Women's Tennis Back on Track
April 22, 2018

CHICAGO – Being the healthiest in three weeks made a difference for DePaul women’s tennis on Sunday.

Keisha Clousing returned from injury to her No. 1 singles position as a deeper DePaul lineup eased past BIG EAST adversary Xavier 4-1 at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness.

It began with the Musketeers (12-10, 5-2 in the BIG EAST) sweeping the doubles competition for an early 1-0 lead.

That did not last long.

Clousing, No. 2 singles standout Patricia Lancranjan, No. 3 Aspasia Avgeri and No. 5 Alina Kuzmenkova all emerged victorious in their matches for the final result.

Lancranjan, Clousing and Avgeri won in straight sets. Kuzmenkova lost her first set 5-7 but rallied with 7-5, 6-2 results for the win.

Clousing won her doubles match with Lancranjan in Saturday’s 6-0 victory at Marquette---her first tennis action in three weeks. Sunday was her first singles competition since returning from injury.

That allowed Blue Demon coach Mark Ardizzone to line up Lancranjan at her usual No. 2 spot as everybody who had played up during Clousing’s absence shifted back down.



Lancranjan played her final match at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness, and the senior from Brasov, Romania concluded her last regular season with an overall record of 14-5 and 12-3 in dual matches. She went 5-0 in conference competition.

DePaul (8-10, 3-2) is now headed to the BIG EAST Women’s Tennis Championship that begins Thursday at Cayce, S.C.

DePaul 4, Xavier 1

1. Keisha Clousing (DPU) def. Ahmeir Kyle (XU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Patricia Lancranjan (DPU) def. Lauren Ghidotti (XU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Aspasia Avgeri (DPU) def. Sophia Abelson (XU) 6-1, 6-3
4. Marija Jovicic (DPU) vs. Rachael Reichenbach (XU) DNF 7-6, 1-6, 5-2
5. Alina Kuzmenkova (DPU) def. Elizabeth Bagerbaseh (XU) 5-7, 7-5, 6-2
6. Milica Tesic (DPU) vs. Kaitlin Ruether (XU) DNF 5-7, 7-6, 2-5

1. Ghidotti/Abelson (XU) def. Lancranjan/Clousing (DPU) 6-2
2. Reichenbach/Kyle (XU) def. Kuzmenkova/Jovicic (DPU) 6-4
3. Bagerbaseh/Manion (XU) def. Avgeri/Tesic (DPU) 6-2

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