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LOCKPORT, Ill. --- The University of St. Francis women's tennis team remained unbeaten in Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference play after taking down Purdue University Northwest 7-2 Saturday afternoon at the Challenge Fitness Tennis Courts. The Saints improved to 5-0 in league play with their season-high fifth straight victory and moved two matches over the .500 mark overall (9-7) for the first time on the year.
Senior Gabriella Demchenko (Buffalo Grove, Ill./ Stevenson) and junior Eva Lopez (Zaragoza, Spain) turned in identical scorecards on the day as they both won their singles matches – Nos. 1 and 2 – by 6-1, 6-0 counts. That came after they teamed up for an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles.
The Saints also picked up an 8-1 win at No. 2 doubles courtesy of juniors Merle Schlaeger (Hanau, Germany) and Brittney Kupiec (Lockport, Ill./ Lockport). Schlaeger added a 6-1, 6-3 victory at No. 3 singles, while Kupiec was a 6-0, 6-2 victor at No. 4.
Sophomore Erika Edrada (Romeoville, Ill./ Romeoville) produced the seventh match win with her 6-4, 6-3 decision at No. 5 singles.
Head coach Jim Trudeau's team takes its season-high winning streak into a key league matchup with No. 19 Olivet Nazarene on Tuesday in Bourbonnais. The match is slated to start at 3:30 p.m.