No. 41 Hoosiers Fall to No. 14 Notre Dame
March 4, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 41 Indiana women's tennis team fell to No. 14 Notre Dame on Friday afternoon in Bloomington, 6-1. The loss ends IU's three-match win streak as the Irish win their fifth-consecutive match.
The Hoosiers (10-3) started doubles play with a win at No. 3 by Sophie Garre and Diana Kyllmann, 8-4. The 26th-ranked duo of Kristy Frilling and Shannon Mathews of Notre Dame (8-4) then topped Leslie Hureau and Myriam Sopel playing No. 1, 8-5. In the deciding No. 2 doubles match, Kayla Fujimoto and Evgeniya Vertesheva hung tough for IU in a tight contest, but fell just short, 8-6, as the Fighting Irish claimed the doubles point.
"I thought we did some good things today. Sophie and Diana did a great job of stepping in today and being very competitive," Indiana Head Coach Lin Loring said. "We were one point away from being at 6-7 at No. 1 doubles and one point from being up 7-6 in No. 2 doubles, after had won at No. 3. So the doubles were right there."
In singles action, Garre started things for Indiana with a straight set victory playing No. 6, 6-2, 6-1, to even the team score. But Notre Dame seized momentum right back as No. 32-ranked Mathews defeated IU's Vertesheva in the No. 2 singles match, followed by No. 3-ranked Frilling earning an Irish win over Hureau at No. 1. No. 112-ranked Jennifer Kellner clinched the match for visiting Notre Dame with a straight set triumph over Martin in the No. 3 singles match.
"We had three really competitive singles matches and we actually played well in several others that the scores don't indicate," Loring said. "As long as we keep improving, we should be very competitive when we start Big Ten play next week."
Indiana will open Big Ten play in its next match at Purdue on Saturday, March 12. That match will begin at 11 a.m. ET in West Lafayette.
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