Hoosiers Knock Down Top-10 Foe
Feb. 21, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team (9-2) not only defeated No. 10 Tennessee (6-3) on Sunday, but did so in impressive fashion and dropping just one team point in a 6-1 victory.
"Similar to yesterday's match against Kentucky, this was a total team win," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "Everyone in the line-up won singles, doubles or both. When that happens, it makes us a very tough team to play."
"Every year Tennessee is one of the best teams in the country. This was a great win for us and I told the team it puts a big target on our back. We will not be under anybody's radar for the rest of the year."
Lindsey Stuckey and Evgeniya Vertesheva got the ball rolling right from the get-go by taking out the 20th-ranked doubles team in the country. The IU tandem picked up an 8-5 win over Rosalia Alda and Zsofia Zubor in the first completed doubles match.
"The doubles point was huge," said Loring. "I really felt that we captured the momentum with the doubles point and that put the pressure on them for the singles. Leslie beating the No. 38 player in the country in two sets was also huge in allowing us to keep the momentum."
As mentioned by Coach Loring, Hureau did indeed earn the biggest win of her young Hoosier career. Indiana held a 2-1 lead following a UT forfeit at sixth singles and win for the Lady Vols at the top of the singles line-up. Hureau snagged the Hoosiers' third team point with her straight-sets triumph over No. 38 Maria Sorbello, 6-3, 7-5.
Myriam Sopel, playing No. 4 singles, then ended all doubt and captured the match-clinching fourth team point. Sopel rebounded from a second-set loss to win her third set, 7-5.
Katya Zapadalova showed some resilience as well, battling back to take her final two sets 7-5 and 7-6(5). The Yaroslavl, Russia native was trailing 5-1 in her third-set tiebreaker before ripping off six straight points to notch the `W.'
Stuckey kept the good times coming for the Hoosier faithful in attendance, cruising past Katie Lee, 6-2, 6-3, in the final match of the day.
"I'm really proud of the team, we fought at every position," said Loring. "Top to bottom, from an energy and effort stand-point, this was our best match of the year."
Indiana will host a lone home match next weekend, welcoming the Oregon Ducks (5-4) to Bloomington on Saturday for an 11 a.m. match. Live match updates will be available right here at IUHoosiers.com.
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