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Fargas, Lawson Lead Blue Demons On Day One In Evanston
Kelsey Lawson

Kelsey Lawson

Jan. 17, 2014

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Junior Patricia Fargas and senior Kelsey Lawson each picked up wins for DePaul on day one of the Northwestern Winter Classic on Friday afternoon in Evanston.

Each Blue Demon competed against a representative from Alabama's 12th-ranked squad.

Fargas topped Mary Anne Daines in three sets, 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (5), to pace the Blue Demons in the Purple Flight and earn eight points (the player with the most total points at the end of the weekend will be the Classic's individual champion). For Fargas, it improved her overall singles record this season to 9-5.

Meanwhile, Lawson defeated Erin Routliffe, who came into the tournament ranked No. 68 in the country, 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (5). The victory marked Lawson's sixth of the year.

Lawson's win in the Red Flight allowed her to pick up five points in the tournament.

Ana Vladutu, Jasmin Kling, Zaina Sufi, Rebeca Mitrea and Carolin Neumann also competed on Friday but each fell in two sets.

In doubles play, DePaul fell in three well-played matches, including a 6-3 match played by Sufi and Mitrea against Alabama's No. 59 duo of Routliffe and Danielle Spielmann.

"It was a pretty solid start," said head coach Mark Ardizzone. "To come back from break and have to play against a top-15 program is really great. I'm really excited that Patricia beat a great player and that Kelsey was able to beat a top-70 player. But we need to keep improving our doubles and just be a lot more consistent in order to hang with a top-tier SEC program."



The Northwestern Winter Classic continues tomorrow in Evanston.

Day One Results

Purple Flight (8 points)
Patricia Fargas (DePaul) def. Mary Anne Daines (Alabama) 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (5)

Black Flight (7 points)
Danielle Spielmann (Alabama) def. Ana Vladutu (DePaul) 7-5, 6-2

Blue Flight (6 points)
Maya Jansen (Alabama) def. Jasmin Kling (DePaul) 6-4, 6-3

Red Flight (5 points)
Kelsey Lawson (DePaul) def. Erin Routliffe (Alabama) 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (5)

Yellow Flight (4 points)
Emily Zabor (Alabama) def. Zaina Sufi (DePaul) 6-3, 6-2

White Flight (3 points)
Natalia Maynetto (Alabama) def. Rebeca Mitrea (DePaul) 6-3, 6-2

Green Flight (2 points)
Carmen Blanco (Alabama) def. Carolin Neumann (DePaul) 7-6, 6-1

Silver Flight (4 points)
Maya Jansen/Erin Routliffe (Alabama) def. Ana Vladutu/Jasmin Kling (DePaul) 6-4

Navy Flight (3 points)
Mary Anne Daines/Danielle Spielmann (Alabama) def. Kelsey Lawson/Patricia Fargas (DePaul) 6-3

Brown Flight (2 points)
Emily Zabor/Carmen Blanco (Alabama) def. Zaina Sufi/Rebeca Mitrea (DePaul) 6-3