GRANVILLE, Ohio – The 26th ranked Denison women's tennis team improved to 3-0 in the North Coast Athletic Conference's West Division on Saturday afternoon following an 8-1 win over No. 34 DePauw University at the Denison Tennis Courts in Granville. The win also moved the Big Red to 11-8 on the season while DePauw dropped to 8-11 in dual match play.
On the doubles courts, the nationally ranked senior combo of Lauren Hawley and Emma Alsup opened the match with an 8-5 top-flight victory over DePauw's Megan Galle and Sarah Wilder. With the win, the senior duo moved to 13-5 on the year, all in No. 1 play. Alex Cash and Hannah Cianciola followed suit in No. 2 doubles after defeating Colleen Morris and Emma Love, 8-6.
Entering singles action with a 2-1 advantage, the Big Red opened singles play with Hawley posting a 6-0, 6-4 win over Galle, while her doubles partner Alsup also garnered a victory with a 7-5, 6-0 defeat of Amanda Showalter.
In No. 3 singles, Cash turned in a 6-0, 6-2 straight-set victory over Morris and Cianciola defeated Love, 6-0, 6-1 in the fourth flight. Seniors Megan Hickey and Ashley Hammons each posted victories in No. 5 & No. 6 play to round out the team win for Denison.
Prior to the start of the match, seniors Lauren Hawley, Emma Alsup, Megan Hickey, Ashley Hammons, Courtney Brown, and Charlotte Purnode were recognized for their dedication to the women's tennis program and for their accomplishments while at Denison.
The Big Red will round out the dual match regular season on Saturday, April 20 when they travel to Lima, Ohio for a 9 a.m. matchup with the University of Northwestern Ohio.