Indiana Wins Sixth Straight to Start Spring Season
Feb. 1, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #30 Indiana University women's tennis team improved to 6-0 on the season with a pair of victories in Sunday's doubleheader. Indiana began the day with a `closer-than-the-score-would-indicate' 6-1 win over Maryland before blowing by Butler, 7-0, in the second match.
"We could easily be 3-3 this season instead of 6-0," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "The difference has been our singles play in tight matches. We are 12-0 in tie-breakers. That's an unbelievable stat for any team. We just keep finding a way to win the close matches."
The doubles action versus Maryland served as a foreshadow for how the rest of the match was going to be; very tightly-contested. After the Terrapins took the No. 1 doubles match, second and third doubles both went into a tiebreaker. Indiana found themselves in an 8-7 deficit on both courts before winning the sixteenth game to force the tiebreaker. Megan Matter and Lindsey Stuckey were the first pair to finish, evening the doubles competition at 1-1 with their 7-3 tiebreaker win. Maryland responded, however, grabbing the doubles point with a 7-5 tiebreaker win at No. 2 doubles just moments later.
Stuckey wasted little time putting IU on the board in singles action, defeating her opponent 6-1, 6-0. Her match was concluded before three others had even completed their first set. The rest of her teammates then followed Stuckey's lead as the Hoosiers swept the singles line-up.
Fischer was the next to finish in her 6-1, 6-2 win over Maggie MacKeever at No. 4 singles. Charlotte Martin and Berdala finished within seconds of each other, both grabbing straight-set victories. True freshman Megan Matter remained unbeaten in her singles collegiate career, moving to 4-0. Matter dropped the opening set 6-2 before firing back with a pair of 6-2 winners herself. Zapadalova, playing in the No. 1 singles slot, completed the 6-1 team score by winning back-to-back tiebreakers over Michal Amir.
"Maryland was a very good win for us, especially after losing the doubles point," said Loring. "We had to win three three-setters in singles last year to beat them. So to take all the singles today was a very good performance for us."
No. 1- Amir/Miller (UM) def. Berdala/Zapadalova (IU), 8-3
No. 2- MacKeever/Peters (UM) def. Fischer/Sopel (IU), 9-8(5)
No. 3- Matter/Stuckey (IU) def. Hansbrough/Huschke (UM), 9-8(3)
No. 1- Katya Zapdalova (IU) def. Michal Amir (UM), 7-6(1), 7-6(6)
Indiana's second win of the day came much easier as the Hoosiers swept Butler, 7-0. The Hoosiers surrendered only seven games total in the doubles competition, winning by scores of 8-2, 8-4 and 8-1.
Matter continued her unbeaten streak, coming off the singles courts first with her 6-0, 6-0 blanking at No. 6 singles. Berdala, Fischer, Stuckey and Zapadalova all controlled their matches the whole way, allowing the Bulldogs to win no more than three games in any set. Martin then completed the Hoosier sweep at No. 2 singles, topping Molly Casperson in a third-set tiebreaker.
"I was proud of the team the way they beat Butler," said Loring. "We had very tired legs from the Maryland match, but we did a good job of staying focused and getting the job done."
No. 1- Berdala/Zapdalova (IU) def. Bobrowski/Jaimes (BU), 8-2
No. 2- Fischer/Sopel (IU) def. Casperson/Jenkins (BU), 8-4
No. 3- Matter/Stuckey (IU) def. Hayward/Thompson (BU), 8-1
The Hoosiers hit the road for the first time this spring next weekend, heading to Durham, N.C. for a pair of matches on the campus of Duke University. Indiana plays the Blue Devils on Feb. 6 and take on Princeton the following day.
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