Kentucky Denies a Hoosier Victory
Feb. 22, 2009
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Sophomore Myriam Sopel took advantage of her first singles start of the '09 season, defeating Kentucky's Minnette Pienaar in a third-set tiebreaker. The Hoosiers came out on the wrong end as a team though, dropping a 6-1 decision to the #20 Wildcats.
"We played much better today, we were competitive in almost every singles match," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "I think playing two top-25 teams on the road this weekend was a great learning experience for our team."
Kentucky was able to gather the doubles point by sweeping all three matches. At No. 2 doubles, Sigrid Fischer and Myriam Sopel remained `on serve' at the 5-5 mark. That is when the UK combination of Megan Broderick and Christine Johnston broke the IU serve and went ahead for good in their 8-5 win.
Sopel stepped into the singles line-up at No. 6 singles and delivered a 3-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) victory for Indiana. Sopel was not the only Hoosier to respond well after a disappointing first set though as Alba Berdala followed up a 6-0 loss in her opening set to nearly force a third set before eventually falling 7-5 in the second stanza.
"We know it's going to be like this the rest of the season," said Loring. "Every team on our schedule will be in the NCAA tournament or on the bubble to get in. We simply do not have one easy match remaining. Every player on every team will be good. We have to ready to raise our level of play."
The Cream and Crimson return to Bloomington for an 11 a.m. match versus Wake Forest next Saturday (Feb. 28). The Demon Deacons are ranked 31st nationally.
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