Indiana Falls Just Short at No. 25 Tennessee, 4-3
Feb. 15, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In an exciting match, the No. 54 Indiana women’s tennis team fell on the road to No. 25 Tennessee on Friday night, 4-3.
Carolyn Chupa and Katie Klyczek started things on the right note for IU (8-1) in the No. 2 doubles match as they topped UT’s Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams, 8-5. The Lady Vols (1-4) evened things up as the No. 3-ranked doubles duo of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely edged No. 44 Sophie Garre and Leslie Hureau of Indiana in the No. 1 match, 8-5.
The doubles point came down to the No. 3 match, which put IU’s Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy against Tennessee’s Sarah Toti and Mimi Fotopoulos. The match was a nail biter, but Kauss and Murdy came out on the right side of the ledger for the Hoosiers with a 9-7 triumph to take the doubles point.
In singles, Hureau retired during the second set of the No. 1 match against No. 18 Boren to even the team score. At No. 2, UT’s Szekely, ranked 34th nationally, took down IU’s Klyczek in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, to give the Lady Vols the edge in the team tally.
Indiana’s Murdy evened things again by topping Tennessee’s Sarah Toti in the No. 6 match, 6-0, 6-3. Chupa then pushed the Hoosiers ahead with a win in the No. 5 match over Fotopoulos, 6-3, 6-4.
At No. 3, UT’s Williams won the first set over Kauss, 6-4. In the second set, it came down to tiebreaker before Williams prevailed, 7-6 (7-5).
With the match even at 3-3, the outcome would be determined in the No. 4 match of Indiana’s Garre and Tennessee’s Henderson. Garre struck first winning the first set. Henderson answered back by taking the second set to send it to a third and deciding set. Henderson would outlast Garre in that third and final set as the final tally of that match was 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. It gave Tennessee its first dual win of the season.
“I was really proud of the team and the way we competed. We put ourselves in position to win but couldn't finish it,” head coach Lin Loring said. “This will hurt for a while but we have learn from it and move on. We play 5 more top 25 teams on the road, so it doesn't get any easier. That was the first doubles point we have won against a top-25 team in a few years. They kept attacking us, we made adjustments and played well.”
The Hoosiers will get a chance to bounce back on Sunday as IU will head to Lexington, Ky., to battle the Kentucky Wildcats. That match is set to begin at 11 a.m. ET.
“We have make sure we don't let up against Kentucky,” Loring said. “The SEC is the top rated conference and every team is good, especially when playing at home.”
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (1,2,6,5,3,4)
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