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Fri Feb 09
Final
9 #9 Chicago
0 vs. Denison
@ Paramount Tennis Club in Westlake, Ohio
Sat Feb 10
Final
6 #16 Trinity (Tex.)
3 vs. Denison
@ North Ridge Tennis Club in North Ridgeville, Ohio
Sun Feb 11
Final
1 Denison
8 vs. #18 Case Western Reserve
@ Cleveland Skating Club in Cleveland, Ohio
Fri Feb 23
Final
9 Denison
0 vs. Allegheny
@ Westwood Racquet Club in Erie, Pa.
Sat Feb 24
Final
3 Denison
6 vs. Indiana (PA)
@ Club Sport & Health in Monroeville, Pa.
Fri Mar 02
Final
4 #21 Hope
5 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Mar 03
Final
0 Kalamazoo
9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Mar 07
Final
8 Denison
1 at Ohio Wesleyan
in Delaware, Ohio
Thu Mar 15
Final
2 Northwestern Ohio
7 #35 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Mon Mar 19
Final
0 Denison
7 vs. Towson
@ USTA National Campus (Collegiate Courts 1-6) in Orlando, Fla.
Tue Mar 20
Final
7 Denison
2 vs. Colorado Col.
@ USTA National Campus (Team USA Courts 9-14) in Orlando, Fla.
Thu Mar 22
Final
0 Denison
9 at Fla. Southern
in Lakeland, Fla.
Fri Mar 23
Final
1 St. Lawrence
8 vs. Denison
@ USTA National Campus (Team USA Courts 15-20) in Orlando, Fla.
Tue Mar 27
Final
6 #22 Kenyon
3 #35 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Mar 31
Final
0 Shawnee St.
9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 07
Final
1 John Carroll
8 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Tue Apr 10
Final
0 Wittenberg
9 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 14
Final
6 Denison
3 at DePauw
in Greencastle, Ind.
Fri Apr 27
TBA
Denison
vs. NCAC Championship
@ Indianapolis, Ind. in Indianapolis, Ind.
Sat Apr 28
TBA
Denison
vs. NCAC Championship
@ Indianapolis, Ind. in Indianapolis, Ind.
Sun Apr 29
TBA
Denison
vs. NCAC Championship
@ Indianapolis, Ind. in Indianapolis, Ind.
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Tigers edge DU in championship match

Alex Marcell won a three-set battle against DePauw on Sunday afternoon.
Alex Marcell won a three-set battle against DePauw on Sunday afternoon.

Second-seeded Denison fell just short of its 12th North Coast Athletic Conference Championship on Sunday afternoon at the John W. Heisman Field House in Oberlin, Ohio.  The Big Red erased a 3-0 deficit before suffering a 5-4 setback to 11th-ranked DePauw, who claimed their second-straight conference crown.

Things got off to a rocky start for DU on Sunday.  In a race to five points, the Tigers took a commanding 3-0 lead after winning all the doubles flight.  DePauw won second and third doubles with matching 8-2 scores.  The top flight wasn't as easy for the tournament's top-seed.  The Big Red duo of Kelsey Geppner and Alex Marcell gave Meg Crowley and Claire Marshall all they could handle.  However, the DePauw tandem squeaked out a 9-7 decision to complete the sweep.

Despite falling in what looked like an insurmountable hole, Denison Head Coach Peter Burling rallied his troops before the start of singles play.  Coach Burling's pep talk worked as the Big Red won first through fourth singles to take its first lead of the day, 4-3.

Freshmen Taylor Hawkins and Meg Chiumento started the rally with straight-set victories at the third and fourth flights.  Hawkins knocked off Crowley 6-1, 6-4, while Chiumento defeated Julie Wittwer via 6-2, 6-3 scores.

With the deficit cut to one, the door was open for Geppner and Marcell at first and second singles, respectively.  At the top flight, Geppner and Maggie MacPhail traded off 6-1 scores in the first two sets.  In the third set, the two No. 1 singles players battled to a 6-6 tie through 12 points.  In the tiebreaker, Geppner edged MacPhail 8-6 to tie the match at 3-3.

At second singles, Marcell took on Claire Marshall for the second time in two weeks.  Like their match on April 14, the two needed three sets to declare a winner.  Marcell took the opening set 6-4, while Marshall tied things up with a 6-4 win over her own.  In the tiebreaker, the DU senior picked up the 7-5 decision, giving the Big Red a 4-3 lead with two flights to go.

Unfortunately, Denison couldn't complete the come-from-behind victory as the Tigers took the fifth and sixth flights in straight-sets.

The Big Red ends its season with a 15-6 record, while DePauw will take a 17-7 mark into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.