Denver Wins Women's Tennis Championship
Score: No. 1 Denver 4, No. 3 Fort Wayne 0
Records: Denver (14-8), Fort Wayne (18-10)
Location: Colorado Athletic Club Monaco – Denver, Colo.
DENVER – Top-seeded Denver swept No. 3 seed Fort Wayne to win The Summit League Women's Tennis Championship. The No. 69 Pioneers claimed the league crown in their inaugural league season and advance to the NCAA Tournament.
The Pioneers won the doubles point behind victories by Maureen Slattery and Caroline Schnell (8-1) at No. 2 and Natalie Dunn and Evy Van Genechten (8-3) at No.3.
DU's Kathryn Hughes opened the singles scoring with a 0 and 1 victory at No. 4. Sonja Radosevic followed with a 1 and 1 win at No. 3 singles. Schnell sealed the title victory with a 3 and 3 clinching win at No. 2.
Schnell's straight-set (3 and 3) victory was the clinching win and gave Denver its first Summit League Championship.
Inside The Box Score
- The Denver win marked the first 4-0 championship final since 2011.
- Hughes was the only player to win a set 6-0 and recorded the largest margin of victory at 0 and 1.
- Summit League Player of the Year Mayu Sato was the only Fort Wayne player to win a set, recording a 6-3 win in the first set at No. 1 singles.
News & Notes
- Denver is the first Summit League team since 1996 to win the women's tennis tournament in its inaugural season and the third overall to achieve the feat.
- DU claimed its first league tournament title since 2008, when it captured the Sun Belt Championship.
- The Pioneers will make their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009, when they received an at-large bid.
- Denver went 8-0 against Summit League competition this season, winning by a combined score of 49-1.
Denver awaits its NCAA Tournament opponent and location. The selection show will air live on NCAA.com on Tuesday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. ET.