DePaul Wins See-Saw Battle, 4-2
Feb. 13, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A Hoosier comeback was cut short Saturday afternoon as the No. 45 IU women's tennis team (7-2) fell short against visiting DePaul (6-1). The final tally read 4-2 in favor of the Blue Demons, ranked No. 33 nationally. The No. 6 singles match went unfinished after the team result was determined.
"This is a disappointing loss because we fought back after the doubles and put ourselves in position to win five of the singles," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "You have to give credit to DePaul, they turned around several matches that we were in control of."
The day began with a split decision in the double action. DePaul's first doubles team of Anna Redecsi and Selma Salkovic showed why they are the ninth-ranked doubles tandem in the country, defeating Leslie Hureau and Myriam Sopel, 8-4.
Lindsey Stuckey and Evgeniya Vertesheeva quickly evened things up, however, improving to 8-1 as a duo with their 8-5 victory at No. 2 doubles. The third and final doubles contest went to DePaul though and gave the Blue Demons an early 1-0 lead.
Singles play was a series of big momentum swings. After DePaul won the first set in four of the six singles matches, the Hoosiers flipped the tables and snagged four of the six second sets. Indiana looked to be in control late in the match before one last Blue Demon surge proved to be too much.
Vertesheva (18-4) and Stuckey (16-5) were each able to pick up straight-set wins. Stuckey's was in quick fashion, the first to finish with her 6-1, 6-2 besting of Gia McKnight. Vertesheva won by scores of 6-3 and 6-4.
Unfortunately for Hoosier fans, DePaul seized three of the other four singles matches to earn a 4-2 victory. Charlotte Martin's match at No. 6 singles was halted in the middle of a third set after the team outcome was clinched.
"This is the first match that we haven't been able to cover up our injuries and illness," said Loring. "Until we get everyone at 100 percent, we'll keep being the underdog and we have to get comfortable with that role. Our healthy players will have to play really well every time out if we expect to win."
The Hoosiers are done with competition for the weekend and will return for another home match next Saturday (Mar. 20) vs. No. 41 Kentucky. Indiana will also host the No. 13 Lady Vols of Tennessee on Sunday. Both matches are slated for 11 a.m. starts; and live match updates will be available for each.
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