Women's Tennis Downs DePaul and Xavier
March 1, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team improved to10-3 on the year following a pair of victories on Saturday. No. 28 Indiana downed No. 57 DePaul and Xavier in the home doubleheader.
"With DePaul recently beating Purdue 6-1, it's great to beat them 5-2," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "DePaul is very good, especially at the top of their lineup. Both matches today will hopefully get us ready for Ohio State next week."
Senior captain Brianna Williams and freshman Katya Zapadalova occupied the No. 1 doubles slot and delivered an 8-3 win over DePaul's Beatrix Csordas and Gergana Ganeva. Indiana's third doubles team of Sigrid Fischer and Myriam Sopel captured the doubles point for the Cream and Crimson with an 8-6 win. With the doubles point already determined, the third and final doubles match was halted in order to start singles play and avoid unnecessary injuries.
Williams was the first to finish in singles competition as well, picking up a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Kirtsen Gambrell to put the Hoosiers ahead 2-0. DePaul bounced back moments later with a win in the No. 2 singles position. The next three matches concluded all went in favor of IU, however, sealing the Indiana team win. Alba Berdala, Charlotte Martin and Lindsey Stuckey were responsible for the remaining three points in IU's 5-2 win over DePaul.
COMPLETE RESULTS VS. DEPAUL
1. Brianna Williams/Katya Zapadalova (IND) def. Beatrix Csordas/Gergana Ganeva (DEPAUL) 8-3
2. Alba Berdala/Lindsey Stuckey (IND) vs. Kirsten Gambrell/Dunja Antunovic (DEPAUL) 5-6, unfinished
3. Myriam Sopel/Sigrid Fischer (IND) def. Katarina Milinkovic/Selma Salkovic (DEPAUL) 8-6
The Hoosiers began their 7-0 shutout over Xavier by dominating the doubles competition, surrendering a total of just six games combined in the three doubles contests.
Stephanie Heller and Maria Guerreiro led the way at No. 3 doubles, rolling to an 8-0 sweep over Annie Diedalis and Kelsey Kinnard. It was Guerreiro's first collegiate start. The teams of Fischer/Sopel and Stuckey/Williams each bested their foes 8-3.
Sopel remained flawless in singles play this spring. The Longnes, France native has been inserted into the singles starting lineup on four occasions thus far and has won each match by a score of 6-0, 6-0. Sopel has now won all 48 games she has played in dual match singles.
"Myriam (Sopel) has been playing really well at practice," said Loring. "There is no hesitation to put her in the lineup. We are fortunate to have such a strong number seven singles player."
The remaining five singles matches also concluded in straight sets, all going in favor of the Hoosiers. Williams won her 12th singles match already, owning a 12-1 singles mark in the dual match season. Martin got the call at No. 1 singles and responded by topping Aylin Seyalioglu, 6-1, 6-3.
Stuckey (6-3, 6-0), Fischer (6-3, 6-4) and Stephanie Heller (6-2, 6-2) each added to their win totals as well.
"We rotated in some players, and it really showed our depth by winning the second match without our top two players," said Loring.
COMPLETE RESULTS VS. DEPAUL
The Hoosiers will take a break from non-conference action next Saturday (Mar. 8) for the Big Ten Opener at Ohio State. The match is schedule to begin at 10 a.m. in Columbus, Ohio.
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