Blue Demons Hit the Road for Two Tournaments this Week
CHICAGO -- The DePaul women's tennis team travels in different directions and will compete at two separate tournaments this week. Blue Demon senior Anna Redecsi and junior Selma Salkovic travel to Pacific Palisades, California and take on some of the best tennis players in the country at the ITA/Riviera All-American Championship. The remaining five student-athletes will compete at the Wildcat Invitational at Christine Vandy Tennis Center in Evanston, Illinois over the weekend.
The Riviera/ITA All-American Championships features six rounds of qualifying matches before the main draw begins on Fri., Oct. 9. Redecsi is slated to play in the singles qualifying bracket on Tues., Oct. 6 at 12:30 p.m. (CST). The brackets were announced on Sunday, while Redecsi's opponent is still to be determined as she is waiting for an opponent from the prequalifying brackets that were played over the weekend. The senior will play either Andrea Remynse from UCLA or Akron's Zara Harutyunyan in the second round.
Redecsi is ranked No. 66 in the ITA preseason poll and qualified for the All-American Championship because of that ranking. The senior enters the Championship with a 2-2 singles record this season and is 59-19 all-time.
Salkovic joins Redecsi at the Championship as the two are scheduled to play against the USC pair of Valeria Pulido and Maria Sanchez on Tues., at 11 a.m. The pair entered the season ranked No. 31, while they have already defeated the No. 13 doubles pair of Marta Lesniak and Alesksandra Malyarchikova from SMU. The win allowed Salkovic and Redecsi to claim the A Flight doubles championship at the Rice Tennis Classic.
Salkovic and Redecsi are 3-0 this season while they have collected a 24-4 record since they were paired together on Jan. 24, 2009. The duo has played against 14 ranked pairs and is 8-6 in those matches. The Blue Demon duo will take on the Florida State pair of Katie Rybakova and Noemie Scharle or Joyce Ardies and Denise Dy from Washington in second round on Wednesday.
Tennis action closer to Chicago begins on Friday at the Wildcat Invitational. The three-day tournament brings together some of the best competition from the Midwest including Akron, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wisconsin. The Blue Demons are coming off an impressive weekend at the Rice Tennis Classic where they collected 15 singles and seven doubles victories while Katarina Milinkovic and Selma Salkovic won their respective singles flights.
Up Next - The Blue Demons full squad competes at the Midwest Regional in Evanston Oct. 22-27.