Women's Tennis

    IU Comes Up Clutch Again, 4-3 Win Over Iowa

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Brianna Williams improved to 15-1 in dual match singles with a win on Saturday
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Brianna Williams improved to 15-1 in dual match singles with a win on Saturday
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 22, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team pulled off their second 4-3 Big Ten victory of the year, improving to 13-3 overall and 2-0 in the conference. In fitting fashion, the team score came down to senior captain Brianna Williams' singles win, pushing the Hoosiers ahead, 4-3, over the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes.

    "This is the second close Big Ten match we've won," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "This team is finding a way to win. We had three match points against Wake Forest, but couldn't finish. I told the team we needed to win those types of matches and finish them off. They did that today and against Ohio State."

    Indiana's depth was a key to victory once again as the four team points came via wins in the No. 4-6 singles matches and No. 2 and No. 3 doubles contests. Coach Loring was forced to shuffle the line-up bit with junior Sigrid Fischer out sick.

    Lindsey Stuckey and Myriam Sopel got it going early, posting an 8-3 triumph over Kayla Berry and Lynne Poggensee-Wei in the third doubles match. Alba Berdala and Charlotte Martin then clinched the doubles point by besting Merel Beelen and Milica Veselinovic, 9-8.

    Iowa bounced right back in singles play, however, taking a 2-1 lead following wins at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. After IU's Myriam Sopel evened the score at 2-2 with her 6-1, 6-2 win in the sixth singles match, the Hawkeyes quickly regained the lead by seizing a straight-set win at No. 3 singles.

    The Hawkeyes were one point away from the fourth and decisive point on three different occasions. Iowa's Kelcie Klockenga held a 7-6, 5-4 lead and was serving up 40-15 for a double match point opportunity. Williams fought back and forced a deuce. Klockenga was then able to earn an "ad point" before Williams once again shut the door by denying that match point as well. Indiana's senior captain went on to win a 7-3 tie breaker and extend the match into a third set.



    Meanwhile, Stuckey was also in the midst of a three set battle with Beelen in the fourth singles match. Stuckey eventually posted a 6-2, 6-7, 6-1 win for IU's third team point. It all came down to Williams' final set, and she left no doubt to the end result. The Tampa, Fla. Native had a lone unforced error and won 24 points compared to Klockenga's 8 en route to a 6-0 stomping.

    "We're happy to be 2-0 in the conference," said Loring. "We could easily be 0-2, but a pair of close wins have given us a good start to the Big Ten season."

    The Hoosiers home match versus Minnesota on Sunday has been moved to a noon start in order to accommodate the Golden Gophers. A power outage in Columbus, Ohio forced Minnesota's match against Ohio State to be delayed several hours on Saturday and they will not arrive in Bloomington until late in the evening.

    No. 1- Jacqueline Lee (Iowa) def. Alba Berdala (IU), 6-1, 6-1
    No. 2- Milica Veselinovic (Iowa) def. Katya Zapadalova (IU), 6-2, 6-2
    No. 3- Alexis Dorr (Iowa) def. Charlotte Martin (IU), 6-4, 6-2
    No. 4- Lindsey Stuckey (IU) def. Merel Beelen (Iowa), 6-2, 6-7, 6-1
    No. 5- Brianna Williams (IU) def. Kelcie Klockenga (Iowa), 6-7, 7-6, 6-0
    No. 6- Myriam Sopel (IU) def. Lynne Poggensee-Wei (Iowa), 6-1, 6-2

    No. 1- Dorr/Lee (Iowa) def. Williams/Zapadalova (IU), 9-8
    No. 2- Beradala/Martin (IU) def. Beelen Veselinovic (Iowa), 9-8
    No. 3- Sopel/Stuckey (IU) def. Kayla Berry/Poggensee-Wei (Iowa), 8-3


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