Women Tennis Wins on the Road at Louisville
LOUISVILLE - Branded with its new No. 25 ranking the DePaul women's tennis team showed no fear as it went down Louisville and topped the Cardinals 5-2 in BIG EAST Conference tennis action on Saturday at the Bass Rudd Tennis Center.
"It is always a competitive match with Louisville; especially when we play them on their home court and in front of their fans. It was a good win for us today," head coach Mark Ardizzone said of his team's performance.
The Blue Demons (8-1) have won their last six matches and were rewarded last week for their challenging schedule as DePaul was ranked a program-high No. 25 in the Campbell's/ITA team rankings.
"I am very happy with the team and how they came out and competed today especially the seniors," Ardizzone added. "Anna (Redecsi), Kirsten (Gambrell) and Sandra (Zmak) came out strong and really battled for us and showed a lot of leadership on the court."
With a senior playing in each of the doubles matches, the Blue Demons set the tone by winning all three matches. Ardizzone mixed up his lineup as Anna Redecsi and Gia McKnight teamed up to top Stefanie Villajuan and Amelia Harris, 8-4 in the number one match.
Selma Salkovic and Sandra Zmak represented DePaul in the second spot and took an 8-2 win from Mandy Brown and and Sarah Miller. Cali Gustafson and Kirsten Gambrell completed the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win over Kaysara Mandry and Louise Noe.
Up 1-0, Louisville (5-3) won the number four match to even the score at one apiece.
DePaul's top three singles were the next to finish as Zmak clinched the dual win in the number three spot with an exciting 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over Brown.
Playing in the number one match Redecsi, who is the reigning BIG EAST Women's Tennis Player of the Week, overtook Miller 6-3, 6-1 while Salkovic topped Harris 6-3, 6-3 in the second position.
With the match already clinched, Gambrell picked up her 11th win of the season, a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 win over Villajuan in the number five spot.
The Blue Demons head out west next weekend for matches at No. 69 BYU and No. 72 Utah. It will be the fifth and sixth ranked teams that DePaul has played this season.