Hoosier Depth Proves Too Much For Princeton
Feb. 7, 2009
DURHAM, N.C. - The Indiana University women's tennis team notched a 4-3 win over the Princeton Tigers Saturday afternoon down in Durham, N.C. With the win, the Hoosiers improved to 7-1 on the season while Princeton falls to 3-2.
"We played much better today and competed hard at every position," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "I'm extremely proud of our team. This was a fantastic win for us. Come NCAA tournament time, Princeton will be a top-25 team."
Wins at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles handed the doubles point and a 1-0 advantage on the team scoreboard to the Hoosiers. Lindsey Stuckey and Megan Matter cruised past their Princeton opposition in a lop-sided 8-1 final score. Meanwhile, the second doubles tandem of Sigrid Fischer and Myriam Sopel dug themselves quite a hole before battling back to win by an 8-4 tally.
"The match was probably decided by the doubles point," said Loring. "It came down to number two doubles, where we were behind 4-1. Sigrid and Myriam made some adjustments and won the next seven games and the doubles point."
In singles play, the Hoosiers sealed the deal by winning three of the first four completed matches for the 4-1 lead. Princeton was then able to close the gap with a pair of three-set victories at No. 2 and No. 5 singles.
Alba Berdala continued her recent hot streak, picking up another `W' on Saturday. The senior captain topped Melissa Saiontz, 6-1, 6-3 in the third singles match. Her fellow senior captain, Sigrid Fischer, also came out on the right end of her contest. Fischer dropped just four games in a 6-1, 6-3 victory. True freshman Megan Matter got back to her winning ways, improving to 6-1 in career singles.
Indiana returns to Bloomington for their next match, hosting DePaul inside the IU Tennis Center on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 11 a.m. Live match updates will be available for that match right here at IUHoosiers.com
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