Sat Feb 11
Final
2 Denison
7 at Northwestern Ohio
in Lima, Ohio
Sat Feb 18
Final
8 #10 Chicago
1 vs. #22 Denison
@ Indianapolis, Ind. in Indianapolis, Ind.
Sat Feb 25
Final
7 Indiana (PA)
2 Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Mar 04
2:00 PM
Denison
at Hope
in Holland, Mich.
Sun Mar 05
2:00 PM
Denison
at Kalamazoo
in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Mon Mar 13
7:00 PM
Denison
at Occidental
in Los Angeles, Calif.
Wed Mar 15
6:00 PM
Denison
at Redlands
in Redlands, Calif.
Fri Mar 17
1:00 PM
Denison
vs. Wesleyan (Conn.)
@ Claremont, Calif. in Claremont, Calif.
Wed Mar 22
4:30 PM
Ohio Wesleyan
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Wed Mar 29
4:30 PM
Denison
at Wooster
in Wooster, Ohio
Thu Mar 30
4:30 PM
Lewis & Clark
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Sat Apr 01
2:00 PM
Allegheny
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Fri Apr 07
TBA
Denison
vs. at Midwest Invitational
@ Madison, Wis. in Madison, Wis.
Sat Apr 08
TBA
Denison
vs. at Midwest Invitational
@ Madison, Wis. in Madison, Wis.
Tue Apr 11
4:30 PM
Denison
at Wittenberg
in Springfield, Ohio
Sat Apr 15
9:00 AM
DePauw
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
Thu Apr 20
4:30 PM
Baldwin Wallace
Denison
in Granville, Ohio
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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.