Women's Tennis Winning Streak Extended to Eight
March 28, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - #25 Indiana stretched their current winning streak to eight matches on Friday, topping Michigan State, 6-1. The Hoosiers remain atop the Big Ten Standings with a 4-0 mark in conference play.
"I'm really happy with our performance today," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "We knew when Michigan State beat number 31 Washington on Wednesday that they'd come in here fired up and looking for another win over a ranked opponent. I'm really pleased we met the challenge."
The doubles point went in favor of the Cream and Crimson, just as it had in the previous seven victories of the winning streak. Alba Berdala and Lindsey Stuckey had the quickest contest, cruising to an 8-2 win at No. 2 doubles. Sigrid Fischer and Myriam Sopel clinched the team point in the third doubles match, winning 8-6 over Stephanie Kebler and Lindsey Lonergan. The No. 1 doubles tandem of Brianna Williams and Katya Zapadalova fell behind 3-2 early before winning six of the next seven games to rally for an 8-4 triumph.
Berdala carried over her stellar play in the singles action, rolling past Michigan State's Christine Bader, 6-3, 6-1 in the top singles match. Next off the court for the Hoosiers was Williams, posting her 17th dual-match singles victory already this season.
Following a Spartan win in the second singles match, Indiana bounced back with a 7-5, 6-3 winner by Sopel in the No. 6 position for the team score-clinching fourth point. Stuckey dropped her first set, but still managed to finish off her three-set victory (3-6, 6-4, 6-2) before Charlotte Martin notched a 7-5, 7-5 win over MSU's Manon Noe.
"Looking at the schedule before the year, we knew the first part of the Big Ten schedule would be very important," said Loring. "There were `should wins' and could `wins.' The Iowa and Ohio State matches were toss-ups, very glad that we won those two."
Indiana takes a short break from the Big Ten slate on Sunday for a non-conference showdown at #19 Notre Dame. The match is scheduled for noon eastern time and live match updates will be available via the women's tennis schedule page at IUHoosiers.com.
"Norte Dame is really good, especially at home," said Loring. "We are going to have to play well to win up there. We're not sure who is going to be in the line-up. We have some injured players and if we are going sit and rest any of them, a non-conference match would be when we'd do so."
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