Freshman Chupa Lifts IU over No. 71 DePaul, 4-3
Feb. 19, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's tennis team outlasted No. 71 DePaul on Sunday afternoon at the IU Tennis Center. The Hoosiers topped the visiting Blue Demons, 4-3.
The day began with a double win for DePaul at No. 1 as Jasmin Kling and Gia McKnight topped IU's Carolyn Chupa and Katie Klyczek, 8-3. The Hoosiers bounced right back after that early setback as Leslie Hureau and Alecia Kauss won at No. 3 before Kayla Fujimoto and Evgeniya Vertesheva earned an 8-6 victory at No. 2 to clinch the doubles point.
In singles, the Blue Demons evened things up as Patricia Fargas bested Indiana's Vertesheva, 6-2, 6-3. Hureau swung the pendulum back in IU's direction with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over DePaul's Kling at the No. 1 position, 6-2, 6-1. Fujimoto gave the Hoosiers a 3-1 team advantage winning at No. 6, 6-2, 6-4, over Carolin Neumann.
DePaul kept it interesting with victories at No. 3 and No. 5 to even the score. It all came down to the No. 4 match as Indiana freshman Chupa found herself in a tight match with Kelsey Lawson of DePaul. Lawson took the first set, but Chupa bounced back to top Lawson in the second set. The third and final set came down to the wire as the two players were locked at six games apiece as Chupa worked out of deficits of 5-4 and 6-5 in the set. Chupa did not let the pressure faze her as she took the tiebreaker, 7-4, to give the Hoosiers the team victory. The final score of her match was 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) and the win snapped DePaul's eight-match winning streak.
"DePaul is a very, very good team. That was a really exciting college tennis match. In basketball terms it was like a 3-pointer at the buzzer. The fans were great today and the home court made the difference," head coach Lin Loring said. "Our team got some personality today and I hope we can build on this win. We had much better energy and fight today. DePaul is definitely an NCAA tournament team and should finish in the top 30. I was really happy for Carolyn today. Playing a tiebreaker for the team win with everyone in the building watching is a tough spot for anyone, but especially a freshman. She came through big time today."
The Hoosiers will play again on Friday, Feb. 24 at No. 23 Notre Dame. That match will begin at 3 p.m. ET in South Bend, Ind.
Order of finish: Doubles (1, 3, 2); Singles (2, 1, 6, 3, 5, 4)
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