Denison Tops DePauw in NCAA Third-Round Thriller
May 14, 2011
May 14, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — In a match that came down to just the number-one singles match on the court, sixth-ranked Denison advanced to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals following a 5-4 win over #17 DePauw in the third round of the national tournament.
Denison scored the match's first point after its number-two doubles team of Kelsey Geppner and Alex Marcell defeated DePauw's Elizabeth Young and Meg Crowley by an 8-4 score.
The Big Red made it 2-0 when the number-one tandem of Kristin Cobb and Sarah Short topped Janelle Arita and Kelly Gebert, 8-3. DePauw trimmed the lead to 2-1 as its number-three doubles team of Tricia Wilks and Lizzy Whitlatch beat Kate Westenberger and Jane Lent, 8-5.
Singles play started outside but was moved indoors due to rain during the first set of each. Katie Regan of DePauw evened the score with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Lilianna Broussalian at sixth singles. Denison's Westenberger gave her team a 3-2 advantage following a 6-2, 6-3 win at number-five singles over Young.
Marcell made it 4-2 with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Crowley at fourth singles, but DePauw closed the gap to 4-3 when Gebert rallied for a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over Short at the number-two slot.
Wilks then evened the score at 4-4 with a 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4 win over Geppner and, just minutes later, Cobb wrapped up a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Arita.
Denison improved to 18-4, while the Tigers finished the season at 14-10. Arita and Gebert will represent DePauw at the NCAA Division III Singles and Doubles Championships with Arita competing in singles and the pair playing in doubles.
Denison vs DePauw University
5/14/2011 at Greencastle, Indiana
#6 Denison 5, #17 DePauw University 4
1. Kristin Cobb (DENW) def. Janelle Arita (DEPAUW) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
2. Kelly Gebert (DEPAUW) def. Sarah Short (DENW) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5
3. Tricia Wilks (DEPAUW) def. Kelsey Geppner (DENW) 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4
4. Alex Marcell (DENW) def. Meg Crowley (DEPAUW) 6-3, 7-5
5. Kate Westenberger (DENW) def. Elizabeth Young (DEPAUW) 6-2, 6-3
6. Katie Regan (DEPAUW) def. Lilianna Broussalian (DENW) 6-4, 6-1
1. Kristin Cobb/Sarah Short (DENW) def. Janelle Arita/Kelly Gebert (DEPAUW) 8-3
2. Kelsey Geppner/Alex Marcell (DENW) def. Elizabeth Young/Meg Crowley (DEPAUW) 8-4
3. Tricia Wilks/Lizzy Whitlatch (DEPAUW) def. Kate Westenberger/Jane Lent (DENW) 8-5
Denison 18-4; National ranking #6
DePauw University 14-10; National ranking #17
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,5,4,2,3,1)
NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship Third Round
Play suspended at 1:39 p.m. due to rain and resumed indoors at 2:10 pm
Denison advances to NCAA Division III Quarterfinals