Hoosiers Downed by #1 Northwestern
March 14, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. - The #35 Indiana University women's tennis team (9-6, 1-2 Big Ten) dropped a 7-0 decision on the road to #1 Northwestern (13-1, 4-0) on Saturday.
Myriam Sopel and Katya Zapadalova got the early jump in the No. 1 doubles match, taking the first game for a 1-0 lead and trailed by a lone game at 3-2 after winning the fifth game of the match as well. But in the end, it was the Wildcats who came out on top in that contest to go along with wins in the other two doubles matches also, earning the team doubles point.
Lindsey Stuckey forced a third set in her match at No. 5 singles. The Greensboro, N.C., native rebounded from a 6-3 first-set loss and won the second set by a 7-5 tally. With the team outcome already determined, the two then simply played a 10-point tiebreaker. Unfortunately for the Cream and Crimson, Northwestern's Keri Robison snuck by Stuckey and won the third-set tiebreaker by a slim 10-8 margin.
At sixth singles, Sopel nearly joined Stuckey in a third set when she was even with Stacey Lee at 5-5; before the Wildcat grabbed the final two games and the match, 6-4, 7-5.
No. 1- #22 Lui/Rose (NW) def. Sopel/Zapadalova (IU) 8-3
No. 2- #42 Mosolova/Robison (NW) def. Fischer/Stuckey (IU) 8-3
No. 3- Chernyakova/Murray (NW) def. Berdala/Martin (IU) 8-1
Indiana is now set to take a two-week vacation from Big Ten play for some non-conference action. First, the Hoosiers will compete in the Las Vegas Invitational from Mar. 16-18 before returning to Bloomington for a home match against #4 Notre Dame on Mar. 26.
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