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Denison earns spot in NCAC title match

Taylor Hawkins' two wins helped DU advance to the NCAC title match.
Taylor Hawkins' two wins helped DU advance to the NCAC title match.

The Big Red women's tennis team advanced to the 2013 North Coast Athletic Conference Championship match following a 5-1 victory over conference rival Kenyon on Saturday in Oberlin, Ohio.

Denison took an early 2-1 lead after winning two of the three doubles matches.  The No. 1 doubles team of Alex Marcell and Kelsey Geppner improved to 11-3 on the year after edging the duo of Amy Schlessman and Taylor Diffley, 8-6.  The freshmen tandem of Taylor Hawkins and Audrey Fitzpatrick, who missed the match against Kenyon on April 3, cruised past Lauren Hoffman and Amanda Polster, 8-3.

In singles play, Marcell, Hawkins and Fitzpatrick picked up the singles wins for DU at the second, third and fifth flights, respectively.  Marcell picked up her sixth-straight win after knocking off Diffley 6-2, 6-1.  Hawkins also posted a 6-2, 6-1 victory, while Fitzpatrick logged a 6-3, 6-2 decision over Lauren Hoffman.

Saturday's win sets up a rematch with nationally-ranked and top-seeded DePauw University.  The Tigers, who defeated Oberlin 5-2 in the semifinals, handed the Big Red a 7-2 loss in Granville on April 14.  Sunday's championship match is slated to begin at 11 a.m.