Hoosiers Come Up Short Against Boilermakers
March 9, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - In an afternoon that saw four singles matches go to a third set, including two tiebreakers, and a tight battle in doubles, the No. 68 Purdue women's tennis team topped No. 41 Indiana on Friday, 6-1.
The Hoosiers (11-4, 0-1) began the day with a strong win at No. 3 doubles as Carolyn Chupa and Kayla Fujimoto topped Daniela Vidal and Lynda Xepoleas of Purdue (7-1, 1-0), 8-3. The momentum quickly swung over to Purdue's favor as the Boilermakers won at No. 1 and No. 2 to take the doubles point.
In singles, the Boilers took the first two completed matches in straight sets at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions to lead, 3-0. The remaining four matches would all go to a third set. Leslie Hureau gave IU its first point of the afternoon, as she was triumphant over Purdue's Jennifer Rabot in the No. 1 match, 6-4, 2-6, 6-3.
With IU trailing 3-1, only the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 matches remained. At all three positions, the outcome came down to the wire. But Purdue clinched the match as Indiana's Chupa won the first set before falling just short in a tightly contested third-set tiebreaker to Vidal, 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4). The Boilermakers captured the final two singles matches also in dramatic fashion. Gisella Pere of Purdue defeated Fujimoto, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 at No. 5, before Imogen Golder topped Indiana's Sophie Garre in the No. 6 match, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2).
"Considering we had a really limited week of practice because of injuries, I thought we competed really well," head coach Lin Loring said. "We had to change our doubles lineup, which may have cost us, we'll never know. Then we were about four or five points from taking four three-set singles matches. We put ourselves in a position to win, we just couldn't close it out."
Indiana will have a two-week break between matches before returning to the courts at Penn State on Friday, March 23.
Order of finish: Doubles (3, 1, 2); Singles (2, 3, 1, 4, 5, 6)
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