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