Hoosiers Remain Unbeaten in Conference Play
March 23, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana extended their current winning streak to seven consecutive matches on Sunday, topping the Golden Gophers of Minnesota by a score of 6-1. The Hoosiers sit atop the Big Ten standings with a 3-0 mark in conference play.
"That match was a lot closer than the score shows," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "That's four or five matches in a row now where we've been able to win the three-set matches. The doubles matches were very close today."
First, Sopel teamed up with Lindsey Stuckey for an 8-2 win over Danielle Mosseau and Jackie Sperling at No. 3 doubles. A loss at second doubles put some pressure on Brianna Williams and Katya Zapadalova in the No. 1 doubles match-up. The Hoosier tandem did not disappoint, grabbing the team doubles point with an 8-5 besting of Karina Chiarelli and Lindsay Risebrough.
Williams later improved to 16-1 in dual match singles with a 6-0, 6-2 showing over Elena Kazakova. Minnesota then got on the board with a win at fourth singles to cut the IU lead to 2-1.
Sopel made her sixth appearance in the singles line-up on Sunday, and came out on top for the sixth time. She did not lose a single game in her first four dual singles matches and has only surrendered a total of six games in 12 sets. Martin clinched the IU team triumph, picking up a 6-2, 6-4 winner at No. 3 singles.
Three-set wins by Berdala and Zapadalova, in the first and second singles contests, capped off the 6-1 Indiana win.
"We are going to be tough to beat if we can continue to win three-set matches like we have the last few matches," said Loring.
No. 1- Alba Berdala (IU) def. Alessandra Ferrazzi (Minn)- 6-4, 4-6, 6-6
No. 2- Katya Zapadalova (IU) def. Lindsay Risebrough (Minn)- 6-1, 1-6, 7-6
No. 3- Charlotte Martin (IU) def. Karina Chiarelli (Minn)- 6-2, 6-4
No. 4- Tijana Koprivica (Minn) def. Lindsey Stuckey (IU)- 6-1, 6-4
No. 5- Brianna Williams (IU) def. Elena Kazakova (Minn)- 6-0, 6-2
No. 6- Myriam Sopel (IU) def. Danielle Mousseau (Minn)- 6-0, 6-3
The Cream and Crimson will host their third consecutive Big Ten match on Friday, March 28 at 3 p.m when Michigan State comes to town looking to hand Indiana their first conference loss of the season.
"The wins over Ohio State and Iowa were key, they finished four and five in the league last year," said Loring. "We still have Northwestern and Michigan ahead, but wins like these ones are what we need to get into the NCAA tournament. They will help when it comes to the NCAA selection."
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