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Denver Women’s Tennis captures its 10th straight Summit League title

DES MOINES, Iowa – The No. 52 University of Denver women’s tennis team (17-6, 6-0 Summit) won the 2024 Summit League Women’s Tennis Championship with a 4-0 sweep over South Dakota on Saturday.

Denver has now won 10 straight Summit League titles in every season the championship has been contested since DU joined the Summit League in 2013-14. Saturday’s result also keeps DU undefeated against Summit League opponents since the 2023-14 season.

With the win, Denver automatically secured a berth in the NCAA National Tennis Championships, the 10e in a row and are 13e general.

Doubles:

Denver earned its first point of the day with wins over Nos. 1 and 2 doubles, starting with another graduate student win Britt Pursel and junior Andrea Burguete Beltran on court 1. They raced out to a 5-0 lead before USD stayed alive with a late break, though the DU duo would serve out the lead on their next attempt.

The second tandem of Caroline Driscoll And Louise Wikander faced a back-and-forth battle at No. 2 doubles, breaking their first return match before getting a break at 2-4. They responded with four straight game wins to take the point at 6-4.

Fellow second year Claudia Martinez de Velasco And Alice Otis were all tied at 5-all on No. 3 doubles in a match that saw neither team break serve.

Singles:

DU took quick and early leads in all six singles matches, capturing every first set and winning or holding the lead in five of the six second sets.

Burguete Beltran had 6-1 sets at No. 1 singles to put Denver ahead 2-0 overall. She improved her result from 6-1 6-2 in Friday’s semi-final, losing just five games in both matches combined. Both sets followed similar scoring patterns, with the DU junior taking a 5-1 lead and closing it out in the next game.

At No. 3 singles, Driscoll also won both of her sets by the same score, 6-2, and both in identical fashion. She broke in her first return game and backed it up 3–0 before breaking again in the eighth and final games.

Otis clinched the championship for Denver at No. 5. She traded breaks in the middle of the first set before calling a break and serving out at 5-4. The second started with three straight breaks for Otis, although USD’s Grace Chaddick got one back to move to 5-1. Otis responded with a final break in what would be the final completed match of the tournament.

Pursell was two games away from winning the No. 2 match when the dual was clinched. She broke in the third and fifth games of the first set, serving out at 6-2, before breaking again to open the second set. South Dakota’s Amanda de Olivera got back on even terms at 2-2, where the set remained on serve until it was stopped.

In the No. 4 singles match, Wikander claimed her first set, 6–3, after getting the first break for a 4–2 lead and holding her serve the rest of the time. She broke twice through the first three games of the second set and was leading 3-0 when the match was stopped.

Martinez de Velasco recovered from a break deficit and started her match to level the first set at 2-2 before trading another break in the next two games. She regained a break lead at 4-3, held 5-3 and then broke again to take the lead, 6-3. The second set proved to be more competitive, although the players again traded early breaks in successive games. The DU sophomore got another break at 1-3 and was broken again for 2-5, although the set and match were not yet over.

Next one:

The University of Denver women’s tennis team has earned an automatic berth in the Summit League for the 2024 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship, which kicks off May 3-5. DU awaits the official selections to be announced during the NCAA Selection Show on Monday, April 29 at 4:30 PM MT.

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