Hoosiers Swing Past Purdue, 6-1
April 3, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 44 Indiana University women's tennis team (12-5) beat the Boilermakers of Purdue, 6-1, Saturday afternoon in Bloomington; handing No. 42 Purdue just their second loss of the season (13-2).
After guiding his Hoosiers to the doubles point and winning five of six singles matches on Saturday, Head Coach Lin Loring improved his career record against the arch-rival Boilermakers to 42-1 over the past 33 years.
"This was a great win for our program," said Loring. "We are slowly starting to get healthy and this will gives us the confidence we need. I put this up there with our wins over #10 Tennessee and Kentucky earlier in the season before the injuries hit us."
Combined with a 7-0 victory by the IU men's tennis team in West Lafayette on Friday, the Hoosier tennis programs have turned a one-point deficit in the Crimson and Gold Standings into a one-point advantage for IU. Indiana now leads 7.5 to 6.5 with six points remaining in the 2009-10 season.
Coach Loring unveiled new doubles pairings for the Big Ten contest, and it paid off as the Hoosier won two of three to grab the early 1-0 lead on the team scoreboard. Purdue's only other doubles point defeat this season was against No. 1 Northwestern.
"Purdue was 13-1 and their only loss was to Northwestern, who was #1 nationally at the time," said Loring. "Winning the doubles point was huge for us. It put Purdue in unfamiliar territory, going into singles needing to win four matches."
Myriam Sopel and Evgeniya Vertesheva got the ball rolling with their 8-3 win at third doubles. The pressure was then placed solely on No. 2 doubles following a Purdue triumph in the top slot. Charlotte Martin and Katya Zapadalova got the job done though, defeating Anna Dushkina and Gisella Pere by an 8-5 tally.
Indiana continued to surge in the early goings of singles play, winning four of six first sets. The momentum then shifted in favor of Purdue, however, putting a scare into the Hoosier faithful gathered inside the IU Tennis Center. The Boilermakers forced four matches to go three sets, but only came away with one `W' in the end.
Arguably the most impressive performance on the singles courts came from Vertesheva at No. 2 singles. The sophomore from Perm, Russia was facing #110 Jennifer Rabot and her 14-0 spring season record. Not only did Vertesheva ruin Rabot's flawless record, she did so quickly in a 6-4, 6-2 winner that saw her become the first Hoosier to exit the court.
"Geniya had a great win at #2 singles," said Loring. "Purdue has counted on the doubles point and the point at #2 singles, and we won them both. That is what really allowed us to win this match."
Sopel was also a straight-set winner for IU, topping her opponent 6-1, 6-4 at No. 4 singles. Lefty Charlotte Martin was the next to conclude her match. Her 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 triumph gave Indiana a fourth team point and clinched the Hoosier win.
The Hoosiers hit the road next weekend for a pair of conference matches. First up is a Friday (April 9) contest at Minnesota before heading to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes early Sunday afternoon.
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