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Redecsi and Salkovic's Magical National Championship Run Ends

WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- DePaul's Anna Redecsi and Selma Salkovic ended their historic run at the ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championship on Friday.  The pair was barley edged by the No. 1 seeded team from Tennessee 8-6 at Yale University's Cullman-Heyman Tennis Center.

Playing one of the biggest matches of their careers, Redecsi and Salkovic were psyched to battle the Lady Volunteer pair of Natalie Puluskota and Caitlin Whoriskey. 

The Blue Demons came out very aggressive and took a 6-2 lead with big-time shots and fantastic serves.  With Puluskota and Whoriskey on their heels, the Tennessee tandem was able to stop DePaul's attack and answered by winning the next six games to move into the semifinals on Saturday.

"Tennessee plays a style that is very aggressive and does not go away.  There is a reason they are the number one team in the country" DePaul head coach Mark Ardizzone said after the difficult loss.

"I am not disappointed with the outcome, we had out chances and were just not able to finish."

"I am proud of both Anna and Selma as their hard work put them in this position and at this tournament.  They are the first pair since I have been at DePaul to reach the ITA Indoor Championship and this gives our program at DePaul a huge boost," Ardizzone added.

After the pairs exhilarating run, Redecsi and Salkovic will rejoin the team in January for the duel portion of DePaul's schedule.

"Heading into January, Anna and Selma have the confidence that they can play with anyone in the country, but they will also play with a target on their back," Ardizzone said. "They are going to get everyone's best match and they will have to be ready for that.

The Blue Demons get back into action with a BIG EAST Conference duel against Villanova on Jan. 23 at Lakeshore Athletic Club.