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Women's Tennis Advances to BIG EAST Championship Semifinals

TAMPA, Fla. The DePaul women’s tennis team recorded a 4-1 victory over Marquette during Friday’s quarterfinals of the BIG EAST Conference Championship.  The No. 5 seed Blue Demons took the doubles point and three singles matches from the No. 4 seed Golden Eagles at the USF Varsity Courts.  DePaul advances to Saturday’s semifinals to face top-seed Notre Dame.

DePaul secured the first point of the dual with a pair of doubles wins.  Senior Beatrix Csordas and freshman Selma Salkovic defeated Lauren Little and Shannon Brown, 8-4, in the top match.  The No. 2 match saw junior Dunja Antunovic and sophomore Kirsten Gambrell post an 8-5 victory over Christina Ruiz and Maria Calbeto.

The Blue Demons clinched the dual with victories in the top three singles matches.  Antunovic rolled past Little, 6-2, 6-0 in the top match, while senior Gergana Ganeva delivered a 6-1, 6-2 win over Erin Watkins in the No. 2 slot.  Salkovic notched a 6-4, 6-2 win over Calbeto in the No. 3 match.

Marquette (12-13) earned a point at No. 6 singles when Robin Metzler recorded a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Gambrell.  The No. 4 and No. 5 singles matches were not completed.

DePaul (18-6, 7-2 BIG EAST) takes on Notre Dame tomorrow at 8 a.m. (CST) on the USF Varsity Courts.  During the regular season, the Blue Demons suffered a 7-0 road loss to the Irish.  Saturday’s winner advances to Sunday’s championship match to face the winner of No. 2 seed Louisville versus No. 3 seed USF.

(5) DePaul 4, (4) Marquette 1

No. 1 Csordas/Salkovic (DePaul) def. Little/Brown (MU), 8-4
No. 2 Gambrell/Antunovic (DePaul) def. Ruiz/Calbeto (MU), 8-5
No. 3 Ganeva/Mihaldinec (DePaul) vs. Hush/Watkins (MU), 7-6 DNF

No. 1 Dunja Antunovic (DePaul) def. Lauren Little (MU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 2 Gergana Ganeva (DePaul) def. Erin Watkins (MU), 6-1, 6-2
No. 3 Selma Salkovic (DePaul) def. Maria Calbeto (MU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Katarina Milinkovic (DePaul) vs. Christina Ruiz (MU), 4-6, 6-3, 1-0
No. 5 Beatrix Csordas (DePaul) vs. Rachael Hush (MU), 6-7 (1), 3-5
No. 6 Robin Metzler (MU) def. Kirsten Gambrell (DePaul), 6-1, 6-2