Singles play lifts Bears to victory
Washington beats five ranked opponents to close out season
GREENCASTLE, Ind. – No. 13 Washington University in St. Louis continued its hot streak to end the regular season with a come-from-behind 6-3 win at No. 17 DePauw.
The Bears (16-5), who finished third at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship two weeks ago, have won eight of their last 10 matches, with the only losses coming to No. 3 Emory University and No. 4 Chicago.
Washington U. has five wins against ranked opponents during that stretch and has risen to No. 3 in the NCAA Central Region rankings, behind Chicago and No. 6 Denison University. The Bears are hoping for a fourth consecutive at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament when this year’s bracket is announced on Monday on www.ncaa.com at 7 p.m. (ET).
DePauw held a 2-1 lead against Washington through doubles action, but the Bears won five of the six singles matches en route to the victory. Elise Sambol and Theresa Petraskova each earned a pair of wins against DePauw. The duo picked up an 8-4 win against Elizabeth Young and Meg Crowley at second doubles, while Petraskova was a 7-5, 6-4, winner against Crowley at No. 4 singles, and Sambol defeated Young 6-3, 7-5, at No. 5 singles.
The Bears led 4-3 as Paige Madara beat Katie Regan 6-4, 7-5, in the sixth singles contest, and Evelyn Qin clinched the victory by outlasting Kelly Gebert, 6-1, 2-6, 6-0, in the No. 2 singles match.
Kate Klein earned the final singles point for Washington in the closest match of the day. She edged Tricia Wilks, 6-7 (0-7), 7-6 (7-2), 10-6, at third singles.