No. 39 Indiana Falls to No. 23 Notre Dame, 4-3
Feb. 2, 2014
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The No. 39 Indiana women's tennis team fell in tough road match at No. 23 Notre Dame on Sunday that went down to the wire, 4-3. Five of the six singles matches were decided by a match tiebreaker in the third set.
Indiana (4-1) started strong in doubles as Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy teamed up to down Julie Sabacinski and Mary Closs of Notre Dame (4-1) in the No. 3 match, 6-3. IU then clinched the doubles point at No. 2 as Kayla Fujimoto and Sophie Garre downed ND's 26th-ranked Jennifer Kellner and Monica Robinson, 6-4.
Notre Dame tied the team score when Closs won her No. 5 singles match over Indiana's Paula Gutierrez, 6-4, 6-2. Julie Vrabel then gave the Fighting Irish a 2-1 edge with her 4-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-5) triumph over IU's Murdy at No. 6.
Jennifer Kellner gave Notre Dame a third point by defeating IU's Kauss in the No. 3 match, 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7). Garre got a team point back for the Hoosiers as she downed No. 86 Robinson of Notre Dame, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-6) in the No. 4 position.
No. 73 Katie Klyczek of Indiana evened the tally as she was victorious in the No. 1 match over ND's Britney Sanders, 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-2).
The final match remaining on the courts was Indiana's Carolyn Chupa against No. 67 Quinn Gleason of Notre Dame. Chupa took the first set winning a tiebreaker before Gleason bounced back to win the second set. Gleason then won an exciting match tiebreaker by a 12-10 margin to earn the No. 2 match with a final tally of 6-7 (5), 6-3, 1-0 (12-10).
"This one will hurt for awhile," head coach Lin Loring said. "It was the best we played all year. We put ourselves in a position to win on several courts and couldn't finish. It may be the closest tennis match I've ever coached in. The new experimental format made it extremely exciting. Five match tie-breakers out of six singles matches was pretty exciting. I was really proud of how hard we competed and how well we played on the road against a top 25 team. We will be a good team this year if we can stay at this level."
Indiana will next play Miami (OH) and Butler at home in a double-header beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 8.
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (5,6,3,4,1,2)
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