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No. 21 DePaul Tops West Virginia, Wins Fourth Straight



CHICAGO -- The No. 21 DePaul women's tennis team continued to roll as the Blue Demons topped West Virginia 6-1 on Saturday in BIG EAST Conference action at the Lakeshore Athletic Club.  The Blue Demons have won their last four matches and improve to 13-3 and are 2-1 in league play, with their only loss coming at then-No. 6 Notre Dame on Jan. 30.  West Virginia has lost its last two matches and falls to 13-4 and is now 4-1 in conference action.

"We played a lot better than we did yesterday," Blue Demon head coach Mark Ardizzone said following today's victory.  "West Virginia is a good team but we came at them from the beginning."

The Blue Demons set the tone of the match by winning all three doubles matches.  Katarina Milinkovic and Sandra Zmak, who have been paired together in DePaul's last three duals, disposed of the Mountaineer pair of Veronica Cardenas and Emily Mathis 8-1 for the first win of the day.

DePaul's No. 13 pair of Anna Redecsi and Selma Salkovic finished shortly thereafter as the tandem powered past Stephanie LaFortune and Monique Burton 8-2 which clinched the doubles point for the Blue Demons.

DePaul's excellence continued into singles play as the first four finishers lost just six games while Redecsi, Milkinovic and Zmak each dropped just one game apiece. 

"Our top four players really dominated today.  It was great to see Anna (Redecsi) get an easier win as she has been playing some of the best players in the country all season long," Ardizzone added. 

Redecsi did make it look easy and was the first to finish as the senior topped LaFortune 6-1, 6-0 in the number one position.  Milinkovic followed shortly thereafter and took a 6-0, 6-1 match from Mathis in the fourth spot.

Zmak gave DePaul an encore performance as the senior, who also clinched yesterday's win against Cincinnati, secured the Blue Demon win with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Cardenas in the third match.

With the win already in hand, Salkovic and Gustafson also picked up wins on the number two and number six courts.  Gustafson sent waves through the crowd when she clinched her win with a third set super tiebreaker victory. 

The Blue Demons return to Lakeshore Athletic Club on April 10 and host Akron. 

"We really need to have a good week of practice to prepare for an undefeated Akron team and good Rutgers team on the road.

The dual with the Akron is DePaul's final home match of the season and will serve as Senior Day.  Following Saturday's 2p.m. match, the Blue Demons will celebrate the careers of Kirsten Gambrell, Redecsi and Zmak.   

No. 21 DePaul 6, West Virginia 1
Doubles
No. 1 #13 Redecsi/Salkovic def. LaFortune/Burton 8-2
No. 2  Milinkovic/Zmak def.  Cardenas/Mathis 8-1
No. 3 Gia McKnight/Gambrell def. Pettersson/Pilsbury 8-4
Order of Finish: 2, 1, 3

Singles
No. 1 Anna Redecsi def. Stephanie LaFortune 6-1, 6-0
No. 2 Selma Salkovic def. Monique Burton 6-3, 6-0
No. 3 Sandra Zmak def. Veronica Cardenas 6-1, 6-0
No. 4 Katarina Milinkovic def. Emily Mathis 6-0, 6-1
No. 5 Kathryn Haught def. Kirsten Gambrell 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (8)
No. 6 Cali Gustafson def. Ashley Pilsbury  6-7, 6-4, 1-0 (6)
Order of Finish: 1, 4, 3, 2, 6, 5