Top-Ranked Wildcats Topple IU, 7-0
March 7, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 30 Indiana University women's tennis team (10-4) came up on the wrong end of a 7-0 tally against No. 1 Northwestern (12-1) Sunday afternoon in Bloomington.
"We have four losses and three of them are to the number one, number three and number six teams in the country," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "Once we get everyone healthy, I think we can be a pretty good team."
Indiana's doubles tandem of Lindsey Stuckey and Evgeniya Vertesheva are ranked 24th nationally and improved to 12-2 on the season with their 8-3 rout of Maria Mosolova and Linda Abu Mushrefova in the second doubles contest. It looked as if the Hoosiers were going to take a 1-0 lead over the top-ranked Wildcats as No. 1 doubles led 6-4.
Elena Chernyakova and Samantha Murray battled back, however, and took the final four games for an 8-6 win. Combined with a Northwestern win at third doubles as well, and the Wildcats earned the doubles point.
"I was especially pleased with the energy we showed in the doubles," said Loring. "We are playing the number on team in the country with only one of our regular doubles team, and we are up 6-4 at number one for the doubles point. We didn't win it, but we gave ourselves a chance to win and that is what's important."
Charlotte Martin, who defeated NU's No. 31 Samantha Murray as a freshman, nearly pulled off the upset of a Wildcat once again. Martin held a lead for much of the first set before falling in a tiebreaker. She then battled Brittany Wowchuk in a 7-5 second-set defeat.
"We had quite a few sets in singles where we were competitive," said Loring. "This has been a really good experience for the bottom half of the line-up. With Katya (Zapadalova) out, they are playing up. Hopefully at the end of the year we will be better because of it."
The Hoosiers continue Big Ten play next week when they host No. 43 Illinois on Friday, March 12 at 3 p.m. Indiana has won five of the last six meetings with the Fighting Illini, but will look to avenge a loss to Illinois in last year's Big Ten opener.
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