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Tough Weekend Awaits No. 66 DePaul Women's Tennis
Junior Kelsey Lawson leads the Blue Demons with an 11-1 record in dual play.


Junior Kelsey Lawson leads the Blue Demons with an 11-1 record in dual play.

Feb. 28, 2013

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CHICAGO - No. 66 DePaul women's tennis, winners of 9-of-10, will face a tough road slate this weekend as the team travels to both No. 18 Notre Dame and Indiana for dual matches.

Coming off a three match home stand, the Blue Demons (9-3) open up the weekend on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. facing the Irish (7-3) at 2:30 p.m. CT before returning to the courts against the Hoosiers (8-3) on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. CT.

DePaul features 85th-ranked Matea Cutura at first singles, where the freshman has put together a 9-3 record. Overall, the Croatia-native is 19-5 overall with a 4-1 record against ranked opponents and will likely get the chance to add another ranked win to her collection when the Blue Demons battle the Irish and No. 42 Britney Sanders.

Leading the team in overall dual match wins is junior team captain Kelsey Lawson, who is 11-1 overall playing primarily at the four spot.

No Blue Demon has a losing record in dual match play as the team has put together a 54-23 (.702) record in singles play. The team is also 28-11 (.718) in pairs action and sports a 9-0 record when taking the doubles point.

Scouting the Irish
Notre Dame features the reigning BIG EAST Player of the Week in the 42nd-ranked Sanders as well as the No. 38 pair of Sanders and Julie Sabacinski.

7-3 overall, the Irish face Western Michigan at home this evening before returning to play DePaul on Saturday.

In the past eight years, DePaul and Notre have faced off 11 times with the Irish claiming wins in each matchup.

Scouting the Hoosiers
Coming off three straight losses, Indiana has dropped from the ITA Team Rankings for the first time this season after being a preseason top-50 team. Two of those losses came to top-30 teams, however, and all of them were tight 4-3 results.

The Hoosiers began the year on an 8-0 roll and feature Leslie Hureau at first singles, where the senior has put together an 8-3 mark but is just 1-6 against nationally-ranked foes.

In dual play, the Hoosiers are led by Sophie Garre, who is 10-1 overall playing mostly at the four.