IU Tennis Teams Clinch Crimson & Gold Cup
March 28, 2009
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team improved to 10-7 overall and evened their conference mark at 2-2 with a 4-3 win at Purdue on Saturday. The Hoosiers won three singles matches and the doubles point against the Boilermakers.
"We have struggled a little on the road this year, so this was a great road win for us," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "We had to start the conference season with four on the road and we are now 2-2. This win puts us in pretty good shape."
The win, combined with a victory by the men's tennis team over Purdue on Saturday as well, clinched the 2008-09 Crimson & Gold Cup. With six meetings between IU and Purdue still remaining, the Hoosiers 10.5 to 3.5 point lead is insurmountable already.
"When I took the job back in 1978, Red Grow, our long-time equipment manager (since retired), came into my office the first day on the job and told me as long as I beat Purdue, I would have a job," said Loring. "I'm happy to say I'm 41-1 against Purdue over the years, so I still have my job."
Coach Loring shuffled up the doubles lineup, and it worked. Sigrid Fischer and Charlotte Martin got it started with an 8-3 triumph at No. 2 doubles. Myriam Sopel and Lindsey Stuckey then clinched the doubles point with their 8-5 win over Anna Dushkina and Jennifer Rabot. Purdue was able to record the win at first doubles.
"The doubles point was huge," said Loring. "We tried some new teams and competed really hard."
The Boilermakers momentarily held a 2-1 lead after winning the first two completed singles contests. Stuckey quickly got Indiana back on track, however, posting a straight set win over Remi Martin at No. 5 singles. Alba Berdala was also a straight set winner, topping Tatiana Ganzha 6-2, 7-5.
With a 3-2 IU edge on team scoreboard, the first and sixth singles matches each went into a third set. Sopel wasted little time grasping the clinching fourth team point, blanking Dushkina 6-0 in the final set. At first singles, Michelle Sammons was able to sneak by Katya Zapadalova in their third set to create the 4-3 final tally.
"Myriam (Sopel) did a great job in singles of splitting sets and winning the match for us 6-0 in the third," said Loring. "It's the first time she has had the match on her shoulders and she did a great job,"
No. 1- Sammons/Wooten (PU) def. Berdala/Zapadalova (IU) 8-5
No. 2- Fischer/Martin (IU) def. Ganzha/Martin (PU) 8-3
No. 3- Sopel/Stuckey (IU) def. Dushkina/Rabot (PU) 8-5
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