No. 71 Blue Demons Look to Continue Winning Streak at Home
Feb. 8, 2013
The Blue Demons (3-2) swept two teams last weekend, recording three wins in three days and dropping just one singles point against Milwaukee, Butler and Eastern Michigan.
Reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week Matea Cutura leads DePaul at the top spot in the singles lineup, recording a 4-1 record so far in duals and a 14-3 overall record in her first season of collegiate tennis. Cutura has three ranked wins on her resume this season and will get the opportunity to add another against Utah, a team featuring three nationally-ranked singles players.
The Utes (1-1) have competed in just two dual matches thus far - a neutral win over No. 69 Stephen F. Austin and a road loss to No. 11 Texas. Highlighting the singles lineup are a trio of ranked players in No. 72 Tereza Bekerova, No. 103 Sarah Pham and No. 123 Callie Craig. On the doubles side, Utah fields the 23rd ranked pair of Bekerova and Paige Miles.
DePaul will be looking to turn the tables on the Utes from the last time the two programs met. In 2010, No. 71 Utah escaped with a 5-2 decision over the 22nd-ranked Blue Demons after taking five straight singles points to close the match.
Iowa is also 1-1 on the young season with a win at rival Iowa State and a heartbreaking loss, 4-3, to No. 18 Notre Dame in Iowa City.
Last season, then-ranked No. 38, DePaul was upset by the Hawkeyes in Chicago when the Blue Demons dropped a 5-2 decision after running out to an early 2-0 lead behind a doubles point win and a victory at first singles. Junior Ruth Seaborne leads the Hawkeyes at first singles with a 2-0 record, including wins over Iowa State's top singles player and nationally-ranked Brittany Sanders (No. 58) of Notre Dame.
Iowa holds an 11-2 series advantage over DePaul and has won its last 22 matches when claiming the doubles point.
DePaul's meeting with the Utes is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Blue Demons then face Iowa on Sunday with first serve scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT.