Another 4-3 Win for the Hoosiers
April 13, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #29 Indiana University women's tennis team tallied their second 4-3 win of the weekend and fourth in the conference slate on Sunday. Indiana took the doubles point and three singles matches to defeat the arch-rival Boilermakers of Purdue on Senior Day.
"Both matches this weekend were ones we needed to win," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "We locked up a bye in the Big Ten tournament and will finish no less than third place."
Freshman Myriam Sopel continued her doubles dominance, teaming up with Sigrid Fischer to earn her 18th victory in her last 19 matches. The Hoosier tandem crushed Alejandra Boeker and Whitney Reys by a score of 8-1. The No. 1 doubles match was the next to conclude, also going in favor of the Hoosiers when Brianna Williams and Katya Zapadalova posted an 8-5 triumph to seal the team doubles point. The final doubles contest was won by Purdue.
Zapadalova then rode the momentum into her singles match, winning it quickly, 6-3, 6-1. Williams and Lindsey Stuckey also earned straight-set wins to put IU up 4-0 and guaranteeing the team victory. Williams, the lone senior, walked off the court for the last time to a standing ovation from the Hoosier faithful in attendance.
"Brianna has been a model student-athlete," said Loring. "She has been an outstanding student, an outstanding athlete and this year as our team captain she has been an outstanding leader. She always has a smile on her face, gives 100-percent everyday and makes those around her better. She has made a lasting impression on our program and we will miss her next year."
Stuckey posted scores of 6-2 and 7-5. Purdue tightened the score in the end, however, taking the remaining three singles matches for a 4-3 final.
"This weekend wasn't pretty, but they are both good wins," said Loring. "It's always nice knowing you already have a bye when playing your final week."
No. 1- Brooke Beier (PU) def. Alba Berdala (IU), 7-5, 7-5
No. 2- Katya Zapadalova (IU) def. Stephanie Wooten (PU), 6-3, 6-1
No. 3- Cigdem Duru (PU) def. Charlotte Martin (IU), 6-4, 6-2
No. 4- Joanna Craven (PU) def. Sigrid Fischer (IU), 2-6, 7-5, 1-0
No. 5- Lindsey Stuckey (IU) def. Anna Dzeva (PU), 6-2, 7-5
No. 6- Brianna Williams (IU) def. Alejandra Boeker (PU), 6-3, 6-2
Order of finish: (2, 6, 5, 3, 4, 1)
It was an IU Tennis AT&T Crimson and Gold Cup sweep, as the men also defeated Purdue over the weekend. The two wins pushed Indiana ahead in the current standings.
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