Denison suffered a 7-2 setback to No. 11 DePauw in Sunday's North Coast Athletic Conference West Division match in Granville, Ohio.
The Tigers took a commanding 3-0 lead after sweeping all three doubles matches. DePauw took No. 1 doubles via 8-4 decision and won the second and third flights with matching 8-5 scores. The visiting team secured the match by winning four of six singles.
Junior Kelsey Geppner and senior Alex Marcell broke up the shutout bid with victories at the first and second singles flights, respectively. Geppner, ranked 10th in the central region, faced off against her fifth-straight regionally-ranked foe.
On Sunday, Geppner took on her third top-10 opponent in the central region, fourth-ranked Maggie MacPhail. The two battled to a 6-6 draw through the first 12 points of the opening set. In the tiebreaker, the Denison junior topped MacPhail, 7-4, to win the first set. Geppner carried that momentum into the second set, winning a 6-2 decision over MacPhail. With the victory, Geppner improved to 4-1 against opponents ranked in the central region and 7-3 at the top singles flight.
Marcell also posted her 10th win of the season after defeating Claire Marshall in three sets at No. 2 singles. The DU senior won the opening set with a 6-4 score, while Marshall took the second via 6-0 decision. In the third-and-final set, Marcell knocked off Marshall 10-6 to win the flight.
Denison falls to 12-5 overall and 1-1 in the NCAC West, while the Tigers improve to 13-7 and 2-0 in division play. The Big Red closes out the regular season on Thursday when they travel to Wittenberg for a 4:30 p.m. match.