IU Erases Early Deficit in 4-3 Victory Over Wisconsin
March 27, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team (11-5) earned a Big Ten victory on Saturday, topping the Wisconsin Badgers (5-11) in a tight one, 4-3. Indiana came out on top in four of six singles matches to secure the `W.'
"Win or lose, this was a great college tennis match," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "The momentum kept changing back and forth. It was really exciting. I would have enjoyed it much more if I had been sitting in the stands watching and not having to coach."
Lindsey Stuckey and Evgeniya, the 70th-ranked doubles combo in the country, have now won 13 of 16 matches together after an 8-3 win Saturday afternoon. The Badgers managed to take the other two doubles contests and snag the first team point of they day.
Indiana then found themselves in 2-0 hole when Katya Zapadalova was forced to retire due to cramping at No. 3 singles. Vertesheva got it started for the Cream and Crimson at first singles, defeating her opponent in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Her doubles partner, Stuckey, was next to supply a team point. The Greensboro, N.C., native rebounded from a 6-2 opening-set loss to seize the final two 7-6(5), 6-1.
The points kept coming for IU as the next two concluded matches completed the Hoosier comeback. Charlotte Martin and Leslie Hureau were each victors in those contests. Martin finished first by winning 7-6(4), 6-4 while Hureau pulled it off in a third set. It marked Hureau's 20th singles win of her freshman season.
"We needed this win," said Coach Loring. "We have not been playing well since the injuries and illnesses hit us. We've had people out of the line-up or playing injured, and then the healthy players were trying a little too hard to make up for their teammates who were not healthy."
"We competed really hard on every court. Good things usually happen when we can say that."
A point in the Crimson and Gold Cup standings is online next weekend when the Boilermakers of Purdue invade Bloomington on Saturday, April 3 for an 11 a.m. match with the Hoosiers.
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