No. 69 Women's Tennis Drops Dogfight with Syracuse
Feb. 24, 2013
CHICAGO - No. 69 DePaul women's tennis saw its nine-match winning streak snapped in a brutally close 4-3 match against BIG EAST foe Syracuse on Sunday afternoon at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness.
With the loss, the Blue Demons dropped to 9-3 overall and 1-1 in BIG EAST competition. Syracuse went to 5-6 and 2-1 in league play.
The Blue Demons battled back in singles play, however, taking matches on courts one, four and five to take a 3-1 lead in the match.
At the top spot, freshman Matea Cutura snagged her second singles win of the weekend in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, over Syracuse's Maddie Kobelt.
Junior Kelsey Lawson finished next at the four to cap a 3-0 singles weekend with a 6-4, 6-4 decision against Komal Safdar.
Fisher's win at the fifth position pushed the Orange to the brink of defeat as the freshman capped a 3-0 weekend herself with a 6-4, 7-5 win versus Brittany Lashway. With the perfect weekend record, Fisher ran her overall tally to an impressive 21-4.
The match-clinching point would prove elusive for the Blue Demons, though, as Syracuse got a straight set win at the six before taking two excruciatingly close matches at third and second singles to complete the comeback.
A court two match with three tie-breakers would be the final point for Syracuse as Patricia Fargas fell in a marathon with Amanda Rodgers, 7-6 (7-4), 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-4).
DePaul's home setback was the first of the year as the Blue Demons cap their home schedule with a 6-1 ledger.
Next up will be the first of nine straight competitions on the road, beginning with a meeting with Notre Dame on Saturday, March 2. First serve is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. CT.
Syracuse 4, #69 DePaul 3
1. #72 Matea Cutura (D) def. Maddie Kobelt (S) 6-4, 6-3
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 5, 6, 3, 2
1. Kobelt/Lashway (S) def. Cutura/Lawson (D) 8-5
Order of Finish: 3, 1, 2