No. 37 Hoosiers Upset No. 21 Kentucky
Feb. 18, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The No. 37 Indiana women's tennis team upset No. 21 Kentucky, 5-2, on Sunday, Feb. 18.
"This was a good win for us, to beat a team ranked in the top 25," head coach Lin Loring said. "This win will go a long way to helping us get into the NCAA Tournament because both of us will probably be looking for an at-large bid. We knew that if we played well at home we could beat them. I'm really, really pleased for the team that they could beat a team that high in the rankings at this point in the season."
Indiana (9-3) started the match with a 1-0 lead after winning a hard-earned doubles point. At No. 1, sophomore Alba Berdala and senior Laura McGaffigan put up a tough fight against third-ranked Kim Coventry and Joelle Schwenk before falling 8-5. Sophomore Stephanie Heller and junior Brianna Williams gave the Hoosiers their first doubles win of the day at No. 3, defeating Kentucky's (6-1) Caroline Winebrenner and Jessica Giuggioli, 8-4.
In singles, straight-set victories at No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6 gave Indiana the win. At No. 2, McGaffigan defeated No. 60 Schwenk, 6-4, 6-1. Perton defeated Giuggioli at No. 5, 6-2, 6-1, while Stuckey clinched the match win with a 7-5, 6-2 victory at No. 6 over Whitney Spencer.
At No. 1 singles, 86th-ranked Berdala put up a tough fight against Kim Coventry, falling in three sets, 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (3). At No. 3, Fischer played a strong third set to defeat Escamilla, 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (3).
Loring feels that playing against No. 7 North Carolina and No. 10 Duke last weekend was a big advantage for the Hoosiers.
"Even though we lost those matches, the Duke match in particular wasn't that far out of our reach," Loring said. "I knew the women knew that they could play with Kentucky after being right there against two top 10 teams."
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 24, when they travel to Tennessee at noon EST.
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