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Great Weekend for Women's Tennis

– The DePaul women’s tennis team had one of the best weekends in recent years as the Blue Demons posted victories over Ball State, Louisville and Western Michigan.


“It was just an outstanding weekend for the team,” DePaul Head Coach Mark Ardizzone said. “To beat three great teams in a row in extremely competitive matches showed a lot of heart and character.


“Our upperclassmen Natalie (Matko), Karen (Falduto) and Marina (Parashkevova) are really providing great leadership to the young players.”


Parashkevova dropped only five games in six sets of singles while Matko won three great matches including the clincher over Western Michigan.  Falduto dominated her match on Sunday to swing the momentum in DePaul’s favor. 


Gergana Ganeva went 3-0 including her third win of the spring over a nationally-ranked opponent. 


“A weekend like this will really prepare us down the road at the Conference Tournament,” Ardizzone said.



Feb 20    DePaul 5 Ball State 2


1. Parashkevova/Ganeva def. Roach/Owens 8-3

2. Falduto/N. Matko def. Thompson/Wieman 8-5

3. Rehusova/Leung def. Batty/Kelley 8-1


1. Gergana Ganeva def. Melissa Roach 6-2,6-2

2. Marina Parashkevova def. Jenny Batty 6-2,6-0

3. Katie Owens def. Brenda Leung 6-3,2-6,1-0(4)

4. Natalie Matko def. Jill Wieman 7-6,4-6,1-0(4)

5. Jessica Thompson def. 4-6,6-3,1-0(8)

6. Karen Falduto def. Susan Kelley 6-2,6-2


Feb 21    DePaul 4 Louisville 3


1. Hierl/Spiess (L) def. Ganeva/Parashkevova 9-8

2. Laszkowski/Taylor (L) def. Leung/Rehusova 9-8

3. Falduto/Matko def. Eber/Gogol (L) 8-6



1. Gergana Ganeva def. Michele Spiess (L)6-2, 5-7, 6-3

2. Marina Parashkevova def. Christina Gogol (L) 6-1, 6-0

3. Kelly Taylor (L) def. Brenda Leung 6-1, 6-4

4. Natalie Matko def. Julia Hierl (L) 6-4, 6-2

5. Petra Rehusova def. Paige Eber (L)6-1, 6-3

6. Natalie Laszkowski (L) def. Karen Falduto 6-1, 0-6, 6-1


Feb 22    DePaul 5 Western Michigan 2


1. Ganeva/Parashkevova (DU) def. Girsang/Stoilova (WMU) 8-4

2. Remynse/Bernosky (WMU) def. Falduto/N. Matko (DU) 8-6

3. Jeanmaire/Parekh (WMU) def. Leung/Rehusova (DU) 8-6



1. Gergana Ganeva (DU) def. Frederika Girsang (WMU) 1-6, 7-5, 7-5

2. Marina Parashkevova (DU) def. Reedhina Parekh (WMU) 6-2, 6-0

3. Natalie Matko (DU) def. Carrie Jeanmaire (WMU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

4. Brenda Leung (DU) def. Valeria Stoilova (WMU) 7-6, 6-2

5. Malena Remynse (WMU) def. Petra Rehusova (DU) 6-3, 6-2

6. Karen Falduto (DU) def. Maelynn Bernosky (WMU) 6-4, 6-1