Loring Wins 700th Career Match, Most in NCAA
Jan. 20, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Women's Tennis Head Coach Lin Loring surpassed a large milestone on Sunday, earning the 700th coaching win of his career. Loring sits atop the NCAA wins column as the first Division I women's tennis coach to win 700 matches, and the majority of those wins (658) came with the Hoosiers as he enters this 31st season at the helm.
"I had no idea about the milestone until Ramiro (Azcui, associate head coach) told me right after the win," said Loring. "I don't really follow that kind of stuff. The 700 wins are just a matter of how many years I have been at it and the great kids, great support staff and great assistant coaches I have had the pleasure to work with. The longevity and team work has really helped."
Win number 699 came in the first dual match of the season for the Hoosiers, a 6-1 win over Western Michigan in the morning. IU then grabbed Coach Loring the milestone win by defeating another MAC foe in the afternoon match, downing Miami (OH) by a score of 6-1 as well.
"I truly enjoy my job and waking up everyday to come to work," said Loring. "The location is another a big part of this program's success. Bloomington is a nice `college town' and a great place to raise a family."
The Hoosiers began the day by taking all three doubles matches against the Broncos, including an 8-0 victory for Lindsey Stuckey and Sigrid Fischer at second doubles. Indiana's number one doubles team, Alba Berdala and Katya Zapadalova finished off the doubles sweep with an 8-7 (7-5) tiebreaker win.
Senior captain Brianna Williams wasted little time giving the Hoosiers a 2-0 lead in the dual match, plowing through WMU's Ashley Moccia 6-0, 6-1 in her singles match. Zapadalova and Stuckey also seized straight-set wins in their singles matches to put IU up 4-0. Fischer dropped her opening set to Yumi Matsuto 4-6 before going on a tear the next two sets, coming out on top 6-0, 6-1 to win the match.
Freshman Charlotte Martin began her collegiate dual match career by getting the nod at third singles, and responded with a third set tie-breaker triumph over WMU's Noriko Saruta. The Broncos' Kerstin Pahl earned Western Michigan a point, however, at first singles.
It was déjà vu in the second match of the day as the Hoosiers took the doubles point and five of six singles matches for another 6-1 triumph. Williams rolled in her second match as well, winning by a 6-0, 6-1 score once again. Zapadalova and Martin were both able to pull of third set tie-breaker victories in their respective matches.
"Both these teams are good at the top of their lineups, and this should help as get ready for later in the season," said Loring. "Today was tough on our top kids in the second match as they were pretty tired. Miami had not played a match earlier in the day like we had and seemed to have fresher legs than some of our top of the lineup players. But they (IU players) get to sleep in tomorrow (no classes at IU due to Martin Luther King Day), and that's the good part."
It will be a battle of two top-25 teams next Sunday (Jan. 27) when the #17 Duke Blue Devils come to Bloomington for an 11 a.m. showdown versus the #25 Hoosiers. Indiana also hosts Butler later in the day at 4 p.m., looking for wins number 701 and 702 for Coach Loring.
"It really is an honor to be a part of the program when Coach surpassed this milestone," said Williams. "It just shows what an amazing coach he is. He has built such a long, memorable tradition here at IU."
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