Top-Seeded Blue Demons Face Villanova in BIG EAST Quarters
Zaina Sufi went 28-8 overall during the regular season

April 24, 2014

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FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The DePaul women's tennis team will face Villanova in the 2014 BIG EAST Quarterfinals on Friday morning at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens (N.Y.).

Match time is scheduled for 9 a.m. (CST).

For the top-seeded Blue Demons (19-3), who come into the tournament ranked No. 46 in the nation, the match marks the first meeting against the Wildcats this season. The contest kicks off a three-day journey in New York which the team hopes will end in a conference title and the program's first berth in the NCAA Tournament since 2010.

They were 4-0 against BIG EAST teams during the regular season.

Villanova (6-16, 0-4), the tournament's No. 9 seed, earned a spot in the quarterfinals thanks to its 5-1 victory over No. 8 Providence in Thursday's opening round.

The Wildcats dropped the doubles point to the Friars before rattling off five singles wins. They were one of two teams to advance to Friday's quarterfinals on Thursday; No. 10 Butler knocked off No. 7 Creighton, 4-1.

The Blue Demons were ranked as high as No. 25 nationally during their spectacular regular season, going 5-3 against ranked opponents. DePaul racked up 98 dual singles victories (98-26) and 43 wins in doubles play (43-12) during its 2014 campaign, including a 24-0 conference singles mark and 9-0 BIG EAST doubles record.



Four Blue Demons collected over 20 overall singles wins during the season and three reached the 18-win plateau in dual play. Senior Kelsey Lawson, who is just three wins from tying the all-time DePaul record for career singles wins (105) paced her team with a 26-9 overall mark (18-2 in dual play), Zaina Sufi finished the regular season 28-8 (18-3) and Rebeca Mitrea went 26-11 (19-2). The three of them anchored a strong back-half of a singles rotation (4, 5, 6,) throughout the year. 

At the top of the lineup, Ana Vladutu, who is currently the country's 106th-ranked singles player, carries a 14-5 dual record into postseason play, while Patricia Fargas sits at 23-13 overall and 13-7 in dual competition. Finally, playing primarily at the No. 3 singles position, Jasmin Kling compiled a 19-15 overall record and 14-6 dual mark during the 2014 regular season.

In doubles play, DePaul is an impressive 61-26 in overall doubles matches (43-12 in dual play). The duo of Fargas and Vladutu is responsible for 13 of those 61 overall wins, going 13-3 while posting a 12-3 doubles record. Kling and Lawson are 12-4 at No. 2 doubles while Sufi and Mitrea check into the BIG EAST Tournament at 11-4 in the No. 3 slot. 

With the victories registered by Butler and Villanova in Thursday's opening round, the 2014 BIG EAST Tournament Quarterfinals have been set. In addition to the match between DePaul and Villanova, Butler will play No. 2 Marquette at 9 a.m., No. 4 St. John's will face No. 5 Georgetwon at 11 a.m. and No. 3 Xavier will square off against No. 6 Seton Hall at 11 a.m.

Saturday’s (April 26) semifinals will be played at 10 a.m. (CST) and Sunday’s (April 27) is slated for 8 a.m. (CST).

Although the BIG EAST will not provide live coverage of the tournament, the conference will provide complete video highlights located at its All-Access and YouTube pages. In addition, fans can follow the action and join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #BIGEASTTennis.

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