Singles Rally Sends DePaul Past Herd
DePaul won four of the last five matches to defeat Marshall
MINNEAPOLIS — Anna Smith’s first career singles win during dual match play wasn’t enough to prevent a late rally from DePaul, as the Blue demons cane back from being down 2-0 to defeat Marshall’s women’s tennis team, 4-3, Sunday afternoon at the Courtside Classic.
DePaul, playing shorthanded for the weekend, was forced to forfeit at No. 3 doubles, meaning that Marshall only had to split the two doubles matches to take the point. Maddie Silver and Brooke Lashway paired to defeat Milica Tesic and Aspasia Avgeri, 6-2, to clinch the point. Stephanie Smith and Marija Bogicevic fell to Keisha Clousing and Patricia Lancranjan in the other doubles match, 6-2.
DePaul, with only five players available for the match, was forced to forfeit at No. 6 singles, which gave the Herd a 2-0 lead. From there, the Blue Demons started their comeback. Lashway was forced to retire in the middle of the second set of her match, giving the Blue Demons their first point of the match. DePaul used straight-sets wins at the No. 2 (Lancranjan def. Silver, 6-3, 6-4) and No. 3 spots (Avgeri def. Bogicevic, 7-5, 6-3) to take a 3-2 lead. Anna Smith’s straight-sets win over Marija Jovicic, 7-5, 6-1, the first of her career, evened the match for the Herd. Stephanie Smith fought back after dropping the first set of her match to force a tiebreak, but fell in the tirebreak to Clousing, 10-8, giving the match to DePaul.
“It was a very tough match,” head coach John Mercer said. “Great job by Anna to get a hard-fought win at No.4. Stephanie made a great effort coming back from down a set to gain several set points in the second set but fell in a tiebreaker. We look forward to coming home and playing against Virginia Tech Friday.”
Marshall (0-4, 0-0 C-USA) plays Virginia Tech in its first home match Friday at 4 p.m.