Indiana Comes Up Short Against Northwestern, 5-2
April 8, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite winning the doubles point behind Laura McGaffigan and Alba Berdala's upset victory at No. 1 doubles, the No. 34 Indiana women's tennis team received its first loss in Big Ten play against No. 11 Northwestern, 5-2.
McGaffigan and Berdala upset the 13th-ranked duo of Georgia Rose and Alexis Prousis, 8-4, at No. 1 doubles. It is the first Big Ten loss for Rose and Prousis this year.
Also winning was Brianna Williams and Erin Clark at No. 3, 8-4, against Alexis Conill and Samantha Murray. At No. 2 doubles, Sigrid Fischer and Cecile Perton put up a fight against Lauren Lui and Keri Robison, before falling in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (5).
In singles, Fischer defeated Prousis, 6-1, 6-0, at No. 3.
At No. 2 singles, McGaffigan fought hard against No. 29 Samantha Murray. After dropping the first set 7-5, she came back to take the second set, 4-6. Although McGaffigan held as much as a two-point edge in the third set, Murray took the match with a 1-0 (9) advantage. Williams also played well at No. 4 against No. 113 Lauren Lui, falling 6-2, 6-3.
"Our number one doubles has been close to a number of big wins all year, and this is the first time they've been able to finish it off," head coach Lin Loring said. "This is a great win for them. Northwestern is known for having good doubles teams. As a team, this is probably the best doubles we've played all year. We had a couple of close singles matches, Laura was two points from winning, she played really great tennis the whole weekend. It was a great win for Sigrid, her opponent has been an NCAA singles qualifier and the NCAA doubles champion. All in all, some good things happened this weekend. Even though we lost these last two matches, this should give us confidence going into the last weekend of the season.
Indiana (15-5, 5-1 Big Ten) returns to action on Saturday, April 14, against Illinois. Action begins at 11 a.m. EST.
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