Fargas Named BIG EAST Tournament Most Outstanding Player
April 28, 2014
NEW YORK -- DePaul junior Patricia Fargas has been named the Most Oustanding Player of the 2014 BIG EAST Women's Tennis Tournament, the conference announced on Monday afternoon.
Fargas went undefeated in singles and doubles play over the weekend at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, Queens (N.Y.) to lead the Blue Demons to the conference tournament championship and thus giving the team an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
She went 3-0 in both singles and doubles play, winning all doubles matches with teammate Ana Vladutu in the No. 1 slot and the singles matches in the No. 2 position.
Fargas knocked off Villanova's Tori Smyth in Friday's (April 25) quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-2, a win that clinched DePaul's 4-0 win over the Wildcats, and then followed it up with a come-from-behind three-set victory (6-7 (4), 6-0, 7-5) over Anna Morozova of St. John's in the Semifinals (April 26).
In the championship match against Xavier, Fargas beat Alexandra Brinker, 6-1, 6-3, to put the Blue Demons up 3-0 in the match.
In doubles action, Fargas and Vladutu beat Xavier's Brinker and Sydney Liggins, 8-1, in the finals, Morozova and Yanita Arnaudova, 8-0, in the semis and Villanova's duo of Smyth and Mikelle Mancini, 8-2, in the quarters.
Fargas' dominating play at the BIG EAST Tournament capped a sparkling season that saw her go 16-7 in dual singles matches (26-13 overall). She went 10-5 at No. 1 singles and 6-2 in the No. 2 position.
In doubles competition, Fargas went 17-3 in dual play going 14-3 with Vladutu at No. 1 doubles and 3-0 with Vladutu and Rebeca Mitrea at No. 2 doubles.
Fargas, who was ranked as high as No. 125 (March 25) this year, and the Blue Demons (22-3) will next be in action on May 9-10 in the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament.
DePaul will find out its NCAA fate tomorrow (Tuesday) afternoon at 4:30 p.m. The Blue Demons came into the BIG EAST Tournament ranked No. 46 in the nation. The next set of ITA National Team Rankings will be released on May 1.