VALPARAISO, Ind. – Talk about a big bounce-back, DePaul did it in style Saturday at The Courts of NWI.
Responding to the women’s tennis team’s first loss of the season at Notre Dame last week, the Blue Demons swarmed past Valparaiso 6-1 while improving to 3-1 on the season.
This one was never in doubt as coach Marisa Arce‘s energetic team swept all three doubles matches and never looked back.
Alina Kuzmenkova and Marija Jovicic clinched the doubles point with a 6-3 decision at No. 2 doubles over Amanda Tabanera and Isabella Schoolcraft. In the No. 1 slot, Yuliya Kizelbasheva and Lenka Antonijevic downed Claire and Olivia Czerwonka 7-5.
Maddie Yergler posted the first singles result at No. 5 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Schoolcraft. The Blue Demons went up 3-0 after Kizelbasheva’s 6-1, 6-1 decision over Tabanera at No. 3.
The match clincher came courtesy of No. 1 Avgeri’s 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Olivia Czerwonka. Jovicic followed with her 6-2, 6-0 victory over Bertino.
Valentina Martin kept the shutout going at No. 6 singles after topping Jhaveri 6-4, 6-4. Valparaiso (1-5) avoided the whitewash with a victory at No. 2.
Looking for a weekend sweep, the Blue Demons confront longtime rival Marquette at 5 p.m. Sunday in their home opener at Lakeshore Sport & Fitness.
DePaul 6, Valparaiso 1
Feb. 20, 2021
1. Aspasia Avgeri (DPU) def. Czerwonka, Olivia (VALPO) 6-2, 6-3
2. Czerwonka, Claire (VALPO) def. Alina Kuzmenkova (DPU) 5-7, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8)
3. Yuliya Kizelbasheva (DPU) def. Tabanera, Amanda (VALPO) 6-1, 6-1
4. Marija Jovicic (DPU) def. Bertino, Mia (VALPO) 6-2, 6-0
5. Maddie Yergler (DPU) def. Schoolcraft, I. (VALPO) 6-0, 6-1
6. Valentina Martin (DPU) def. Jhaveri, Demi (VALPO) 6-4, 6-4
1. Yuliya Kizelbasheva/Lenka Antonijevic (DPU) def. Czerwonka, Claire/Czerwonka, Olivia (VALPO) 7-5
2. Alina Kuzmenkova/Marija Jovicic (DPU) def. Tabanera, Amanda/Schoolcraft, I. (VALPO) 6-3
3. Maddie Yergler/Aspasia Avgeri (DPU) def. Jhaveri, Demi/Bertino, Mia (VALPO) 6-1