No. 71 Blue Demons Handle Visiting Hawkeyes, 5-2
Feb. 10, 2013
CHICAGO - No. 71 DePaul women's tennis marched onto its fifth straight win, defeating another tough opponent in Iowa 5-2 on Sunday at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness.
"I was extremely proud of our team's effort this weekend," said head coach Mark Ardizzone. "We beat two very good teams, who both play extremely hard. What was great about the weekend is it was such a team effort. Everyone of the "Super Six" contributed to the victories."
DePaul moves to 5-2 overall and remains undefeated (4-0) at home with the win. The Hawkeyes, coming off a tight 4-3 loss to No. 18 Notre Dame and a 7-0 sweep of Creighton yesterday, fell to 2-2 overall.
The day began with the Blue Demons seizing the doubles point for the fourth straight match behind wins at the two and three positions.
Leading 1-0, Lawson won her eighth consecutive match going back to the fall season to put DePaul on the board first in the singles round. The junior, playing at fourth singles, defeated Katie Zordani, 6-2, 6-2.
"Our captain, Kelsey [Lawson], really set the tone by being dominant all weekend," said Ardizzone. "She lost only four games in two singles matches against good players and keyed two doubles victories. It was a great team weekend for our young squad."
Sufi made it 3-0 DePaul next with a 7-5, 6-3 decision at the six spot, taking down Dohanics and winning for the fourth time in her past five matches.
Freshman Ana Vladutu sealed the win, finishing next at third singles with a 6-4, 6-3 decision against Morven McCulloch. Vladutu improved to 16-7 overall in singles play with the win.
With the match decided, DePaul dropped points at first and fifth singles but got another point from Patricia Fargas at second singles. The sophomore fought back from a tough first set to control the next two in a remarkable comeback win, 1-6, 6-2, 6-4.
The Blue Demons will be back on the road next weekend, traveling first to Milwaukee, Wisc. to take on Marquette in a BIG EAST match on Friday, Feb. 15. First serve is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.
No. 71 DePaul 5, Iowa 2
1. Ruth Seaborne (I) def. #112 Matea Cutura (D) 6-4, 4-6, 11-9
Order of finish: 4, 6, 3, 1, 2, 5
1. Fargas/Vladutu (D) DNF Seaborne/McCulloch 6-5 (DePaul)
Order of finish: 3, 2, DNF