No. 36 Indiana Takes Down No. 38 Kentucky, 4-3
Feb. 16, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 36 Indiana women's tennis team clawed its way to a 4-3 victory over No. 38 Kentucky on Sunday at the IU Tennis Center.
Kentucky clinched the doubles point and added two more points in singles with wins by Caitlin McGraw (6-1, 6-2) and #56 Nadia Ravita (6-1, 6-3) over Indiana's Paula Gutierrez (No. 5) and #65 Katie Klyczek (No. 1), respectively. However, the Hoosiers stormed back to take the last four singles matches, stealing a team victory from the Wildcats.
"This was a really huge win for us," head coach Lin Loring said. "Kentucky beat us last year 4-3 and to comeback from being down 3-0 to win this year speaks volumes about how hard this team fights. After being two points away from beating a ranked Notre Dame on the road last month, we really needed this ranked win."
Knotted at three points apiece, the match proved to be decided by the singles No. 4 matchup between Indiana's Alecia Kauss and Kentucky's Edmee Morin-Kougoucheff. Kauss lost the first set but battled back to take the next two and, in the process, seal the victory for the Hoosiers.
In doubles, Kentucky's tandem of Nadia Ravita and Aldila Sutjiadi brought Kentucky its first win of the day, defeating Sophie Garre and Kayla Fujimoto, 8-3. Kentucky's No. 1 doubles team comprised of Caitlin McGraw and CeCe Witten clinched the doubles point with their tight 8-7 (7-5) victory over Katie Klyczek and Carolyn Chupa.
Indiana's #81 Sophie Garre was first to put the Hoosiers on the board with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Kelsey Dieters in the No. 3 match. Gabrielle Rubinstein (6-2, 7-6 (3)) and Carolyn Chupa (6-2, 7-5) then added to the comeback with victories over Stephanie Fox and Aldila Sutjiadi, respectively.
"Their coach and I played a little game of chess at the start of the singles and fortunately we won," Loring said. "They didn't like the matchup they had at No. 6, so they pulled their No. 6 and put in their No. 7, which gave them a winning matchup from last year. We responded by pulling our No. 6 and putting in our No. 7, which gave us a player with a totally different game style. I was really proud of Gabby Rubenstein. It was the first time she has been put into a big pressure match and she came through with flying colors."
The Hoosiers are back in action on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m. ET when they play host to Northwestern at the IU Tennis Center.
Order of Finish: Doubles (2,1,3) Singles (5,1,3,6,2,4)
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