Hoosiers Smack the MAC, Topping Western Michigan and Miami (OH)
Jan. 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #30 Indiana University women's tennis team got the 2009 spring season started with a pair of 4-3 victories over #54 Western Michigan and Miami (OH).
"In 36 years of coaching I've never started a season with two 4-3 wins," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "It's pretty unbelievable. It's like winning two soccer games on penalty kicks."
Indiana opened the 2008 spring campaign against the same two opponents as Loring reached an enormous milestone that weekend by registering his 700th career coaching win. Loring is the NCAA's all-time leader in Division-I women's tennis coaching victories.
And just as they had a year ago, the Hoosiers got things started on Sunday with Western Michigan on the other side of the net. The Broncos came to Bloomington ready to play, sweeping the doubles action and garnering a 1-0 advantage on the team scoreboard.
The Hoosiers then needed to win four of six singles matches; and they did just that. Senior captain Sigrid Fischer notched one of the singles wins, topping Rachel Denny in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. Charlotte Martin, playing No. 2 singles, also won her match in straight sets. Martin followed a 6-4 first-set victory with a 9-7 winner in her second-set tiebreaker. Katya Zapadalova sat atop the Hoosier line-up in the No. 1 slot, posting a 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 win over Kerstin Pahl. The newest Hoosier and only freshman on the team, Megan Matter, adjusted to the collegiate game just fine by winning her first career match. The youngster was unflappable en route to back-to-back tiebreaker victories, 7-6(6) and 7-6(2) to clinch the win for IU.
"We had people step up in both matches with big wins when we needed them" said Loring. "Megan Matter especially deserves a lot of credit. She has only been in school a week and both matches came down to her court. She competed unbelievably well."
The next match started off much better for the Cream and Crimson as they won two of three doubles contests to take the doubles point. The tandems of Myriam Sopel/Lindsey Stuckey and Alba Berdala/Megan Matter each came out on top by scores of 8-5.
Indiana then won three of the singles showdowns for another 4-3 team triumph. It was some familiar faces providing the singles points for IU as Martin, Fischer and Matter each tallied their second singles win of the day.
"Both Katya and Charlotte won match tie-breakers that turned out to be crucial," said Loring. "In the Western Michigan match Katya was down 7-5 and came back and won 10-8. In the Miami match Charlotte was down 8-5 and came back and won10-8. If we lose those match tie-breakers we lose both matches."
"Hopefully this will give us confidence next time we are in a tight match," said Loring. "Also, I think the team realizes we have a lot of areas we can improve in."
The Hoosiers return to action next Sunday, Jan. 25 with another home doubleheader. It marks the second of three consecutive Sunday home doubleheaders to begin the '09 spring season. Marquette and Ball State will serve as the opposition on Jan. 25 while Maryland and Butler visit Bloomington on Feb. 1.
Indiana 4, Miami (OH) 3
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