Indiana Toughs It Out, Toppling Penn State 5-2
April 18, 2008
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Hoosier women's tennis team improved to 19-5 overall and 8-1 in the conference with a 5-2 victory at Penn State on Friday under sunny skies and temperatures in the low-80s.
"It was 82 and sunny here today," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "It was our first match in some real heat, it drained us, but we found a way to win."
Indiana swept all three doubles contests to earn the team doubles point. In the top spot, Williams and Katya Zapadalova posted an 8-4 win over Sarah Lotto and Jenny Shular. Alba Berdala and Lindsey Stuckey also recorded an 8-4 "W" while Indiana's third doubles team of Sigrid Fischer and Myriam Sopel were triumphant by a score of 8-5.
"We did a great job in doubles of getting up early and staying up," said Coach Loring. "Then it was just a matter of survival in the singles. We had some ladies under the weather coming into the match and the heat didn't help. We battled out there today though."
The Cream and Crimson won four of the six singles matches, two in straight sets and two in three-set battles. Fischer had the most dominating performance for IU, cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 at No. 4. Freshman Charlotte Martin was a straight-set winner as well, taking out Lauren Holzberg 6-4, 6-3 for her sixth singles win in the Big Ten.
Indiana's final two points came from the first and sixth singles matches. Berdala and Sopel each split their first two sets before capturing 6-2 third-set winners. Those wins capped off IU's ninth eight Big Ten victory of the year.
No. 1- Alba Berdala (IU) def. Katelyn BeVard (PSU), 6-3, 6-7(1), 6-2
No. 2- Jenny Shular (PSU) def. Katya Zapadalova (IU), 6-4, 6-1
No. 3- Charlotte Martin (IU) def. Lauren Holzberg (PSU), 6-4, 6-3
No. 4- Sigrid Fischer (IU) def. Dorothy Dohanics (PSU), 6-2, 6-0
No. 5- Lauren McCarthy (PSU) def. Lindsey Stuckey (IU), 6-1, 6-0
No. 6- Myriam Sopel (IU) def. Denisa Zobeideh (PSU), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
Next up for Indiana is the regular season finale at Michigan on Sunday. Live match updates and video will be available for the match by visiting www.mgoblue.com
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