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Women's Tennis Tops Louisville
Gia McKnight (pictured) and Katarina Milinkovic topped Louisville's No. 33 pair of Julia Fellerhoff and Mandy Brown.

Gia McKnight (pictured) and Katarina Milinkovic topped Louisville's No. 33 pair of Julia Fellerhoff and Mandy Brown.

Feb. 6, 2011


CHICAGO – The No. 35 DePaul women’s tennis snapped its three-match skid with a 4-3 win over BIG EAST Conference foe Louisville on Sunday at the Lakeshore Athletic Club.  

“We beat a very good Louisville team today,” DePaul head coach Mark Ardizzone said following his team’s win.  “The Cardinals will be a top BIG EAST team when all is said and done.”

Playing together for just the fifth time this season, the DePaul pair of Gia McKnight and Katarina Milinkovic moved together like veteran tandem as they overpowered the No. 33 pair of Julia Fellerhodd and Mandy Brown 8-1.

Louisville evened the doubles score with a win on the second court, before Cali Gustafson and Christiana Raymond won their second match of the season in the third position.

“I was so proud of our third doubles team for battling back and getting us the doubles point.” Ardizzone said of pair. 

“Cali and Christiana are really getting better as a team.”

Gustafson and Raymond found themselves in down 4-0 to Rebecca Shine and Sarah Miller but did not back down. The Blue Demon pair dug deep and took the match 9-7 for 1-0 DePaul lead.

Fueled with momentum from their doubles win, the Blue Demons quickly clinched the dual with wins in the first, third and fifth positions.

Milinkovic improved to 5-1 in the top spot with a dominating 6-1, 6-1 win over Fellerhoff, who is the reigning BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Player of the Week.




McKnight won her second match of the weekend when she defeated Kaysara Mandry in straight sets. After winning the first set, 6-1, McKnight found herself down 3-0 in the second set.  The junior battled and won the next six games convincingly to take the match and give DePaul a 3-0 advantage. 

Kelsey Lawson clinched DePaul’s win with her 14th singles victory of the season.  The freshman topped Sarah Miller, 6-2, 6-2.

DePaul (3-3) opened its traditional season against some of the best programs in the country and has faced three ranked teams in the last 10 days. 

“Another great test comes next weekend with three matches in 24 hours on the road,” Aridizzone said of his team’s upcoming scheduled.

The Blue Demons play at Georgetown on Feb. 11 and then travels to Annapolis, Maryland for matches with Drexel and the US Naval Academy on Feb. 12.

#35 DePaul 4, Louisville 3
No. 1 Gia McKnight/Katarina Milinkovic (DPU) def. No. 33 Julia Fellerhoff/Mandy Brown (UL) 8-1
No. 2 Amelia Harris/Stefanie Villajuan (UL) def. Kelsey Lawson/Selma Salkovic (DPU) 8-4
No. 3 Cali Gustafson/Christiana Raymond (DPU) def. Rebecca Shine/Sarah Miller (UL) 9-7
Order of finish: 1, 2, 3*

No. 1 Milinkovic (DPU) def. Fellerhoff (UL) 6-1 6-1
No. 2 Shine (UL) def. Salkovic (DPU) 6-4 6-4
No. 3 McKnight (DPU) def. Kaysara Mandry (UL) 6-1 6-3
No. 4 Sonja Bokhari (UL) def. Raymond (DPU) 6-3 6-7 (6) 1-0 (6)
No. 5 Lawson (DPU) def. Miller (UL) 6-2 6-2
No. 6 Gabi Duncan (UL) def. Gustafson 3-6 6-3 1-0 (6)
Order of finish: 1, 3, 5*, 6, 4, 2