Blue Demons Down Indiana For 15th Straight Win
March 8, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- With a 14-match winning streak on the line, the No. 41 DePaul women's tennis team rose to the occasion on Saturday afternoon, beating No. 34 Indiana, 5-2.
The Blue Demons are now 16-1 overall and 5-1 against ranked opponents. They have not dropped a match since late-January. Indiana, meanwhile, fell to 10-4. The loss snapped a three-match winning streak for the Hoosiers.
"It was a great effort today by the team," said head coach Mark Ardizzone. "Indiana is a great team and we were able to come through. I'm just so proud of how we competed the whole day."
DePaul won the doubles point to start they day, taking 2-of-3 and grabbing a 1-0 edge in the match. Zaina Sufi and Rebeca Mitrea beat Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy, 8-3, in the No. 3 match. Then, with the doubles matches even at one (Indiana took the No. 2 match), Patricia Fargas and Ana Vladutu improved to 10-1 in dual play thanks to an 8-6 win over Carolyn Chupa and Katie Klyczek in the No. 1 match. The win propelled the Blue Demons to the early match advantage.
In singles play, senior Kelsey Lawson won at No. 4 to push the DePaul lead to two. Lawson defeated Kauss, 6-3, 6-2, for her 10th consecutive victory and 14th of the spring. But the Hoosiers were able to crawl back into the match just moments later, as Klyczek and Sophie Garre won at No. 1 and No. 3 singles, respectively, to level the contest, 2-2.
Needing two more singles wins to secure the victory, Sufi picked up a critical win in the No. 5 slot, outlasting Murdy in three sets (1-6, 6-2, 7-6). Sufi's triumph at No. 5 moved her dual record to 15-1 and overall record to 25-6. More importantly, she pushed the Blue Demons within one of a crucial road victory over the ranked Hoosiers.
With two matches remaining, it was Mitrea who clinched the match for the Blue Demons at No. 6 singles, winning a hard-fought battle over Paula Gutierrez, 6-4, 7-6. Vladutu won the final match of the day (No. 2 singles), beating Chupa in three sets, 6-4, 5-7, 6-3.
The Blue Demons will have nearly three weeks off before their next match. They will be well-rested for their March 27 date with Point Loma Nazarene in San Diego, Calif. DePaul's remarkable 15-match winning streak will be on the line.
"This has been an amazing streak," Ardizzone said. "But what isreally great is that we still want to get better. The girls will have a few weeks off to get straight 'As' in class and then we'll get back to work."
Order of Finish: Doubles (3,2,1) Singles (4,1,3,5,6,2)