Fargas' Regional Run Comes to a Halt in Semifinals
Oct. 14, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- For a moment on Monday afternoon at the ITA Midwest Regional, it looked as though DePaul junior Patricia Fargas was going to march through two Michigan players and become the first Blue Demon to ever advance to the championship match of the main singles draw in regional play.
But her semifinal opponent, No. 36 Ronit Yurovsky (Michigan) rallied back from a 1-0 deficit to defeat Fargas, 5-7, 6-3, 6-1.
Fargas entered the day as the lone Blue Demon left in the singles draw. In the quarterfinals, she defeated Michigan's Brooke Bolender after dropping the first set, 6-2. In the final two sets, Fargas out-played Bolender 12-3 to capture a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 victory and advance to the regional's semifinal round for the second time in her career.
With her win over Bolender, Fargas became the first Blue Demon to ever advance to the ITA Midwest Regional Semifinals twice in her career. As a freshman in 2011, Fargas moved through to the semis when the tournament was played in Columbus, Ohio.
Today's semifinals featured three Michigan Wolverines and DePaul's Fargas. Top-seeded Emina Bektas moved on to the championship match tomorrow by virtue of her 6-3, 6-3 triumph over teammate and No. 4 seed, Sarah Lee.
Fargas put up a valient effort against Yurovsky, the tournament's No. 3 seed. She won the first set, 7-5, and led Yurovsky in the second, 3-2. But Yurovsky was able to rattle off the next four games to take the set, 6-3, before taking the third, 6-1.
Yurovsky will meet Bektas in tomorrow's championship match.
"I'm extremely proud of Patricia. She had an outstanding tournament," head coach Mark Ardizzone said. "In our tennis history we've only had a couple of players reach the semifinals and now she has done it twice. It is pretty remarkable."
Fargas went 3-1 in the main singles draw this week to move her fall singles record to 6-4 overall. After receiving a first round bye, Fargas defeated Northwestern's Jillian Rooney in three sets (2-6, 6-2, 6-0) before toppling Illinois' fifth-seeded Allison Falkin, 7-5, 6-3, to move into today's quarterfinal match against Bolender.
"She is a big-game player and she certainly deserves to be one of the elite. She came to play this week and set an example for the other players on our team," Ardizzone said. "They can really learn a lot from her."
DePaul's completion of the ITA Midwest Regional wraps up the Blue Demons' fourth fall tournament. They will have one competition remaining, the Northwestern Fall Invitational, which is scheduled for No. 8-10 in Evanston, Ill.
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