Tennis Continues to Struggle at the Wildcat Invitational
EVANSTON, ILL. Through three rounds of competition on Saturday at the Wildcat Invitational, the No. 62-ranked DePaul women’s tennis team continues to struggle, adding just one win to their tournament total of two.
Gia McKnight improved her record to 12-3 when she defeated Florida State’s Jessica Wente, 6-1, 6-3. After splitting the first two sets, 6-7, 6-4, Dunja Antunovic lost the deciding set, 6-0 to Katie Rybakova. Anna Redecsi, Selma Salkovic, Sandra Zmak, and Cali Gustafson all fell victim to Seminoles in straight sets. Florida State is currently ranking No. 20 on the ITA team polls.
No. 1- ranked Northwestern continued to dominate the competition, winning all three of its doubles matches against the Blue Demons. Elena Chernyakova and Georgia Rose defeated Antunovic and Kirsten Gambrell, 8-5. With a score of 8-2, Samantha Murray and Keri Robison beat Salkovic and McKnight. Redecsi and Zmak fell to a 7-7 season record after falling to Nazlie Ghazal and Stacey Lee, 8-2.
The final match-up of the evening pitted DePaul against Alabama. A series of hard fought battles ended in six losses, five of which were forced to three sets. After winning the first set, 6-4, the Crimson Tide’s Paulina Bigos rallied back to take the final two sets from McKnight, 6-3, 6-4. Gustafson started out with a strong 6-4 first set victory against Alice Tunaru, but dropped the second and third set, 6-2, 6-1.
Salkovic went point-for-point with Merrit Emery, but dropped both sets with a disappointing 7-5 score. Redecsi, Antunovic, and Gambrell all dropped their first set, but were able to rebound and force their respective matches into a third set. Despite strong performances, Redecsi and Antunovic dropped their final set, 7-5, while Gambrell bowed out, 6-3.
The Blue Demons return to action tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. (CST) for a final round of doubles matches.