Hoosiers Win a Thriller Over No. 31 Purdue, 5-2
March 14, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 44 Indiana women's tennis team outlasted No. 31 Purdue on Friday night at the IU Tennis Center, 5-2. The match lasted over four hours as both singles and doubles went down to the wire.
In doubles, IU (12-4, 1-1) won first at No. 3 as Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy downed Purdue's Nicole Robinson and Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum, 8-4. At No. 2, Purdue (5-5, 1-2) evened the doubles with a win and attention then shifted to the No. 1 match.
The top doubles match featured Indiana's Carolyn Chupa and Katie Klyczek vs. 43rd-ranked Mara Schmidt and Krisztina Kapitany of Purdue. The Purdue tandem jumped ahead 7-5 and looked to clinch the doubles point for the Boilermakers. But Chupa and Klyczek dug in to rally and tie it up at 7-7. Schmidt and Kapitany jumped ahead in the match tiebreaker, but IU fired back to even the tiebreak at 6-6. Chupa and Klyczek won the next two points to win the tiebreaker, the match and the doubles point for Indiana.
In singles, Kauss picked up Indiana's second point with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Purdue's Nicole Robinson in the No. 4 match. The Boilermakers then earned a point with Robinson defeating IU's Chupa in straight sets in the No. 3 match, 6-3, 6-2.
Garre then made it a 3-1 Indiana lead as she downed Purdue's Schmidt in straight sets at No. 2, 6-1, 6-2. Andjela Djokovic gave the Boilermakers their second point taking the final two sets in a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 win over IU's Gabrielle Rubenstein at No. 6.
The final two matches on the court made for a thrilling finish. At No. 5, IU's Murdy dropped the first set to Purdue's Kapitany, 6-4. Murdy then rebounded to take the second set, 6-3. The third set was one to remember for Indiana. Murdy was behind on two match points as Kapitany led 5-3, but Murdy rallied back to win four-consecutive games to clinch her match, 7-5, along with an Indiana team victory.
In the No. 1 match, Klyczek split the first two sets with Purdue's Daniela Vidal. Murdy's match ended as Klyczek led 2-1 in the final set. Vidal then retired to give Indiana its fifth point.
The win is IU's first over Purdue since 2010 and gives Indiana its first Big Ten victory this season. The Hoosiers will head to Orlando, Fla. for a spring break training trip and will take on No. 35 Kansas on Wedesday, March 19 while in Florida.
Order of Finish: Doubles (3, 2, 1) Singles (4, 3, 2, 6, 5, 1)
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