four league matches and hadn't even finished as high as fourth place in the league in nearly 15 years.
UWM enters the weekend tied for second place with Youngstown State and Cleveland State, all of which are 4-2, while Detroit is also in sight of second place with a 3-2 mark. The Titans host Green Bay Friday night before taking on Milwaukee, while YSU and CSU each play Wright State this weekend. UIC leads the pack with a 5-1 mark and is a heavy favorite in its remaining contest against last-place Valparaiso this weekend.
The Titans have won four-straight matches entering the weekend. The streak includes a win over UIC that snapped the Flames' 146-match league winning streak.
The bottom of Detroit's lineup has been its strong point, with Valery Kulikovskaya tallying 10 wins in the fourth and fifth spots while Elena Strakhova is 9-4 in the sixth spot.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee appears to be playing some of its best tennis of the season heading into the final week of the regular season. The Panthers have won four of their last five matches, including a pair of 7-0 wins this weekend. Maddy Soule and Christina Colarossi are up to 29-4 in doubles play this year while Soule now has 139 career wins between singles and doubles after going 4-0 this past weekend.
Milwaukee was also scheduled to play at Oakland this weekend, but the match was cancelled due to the expected bad weather and no available indoor facility.
If weather permits, the contest against Detroit will be played outdoors at noon. But, if the expected inclement weather persists, the match will be played indoors later in the day.