Hoosiers Split Doubleheader on Sunday
Feb. 17, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team split a pair of dual matches on Sunday. First was a 4-3 loss to No. 21 Tennessee, followed by a 7-0 sweep over Ball State.
The first two doubles matches went in favor of the Lady Volunteers in the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles slots. Indiana's Myriam Sopel and Brianna Williams were winners in the No. 3 doubles match though, as UT's tandem chose to retire after an injury occurred to Connor Vogel.
The doubles proved to be the difference in the end as singles play was split, three wins apiece. Two of the Hoosier triumphs came in straight sets while both of the three-set matches resulted in Tennessee victories. The sixth match was ended due to Vogel being forced to retire once again. Charlotte Martin defeated Samantha Orlin, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Sigrid Fischer posted a 7-6(2), 6-2 besting of Jennifer Meredith in the No. 4 match to put IU up 3-2 before Tennessee was able to grab the last two singles contests for the 4-3 win.
"We started out slow in the doubles play, and besides it (doubles point) being the decisive point, it affected us mentally the rest of the match," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "I was very pleased with the singles. We put ourselves into position to win by winning three matches and getting to a third set in two others."
Indiana took on their third Mid-American Conference foe of the season in the second match on Sunday, defeating the Ball State Cardinals just as they had the other two MAC opponents. The Hoosiers dominated the doubles play, dropping a total of just five games in all thee doubles matches combined.
The lineup was shaken up a bit in the matinee. Katya Zapadalova got the afternoon off to get some rest and Stuckey left the lineup for an exam. Myriam Sopel and Stephanie Heller replaced them in the singles lineup while Martin teamed with Heller to fill the role in doubles action.
The production level did not drop one bit, however, as Sopel and Heller both rolled to 6-0, 6-0 shutouts in the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions. Williams jumped up two spots to No. 4 singles, but ended with the same result as usual: her ninth singles win in as many dual matches this spring. Berdala and Martin had little trouble in their contests either with 6-1, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-0 wins, respectively. Fischer capped off the IU sweep by taking a 6-2, 7-5 score in the No. 3 singles match.
The Cream and Crimson hit the road for the first time this spring next weekend, traveling south to Wake Forest. While in North Carolina, Indiana will not only play the Demon Deacons, but also take on UNC-Greensboro in the second match of Saturday's doubleheader.
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