Hoosiers Go To 8-0 With Wins over Marquette, Ball State
Feb. 4, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team remained undefeated on the season with a 7-0 win over Marquette in the morning, then defeating Ball State, 6-1, in the afternoon.
With the victories, the Hoosiers go to 8-0 for the first time since the 2002 season.
"I was very pleased, especially with our doubles play against Marquette," head coach Lin Loring said. "We really showed a lot of improvement. All in all, I thought we played very well in both matches, and we are looking forward to next weekend."
Marquette hung tough in the morning matches, beginning with doubles. At No. 1, sophomore Alba Berdala and senior Laura McGaffigan defeated Lauren Little and Shannon Brown, 8-4. Sophomore Sigrid Fischer and senior Cecile Perton won at No. 2, 8-2, while sophomore Stephanie Heller and junior Brianna Williams earned an 8-5 with at No. 3.
In singles, McGaffigan took Kylie Moore to three sets at No. 2, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3, before walking away with the win.
"Everyone played really well today," McGaffigan said. "We knew we would have to play well, especially against Marquette. Everyone had a part and we all went out and did it. It was nice that the match had already been decided and it didn't come down to the last match."
Also against Marquette, Perton defeated Robin Metzler 6-0, 7-6, at No. 5 singles, while Fischer earned a 7-5, 6-1, victory over Maria Calbeto at No. 3 singles.
Against Ball State, the most exciting match of the day belonged to freshman Lindsey Stuckey at No. 6 singles. After dropping the first set, 7-5, she came back to win the second set, 6-2. Stuckey played a tough third set before falling, 1-0 (10).
Berdala, ranked No. 86 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA), won both of her matches on the day at No. 1 singles and doubles. She beat Marquette's Little, 6-4, 6-2, and defeated Ball State's Haly Calderwood, 6-0, 6-1.
Berdala and Perton are both 8-0 in singles this season, while Perton also remains perfect in doubles with Fischer at No. 2.
"We are getting better every day," Perton said. "We are making improvements everyday, which is just what we need to do. We played well today, which will help prepare us for next week."
Next week, Feb. 10-11, the Hoosiers travel to Duke and North Carolina. The Blue Devils are ranked seventh by the ITA, while the Tar Heels come in at No. 9.
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