Hoosier Fall in Another 4-3 Heartbreaker at Illinois
April 3, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Indiana women's tennis team ended its five-game Big Ten road swing with another tough loss at Illinois on Sunday afternoon, 4-3. The Hoosiers (10-8, 0-5) dropped the doubles point to the Illini (6-8, 3-1) to begin the match and from there could not recover in another heartbreaking loss. It was IU's fourth 4-3 defeat in its last five matches and the third-consecutive match that ended with that final tally.
"We are literally a handful of points from starting the season 4-1 in our five road matches," Head Coach Lin Loring said. "I've said all season that the home courts in tennis are worth one point a match. I honestly feel if had played these at home, we would be 4-1 right now. There is no doubt in my mind."
Kayla Fujimoto and Evgeniya Vertesha teamed to win its No. 2 doubles match to start the day, but Illinois would go on to earn the doubles point with wins in the No. 1 and No. 3 matches.
In singles, the Illini took a 2-0 lead after Allison Falkin's win over IU's Myriam Sopel in the No. 5 match. At that point, the Hoosiers tried to roar back winning three matches in a row beginning with Vertesheva in straight sets playing No. 2, 6-2, 6-2. Fujimoto followed with a victory in the No. 4 match as Charlotte Martin won in the No. 3 position.
Indiana led 3-2 at that point, but the Illini stole momentum right back as Indiana's Sophie Garre fell just short in three sets in the No. 6 match to Misia Kedzierski. Amy Allin clinched the win for the home team as she defeated Leslie Hureau in a very close No. 1 match that went the distance, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4.
"I was really proud of the team today, Illinois is a very tough place to play," Loring said. "The team is hurting right now. It would be different if we were being blown away. This is the fourth match we put ourselves in position to win and couldn't do it."
The Hoosiers will return home for their first match in Bloomington in over five weeks. Indiana will welcome Wisconsin on Saturday, April 9, and Minnesota on Sunday, April 10. Both matches will begin at 11 a.m. at the IU Tennis Complex.
Order of finish: Doubles (2, 1, 3), Singles (5, 2, 4, 3, 6, 1)
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