IU Falls at #3 Notre Dame
March 5, 2010
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The No. 30 Indiana University women's tennis team (10-3) dropped a road match at No. 3 Notre Dame on Friday, 7-0, up in South Bend, playing with a limited roster due to injury and illness. Leslie Hureau and Myriam Sopel improved to 15-5 on the doubles court , however, with their 8-5 win over the Fighting Irish.
"Notre Dame is the best team we've played this year," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "They overpowered us in a lot of positions. Even with our team at full strength it would have been a really hard match to win. Some of the match-ups would have been better and scores closer, but that's about it."
As mentioned above, the Hoosier No. 2 doubles team of Hureau and Sopel notched a tally in the win column. The IU tandem trailed early before battling back and controlling the action down the stretch for an 8-5 victory.
"It was a really good win for Myriam and Leslie and number two doubles. We just threw them together before the match and they played well."
Unfortunately a forfeit at No. 3 doubles combined with a defeat at first doubles handed Notre Dame the doubles points and a 1-0 lead.
A pair of Hoosiers pushed the action in singles play, including Evgeniya Vertesheva and Myriam Sopel; both of whom lost tight 6-4 sets to nationally-ranked opponents before eventually falling in straight sets.
The Cream and Crimson are back on the courts early Sunday afternoon for an 11 a.m. match against the No. 1 Northwestern Wildcats.
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