Women's Tennis

    Indiana Women's Tennis Falls in Tough One to Purdue, 4-3

    Go Hoosiers! Evgeniya Vertesheva picked up wins in both singles and doubles action against the Boilers.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Evgeniya Vertesheva picked up wins in both singles and doubles action against the Boilers.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 12, 2011

    Complete Results

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -­ No. 47 Indiana led early, but No. 57 Purdue rallied winning the final three singles matches of the day to pick up the 4-3 win in West Lafayette on Saturday in the opening weekend of Big Ten play.

    Indiana began the day with a dominating No. 2 doubles win by Kayla Fujimoto and Evgeniya Vertesheva, 8-2. Purdue evened the doubles portion of the match with a No. 3 victory before IU's Leslie Hureau and Myriam Sopel clinched the doubles point for the Hoosiers with a come from behind 9-7 victory playing in the No. 1 match over the 18th-ranked combo of Jennifer Rabot and Mara Schmidt of Purdue.

    In singles, the Boilermakers tied the team score as Fujimoto fell in the No. 5 match to Imogen Golder, 6-3, 6-0. Vertesheva and Hureau rebounded for IU collecting straight set victories playing No. 2 and No. 1, respectively, to make it a 3-1 Hoosier lead half way through singles play.

    Purdue came right back into the match picking up a victory in the No. 3 match as Bhavani Tirumurti defeated IU's Katya Zapadalova using a second set tiebreaker to do so, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). The Boilers then evened the team score as Charlotte Martin fell in the No. 4 spot.

    With the team score knotted at 3-3, it all came down to the No. 6 singles match as Sopel was matched up against Purdue's Gisella Pere. Pere took the first set then in the second set, the two players traded games back-and-forth. Sopel trailed, 6-5, and fought back to tie the set before falling in the tiebreaker with the final match tally of 6-3, 7-6 (7-1).

    "It was a tough loss for us but a very entertaining college match," Indiana Head Coach Lin Loring said. "We had the momentum after the doubles when we came back from a 6-3 deficit to win the No. 1 match to take the doubles point. But Purdue did a great job of coming back in the singles."



    Indiana will head to Las Vegas, Nev., to participate in the Las Vegas Invitational during spring break next week.

    Match Results

    No. 1 - Leslie Hureau/Myriam Sopel (IU) def. No. 18 Jennifer Rabot/Mara Schmidt (PU), 9-7
    No. 2 - Kayla Fujimoto/Evgeniya Vertesheva (IU) def. Gisella Pere/Anna Duskina (PU), 8-2
    No. 3 - Bhavani Tirumurti/Imogen Golder (PU) def. Katya Zapadalova/Charlotte Martin (IU), 8-3

    No. 1 - No. 61 Leslie Hureau (IU) def. Jennifer Rabot (PU), 6-3, 6-3
    No. 2 - Evgeniya Vertesheva (IU) def. Mara Schmidt (PU), 6-3, 6-1
    No. 3 - Bhavani Tirumurti (PU) def. Katya Zapadalova (IU), 6-3, 7-6 (7-3)
    No. 4 - Anna Duskina (PU) def. Charlotte Martin (IU), 6-2, 6-1
    No. 5 - Imogen Golder (PU) def. Kayla Fujimoto (IU), 6-3, 6-0
    No. 6 - Gisella Pere (PU) def. Myriam Sopel (IU), 6-3, 7-6 (7-1)

    Order of Finish: Doubles (2, 3, 1) Singles (5, 2, 1, 3, 4, 6)


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