One Up, One Down for the Hoosiers on Sunday
Jan. 27, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team split the action on Sunday, topping Butler, 7-0, after suffering a 6-1 setback to No. 17 Duke in the morning. Senior Brianna Williams maintained her unblemished singles mark in dual matches this season with a pair of victories, including a win over a nationally-ranked opponent.
"Playing against Duke today was a great opportunity for our girls," said Head Lin Loring. "They have all played against girls of this caliber before in their juniors careers, but today gave us our first chance of the spring to prepare for the level of competition we will see in the Big Ten. That is one of the best singles line-ups Duke has had in 10 to 12 years."
The first doubles team of Alba Berdala and Katya Zapadalova jumped out to a 4-0 lead over Duke's Amanda Granson and Melissa Mang. The Blue Devils flipped the table, however, winning four straight games of their own to knot the score at 4-4. Meanwhile, Sigrid Fischer and Lindsey Stuckey had a tight match going at number two doubles as well.
Berdala and Zapadalova did not fold, but rather regained the lead by taking the next game. In the end, Duke was able to take all three matches though as Berdala/Zapadalova eventually lost in a tie-breaker and Fischer/Stuckey dropped an 8-6 decision while the third doubles team fell, 8-3.
Senior captain Brianna Williams gave the Hoosiers a point with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph in her singles match. She bested Duke's Amanda Granson, who is ranked 99th in the ITA's preseason national rankings. Freshman Katya Zapadalova gave Tara Iyer everything she could handle, just falling short in a 7-5 first set. The Blue Devils' four top-100 players led the way in Duke's 6-1 team victory, however.
The Cream and Crimson were dominant in the second match of the day, rolling to a 7-0 win over Butler. In doubles play, IU won by a total score of 24-4 to take the doubles point. Indiana controlled the singles action as well, allowing no Bulldog to win more than three games in any set. Freshman Myriam Sopel earned a 6-0, 6-0 decision in her first career dual match singles match. Williams moved to 4-0 in dual matches with a 6-0, 6-2 besting of Tiffany McLoughlin in the No. 5 singles slot.
"Brianna has been a great team leader even before she was a senior," said Loring. "She is playing great right now. It is tough with almost half your team consisting of freshman, but Brianna is doing a great job of leading, and it shows."
Indiana's next match is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 2 against Kentucky inside the IU Tennis Complex. Hoosier fans can follow along all the action as Live Match Updates will be available for the Kentucky match via the women's tennis schedule page at iuhoosiers.com.
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