Women's Tennis Has 1-3 Weekend
CHICAGO - The Blue Demons pulled out one win last weekend against Northern Illinois after suffering two heartbreaking losses to Illinois State and Furman.
At Illinois State on Friday, the Redbirds won four of six singles matches at the Evergreen Racquet Club. Blue Demon Marina Parashkevova managed to beat her opponent, Alesia Mikalayeva in straight sets while Natalie Matko finished off Redbird Elizabeth Bingier in a tie-breaker.
DePaul came up with the doubles point but it wasn't enough to make up for their losses in singles and the Blue Demons were beat 4-3. The meet marked the first time in three years the Redbirds beat DePaul.
In similar fashion, Furman beat the Blue Demons 4-3 on Saturday. The Lady Paladin split singles matches with the Blue Demons but pulled through in doubles to earn that extra point that put them on top.
Szilvia Kelemen defeated Mary Neill Hagood in straight sets for the No. 2 singles spot but it wasn't enough for the Blue Demons to push past Furman.
On Sunday, the women's tennis team redeemed themselves by beating out Northern Illinois in Aurora at the Rush Copley Tennis Center. Parashkevova defeated Branka Savic in straight sets in No. 1 singels. Rachel Dybas bounced back against Huskie Erica Heshelman in singles after losing the first set. The Huskies were defeated 5-2
DePaul vs. Illinois State
1. Liina Suurvarik (ISU) def. Szilvia Kelemen 6-1, 1-6, 6-0
2. Marina Parashkevova (DPU) def. Alesia Mikalayeva 6-4, 6-1
3. Emilie Sechaud (ISU) def. Brenda Leung 6-4, 6-4
4. Natalie Matko (DPU) def. Elizabeth Bingier 4-6, 6-1, 6-4
5. Laura Gravino (ISU) def. Karen Falduto 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
6. Shelby Lipson (ISU) def. Rachel Dybas 4-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-3
1. Suurvarik/Mikalayeva (ISU) def. Kelemen/Parashkevova 8-5
2. Matko/Leung (DPU) def. Bingier/Lipson 8-2
3. Falduto/Megan Stewart (DPU) def. Gravino/Ashley Maxwell 8-6
DePaul vs. Furman
1. Mary Kovarik (FU) def. Marina Parashkevova 5-7, 6-2, 6-4
2. Szilvia Kelemen (DPU) def. Mary Neill Hagood 6-3, 6-3
3. Natalie The (FU) def. Brenda Leung 6-2, 6-4
4. Natalie Matko (DPU) def. Shannon Moore 6-2, 6-4
5. Shellie Cochran (FU) def. Karen Falduto 6-4, 6-4
6. Rachel Dybas (DPU) def. Marti Morris 6-3, 6-2
1. Kovarik/Caroline Bentley (FU) def. Kelemen/Parashkevova 8-4
2. Leung/Matko (DPU) def. The/Morris 8-4
3. Hagood/Krista Thomson (FU) def. Falduto/Megan Stewart 9-7
DePaul vs. Northern Illinois
1. Marina Parashkevova (DPU) d. Branka Savic 6-3, 6-2
2. Cassie Drake (NIU) d. Brenda Leung 7-5, 7-6 (7-0)
3. Tanja Sukovic (NIU) d. Natalie Matko 6-1, 6-4
4. Karen Falduto (DPU) d. Karrie Tyioran 6-4, 2-0 walk over
5. Rachel Dybas (DPU) d. Erica Heshelman 2-6, 7-6 (7-4) 1-0 (12-10)
6. Stephanie Matko (DPU) d. Kristi McIntyre (NIU) 6-3, 6-3
1. Natalie Matko / Brenda Leung (DPU) d. Tanja Sukovic / Karrie Tyioran 8-5
2. Marina Parashkevova / Rachel Dybas (DPU) d. Erica Heshelman / Cassie Drake 9-7
3. Branka Savic / Kristi McIntyre (NIU) d. Megan Stewart / Karen Falduto 8-3