Women's Tennis Comes Back to Defeat No. 14 DePauw University, 6-3
Madison, Wis., April 8, 2011 – The No. 17 Washington University in St. Louis women’s tennis team overcame a 2-1 deficit through doubles competition to pick up a 6-3 victory over No. 14 DePauw University in the 2011 Midwest Invitational quarterfinals on Friday morning in Madison, Wis.
The Bears lost at both No. 1 and No. 2 doubles needing a hard fought win in the third match to earn one point heading into singles action against DePauw. Sophomore Paige Madara and freshman Corinne Rauck pulled out the victory over Lizzy Whitlatch and Tricia Wilks, 9-8 (9-7).
Washington University needed to win four of the six singles matches to come away with a win and the Bears lost only at number one, posting an impressive 5-1 mark in singles against the No. 14 team in the country.
All five of Washington University’s singles victories came in straight sets, but several of the outcomes came via close scores despite the quick decisions. At No. 2, freshman Evelyn Qin held off Kelly Gebert for a 6-4, 6-4 win, while freshman Theresa Petraskova was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Wilks in the No. 3 spot.
Senior Elise Sambol’s win over Meg Crowly at No. 4 was the closest of the day, with Sambol prevailing 7-6 in the first set, with a score of 14-12 in the tiebreaker, and then 7-5 in the second set.
Madara beat Elizabeth Young 6-3, 6-0 in the fifth position and Rauck picked up a 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 win over Katie Regan at No. 6 singles.
Washington U. set up a showdown with University Athletic Association rival No. 3 University of Chicago in the Midwest Invitational semifinals on Saturday, April 9, at 8 a.m. The championships and third-places matches are scheduled to take place on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m.