No. 22 DePaul falls at No. 5 Notre Dame
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - DePaul's Anna Redecsi knocked off No. 15 Kristy Frilling in singles play, but it was not enough as the No. 22 DePaul women's tennis team fell at No. 5 Notre Dame, 6-1 on Friday in BIG EAST Conference action at the Courtney Tennis Center.
DePaul, who had won its last six matches, battled throughout the match with tough serves and back-and-forth volleys but in the end, succumbed to the Irish attack.
Notre Dame swept the doubles matches, but DePaul (15-4, 5-2 BIG EAST) refocused as it prepared for singles action.
Playing against the No. 15 ranked player in the country Frilling; Redecsi took to the court with the confidence of winning her last four matches and gave the Irish's No. 1 singles player everything she had in her arsenal. Redecsi won the first set 7-5, but suffered a 6-3 set-two setback. With the match on the line, the senior composed herself and dominated the final set 6-0 for DePaul's only point of the match.
After winning the doubles point, Notre Dame (17-3, 2-0 BIG EAST) captured the number six, five and fourth match to clinch the dual victory. But it was Redecsi who spoiled the sweep for the Irish in the top singles flight.
DePaul's Selma Salkovic and Katarina Milinkovic both took their Notre Dame opponents to a third set, but the luck of the Irish pushed Notre Dame to victory.
Milinkovic, who had won her last six matches, went at No. 119 Chrissie McGaffigan and took the first set 6-4, but the DePaul junior dropped the next two sets which gave the Irish a 5-1 lead.
With one match still on the court, Shannon Mathews took the third set from Salkovic 6-2 in the No. 2 position. Salkovic won the first set 6-2 and pushed Mathews in the second set, but Notre Dame prevailed in the final set 6-¬2.
The Blue Demons return to action on Saturday and play a neutral court dual with Marquette at 11 a.m.
#5 Notre Dame 6, #22 DePaul 1