No. 75 DePaul Loses Tight 4-3 Match at No. 39 Yale
March 10, 2013
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - No. 75 DePaul women's tennis split its singles matches against a second straight ranked opponent, but fell in another close 4-3 decision on Sunday versus No. 39 Yale at Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.
DePaul, now 9-7 overall, has lost four-of-five by 4-3 scores - all against teams that are currently ranked or have spent time in the ITA rankings this season.
Yale got on the board first with doubles victories at the first and second positions as the Blue Demons dropped the doubles point despite a win on court three from freshmen Jarret Fisher and Zaina Sufi.
In singles, DePaul fell behind 2-0 before freshmen Matea Cutura and Ana Vladutu capped 2-0 weekends with wins at the top spot and third singles, respectively. Cutura is now 13-3 overall at first singles, while Vladutu has a team-high 24 singles wins in her first season of collegiate tennis.
Cutura defeated Yale's Madeleine Hamilton in a tidy 6-1, 6-1 match, while Vladutu took down Hanna Yu at the three by a score of 6-2, 6-3.
The Bulldogs clinched the match on courts four and two before Sufi added the Blue Demons' final point at sixth singles, defeating Courtney Amos in a three-set battle, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Yale improved to 8-1 overall and stayed undefeated on their home court with the win.
Next up for the Blue Demons will be a road match against Cal State Fullerton on Tuesday, March 26. First serve is scheduled for 11:00 a.m.
No. 39 Yale 4, No. 75 DePaul 3
1. No. 85 Matea Cutura (D) def. Madeleine Hamilton (Y) 6-1, 6-1
Order of Finish: 5, 1, 3, 4, 2, 6
1. Epstein/Sullivan (Y) def. Cutura/Vladutu 8-5
Order of Finish: 2, 3, 1