Hoosiers Make It Three in a Row, Topping Minnesota
April 10, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - IU Women's Tennis picked up their third consecutive win, notching a 4-3 victory on the road over No. 60 Minnesota (10-9, 3-3). The No. 34 Hoosiers improved to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in conference play with the win.
"Anytime you can beat a ranked team on the road, it is a great win for your program," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "This should really help us in the rankings. Hopefully this will give us some confidence going into the Iowa match (Sunday at noon EST) because we are definitely the underdogs in that one."
It was a split decision in doubles action with the Golden Gophers taking two of three and a 1-0 lead on the team scoreboard. Indiana's Charlotte Martin and Katya Zapadalova teamed up for the second match in a row, and earned the `W' just as they had against Purdue. In Minneapolis, the Hoosier duo defeated Doron Muravnik and Mariana Spilca, 8-4.
Indiana's deficit did not last long, however, as Leslie Hureau stormed to a 6-1, 6-1 winner over Tijana Koprivica at No. 2 singles to quickly tie the team score at 1-1. It marks Hureau's third consecutive singles win and improves her record at second singles to 6-2.
The pendulum continued to swing with Minnesota regaining the lead momentarily with a win at No. 1 singles before Katya Zapadalova made things all square once again by posting a straight-sets win over Alex Palen (6-4, 6-3).
Indiana then kept it coming with match-sealing wins at No. 5 and No. 6 singles. Senior captain Lindsey Stuckey was first to complete her match. Trailing 4-1 in the second set, the Greensboro, N.C., native ripped off five straight games to take the set 6-4 and give her Hoosiers a 3-2 lead.
"Lindsey won the deciding match the last time we played a dual match in Minnesota," said Coach Loring. "It was her freshman year and she played on the exact same court. Today, she was down 4-1 in the second set and won 5 straight games. She gave us some great senior leadership today."
Charlotte Martin was right behind Stuckey, gathering the decisive fourth team point. She was also a straight-sets victor, topping Magalena Wiecha 7-5, 6-3.
"We started extremely slow in the doubles and were never able to recove," said Coach Loring. "I was really proud of the team the way we came back and really competed at every singles position. Even the two matches we lost we could have easily gotten into three sets."
Hureau, Stuckey and Evgeniya Vertesheva now each have 22 singles wins of the year, tying for the team lead.
#34 Indiana 4, #60 Minnesota 3
1. Alessandra Ferrazzi (MINN) def. Evgeniya Vertesheva (IU) 6-3, 7-5
2. Leslie Hureau (IU) def. Tijana Koprivica (MINN) 6-1, 6-1
3. Katya Zapadalova (IU) def. Alexa Palen (MINN) 6-4, 6-3
4. Jackie Sperling (MINN) def. Myriam Sopel (IU) 7-5, 7-6 (7-5)
5. Lindsey Stuckey (IU) def. Doron Muravnik (MINN) 7-5, 6-4
6. Charlotte Martin (IU) def. Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) 7-5, 6-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (2,1,3,6,5,4)
Indiana's next stop is Iowa City, Iowa for a match with the No. 22 Hawkeyes (13-3, 3-2). That match is scheduled for a Noon EST start and live match updates will be provided by Hawkeyesports.com.
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