April 28, 2018
CAYCE, S.C.—The No. 3 seed Marquette women’s tennis team came up just short in the BIG EAST Championship semifinals despite staging a comeback, falling 4-2 to No. 2 DePaul.
The Golden Eagles (12-10) got off to a strong start, taking the doubles point on the strength of wins by pairs Fleur Eggink and Natalija Popovic, and Paula Tormos Sanchez and Andrea Amortegui. Singles play proved tough, as Marquette dropped the first three matches.
However, Tormos Sanchez battled out of the top slot and prevailed in three sets. With the Blue Demons holding a narrow 3-2 lead, Marquette needed to take each of the next two singles matches to win. Amortegui got off to a strong start, winning the first set, but narrowly dropped the next two and DePaul earned the win with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 score.
For the Blue Demons (10-10), Aspasia Avgeri turned in a strong effort, taking home a win in both her doubles and singles play and Alina Kuzmenkova clinched the win with the effort against Amortegui. DePaul advances to the finals against top-seed St. John’s on Sunday morning. The Blue Demons won the conference title last season and have taken home the trophy four of the past five years.
Marquette wraps up spring play with a 12-10 record and advanced to the BIG EAST semifinals for the second time in three seasons.