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No. 71 DePaul Women's Tennis Faces Challenging Road Weekend
Freshman Matea Cutura moved up 40 spots in this week's ITA Singles Rankings to No. 72.


Freshman Matea Cutura moved up 40 spots in this week's ITA Singles Rankings to No. 72.

Feb. 14, 2013

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CHICAGO - Coming off a successful home stand, No. 71 DePaul women's tennis puts a five-match winning streak on the line this weekend when the team heads north to face Marquette on Friday in Milwaukee, Wisc.

After a quick turnaround, the Blue Demons will travel to East Lansing, Mich. for a Sunday tilt against Michigan State. Friday's match is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m., while first serve Sunday is set for noon.

The Blue Demons (5-2) are coming off a successful home stand, including last weekend's back-to-back victories against then-No. 35 Utah and Iowa at Lakeshore Sports & Fitness.

DePaul is 4-0 this season against unranked opponents and is also undefeated when taking the doubles point.

Freshman number one Matea Cutura, last week's BIG EAST Player of the Week, leads the way for DePaul with a 5-2 mark at the top spot. The Zagreb, Croatia-native picked up her fourth ranked win against the Utes last Saturday and moved from No. 112 all the way up to No. 72 in the latest ITA Women's Singles Rankings.

Junior captain Kelsey Lawson, who is coming off an undefeated weekend at home, has won eight straight singles matches going back to November 10 and five straight doubles contests since pairing up with Cutura for the first time on February 1.

Lawson is also tied for team lead - with freshmen Jarret Fisher and Ana Vladutu - racking up 16 singles victories since the beginning of fall competition.

Scouting Marquette

BIG EAST foe Marquette (6-2) has also been on a tear, winning its past five matches after a 1-2 start. Like DePaul, the Golden Eagles' only setbacks have come against ranked opponents. Both teams own identical 7-0 victories over common opponent Milwaukee.

In the series, the Blue Demons have won four straight going back to 2008.

Scouting Michigan State

On Sunday, DePaul will meet a Michigan State team coming off its first loss of the dual season. The Spartans stand 7-1 overall after a 6-1 setback against Louisville on Sunday, Feb. 10. Both teams have faced a common opponent in Eastern Michigan, which DePaul defeated 6-1 on Feb. 3 (MSU won 4-3 on Jan. 22).

Junior Marina Bohrer leads the Spartans at 11-3 overall in singles play and is 7-1 overall at first singles. Sophomore Catherine Parenteau, a transfer from Arkansas, gives MSU a solid one-two punch with a 6-2 record at the two spot.