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