Women's Tennis Sweeps Conference USA Weekend
CHICAGO - It was an outstanding weekend for the DePaul women's tennis team as the Blue Demons recorded a pair of Conference USA victories, beating Cincinnati 6-1 and then shutting out nationally ranked Memphis 4-0.
Against the Bearcats, DePaul got doubles victories from Szilvia Kelemen and Marina Parashkevova at No. 1 and Rachel Dybas and Megan Stewart at No. 3. DePaul also took five the six singles matches en route to the victory.
“We were spurred on by a great comeback by first doubles and a dominating performance by third doubles, which led to the domination the singles,” head coach Mark Ardizzone said. "The team really showed terrific intensity. We really came out to play inspired tennis against a conference foe."
DePaul 6 Cincinnati 1
1. Kelemen/Parashkevova (DPU) d. Molony/Italia 8-6
2. Capuzzi/Reyes (UC) d. N. Matko/Leung 9-7
3. Dybas/Stewart (DPU) d. Klauck/Klauck 8-3
1. Kelemen (DPU) d. Molony 6-3,7-6
2. Parashkevova (DPU) d. Capuzzi 6-1,6-1
3. Leung (DPU) d. Italia 7-5,2-5 ret
4. N. Matko (DPU) d. Reyes 6-1,4-6,6-2
5. Falduto (DPU) d. Liu 6-3,6-2
6. Klauck (UC) d. Dybas 6-2,7-6
The Memphis match saw the format change a bit as singles was played first due to court time and DePaul made the most of it, sweeping the 75th-ranked Lady Tigers.
“Memphis is nationally ranked and has there best team ever,” Ardizzone said. “They will be one of the top teams in the conference this year and I am very proud of the fact that we were able to keep our focus for 2 days in a row.”
DePaul 4 #75 Memphis 0
Singles was played first due to court time. Finished when totals got to 4
1. Kelemen (DPU) d. Ladyman 6-4,6-4
2. Parashkevova (DPU) d. Gonzalez-Gordo 6-3,6-2
3. Leung DNF vs. Gruber 5-7,5-5
4. N. Matko DNF vs. Dirnstofer 2-6,6-4
5. Falduto (DPU) d. Feichtinger 6-4,6-2
6. Dybas (DPU) d. Noble 7-5,6-3