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Blue Demons Triumph Over Hawkeyes



IOWA CITY, Iowa The No. 41 DePaul women’s tennis squad defeated No. 75 Iowa on Friday afternoon, 5-2.  The Blue Demons improve to 8-2, while the Hawkeyes fall to 4-5.

In the battle for the doubles point, Anna Redecsi and Selma Salkovic gave the Blue Demons the advantage with their 8-3 win over Sonja Molna and Jessica Young.  The duo boasts a team-best dual record of 11-1.

Clinching the doubles point, Gia McKnight and Kirsten Gambrell won their third match of the season as a pair, beating Alexis Dorr and Ally Majercik, 8-5.  Dunja Antunovic and Sandra Zmak narrowly lost out to Lynne Poggensee-Wei and Kelcie Klockenga, 8-7.

The Hawkeyes even the score back up after Antunovic fell to Molnar, 6-2, 6-0.  McKnight quickly put the Blue Demons back on top with her 6-1, 6-4t triumph over Young.  The freshman is the first to hit the 20-win milestone for the team this season.

Redecsi, Salkovic, and Katarina Milinkovic quickly took the next three points to clinch the team-victory.  Redecsi allowed just three points in her dominant win over Poggensee-Wei.  Salkovic defeated Kelcie Klockenga, 6-3, 6-4, while Milinkovic won by a score of 7-6, 6-3.

Zmak suffered a narrow loss to Dorr, who after splitting the first two sets, lost in the tie-breaker, 10-5.

The team returns to the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Center tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. (CST) to face Kansas.

By the numbers:  The Blue Demons have opened their dual season with a combined singles record of 51-2 and a combined doubles record of 24-8...  Gia McKnight leads the Blue Demons with 20 singles match wins... with the win over Iowa, Coach Mark Ardizzone’s career record now stands a 214-120... on February 19, 2009 the ITA award the team with the highest rank in DePaul history: No. 41... six student-athletes have reached the double-digit singles-win total so far this season... Selma Salkovic leads the team with 22 doubles victories which have been earned with five different teammates.

DePaul - 5, Iowa - 2
Doubles Competition
1. Salkovic/Redecsi (DePaul) def. Molnar/Young (IOWA) 3-8
2. Poggensee-Wei/Klockenga (IOWA) def. Antunovic/Zmak (DePaul) 8-7
3. McKnightGambrell (DePaul) def. Dorr/Majercik (IOWA) 5-8

Singles Competition
1. Sonja Molnar (IOWA) def. Dunja Antunovic (DePaul) 6-3, 6-0
2. Anna Redecsi (DePaul) def. Lynne Poggensee-Wei (IOWA) 1-6, 2-6
3. Alexis Dorr (IOWA) def. Sandra Zmak (DePaul) 6-1, 4-6, 10-5
4. Selma Salkovic (DePaul) def. Kelcie Klockenga (IOWA) 3-6, 4-6
5. Gia McKnight (DePaul) def. Jessica Young (IOWA) 1-6, 4-6
6. Katarina Milinkovic (DePaul) def. Ally Majercik (IOWA) 6-7, 3-6

Match Notes:
University of Iowa 4-5; National ranking No. 75
DePaul University 8-2, National ranking No. 41
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,5,2,4,6,3)