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Women's Tennis Earns No. 5 Seed for BIG EAST Championships



PROVIDENCE, R.I. The No. 66 DePaul women’s tennis team enters the 2008 BIG EAST Conference Championships as a No. 5 seed it was announced on Monday.  The Blue Demons open the tournament on Thursday at 11 a.m. (CST) when they challenge No. 12 seed Georgetown on the USF Varsity Courts.

The winner of Thursday’s dual advances to Friday’s second round to face No. 4 seed Marquette.  Semifinal action follows on Saturday and the tournament concludes with Sunday’s championship match.

DePaul enters the BIG EAST Championships with an overall record of 16-6 and a 5-2 record against league opponents.  The Blue Demons spent every week of the dual season in the ITA national rankings, reaching as high as No. 51 in the March 4 poll.  DePaul posted BIG EAST victories over St. John’s, 6-1, Syracuse, 6-1, Rutgers, 6-1, Cincinnati, 7-0, and Seton Hall, 7-0. 

The Blue Demons ended the season with a 7-0 loss to Notre Dame and a narrow 4-3 loss to Marquette.

DePaul is one of four BIG EAST squads currently ranked in the ITA national poll.  No. 17 Notre Dame enters the weekend as the top seed, while No. 41 Louisville carries the No. 2 seed and No. 46 USF holds the No. 3 seed.

Syracuse joins the tournament as the No. 6 seed, St. John’s follows with the No. 7 seed and Rutgers takes the No. 8 seed.  The bracket is rounded out by No. 9 seed Pittsburgh, No. 10 seed West Virginia, No. 11 seed Connecticut and No. 12 seed Georgetown.

The 2008 dual season saw junior Dunja Antunovic record 11 singles victories with 10 wins in the top match.  Senior Gergana Ganeva went 15-7 in singles play with 13 wins in the No. 2 slot, while freshman Selma Salkovic posted 17 victories in singles competition.  Sophomore Kirsten Gambrell boasted a 13-1 doubles record when paired with Antunovic.

The Blue Demons finished sixth at the 2007 BIG EAST Championships.  After opening with a 4-1 victory over Cincinnati, DePaul suffered a 4-0 loss to USF.  During consolation play, the Blue Demons posted a 4-3 win over Connecticut before taking a 4-1 loss to Syracuse.