Michigan Downs Hoosiers, 5-2
April 18, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #43 Indiana University women's tennis team (13-9, 5-4) fell to the #18 Michigan Wolverines (14-5, 8-1) Saturday afternoon by a 5-2 tally. Lindsey Stuckey and Myriam Sopel each won their singles matches for the Hoosiers.
"Michigan is top-20 in the nation but we definitely pushed them to the limit," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "This easily could have been a 4-3 win or 4-3 loss. We were winning both the second and third doubles late in the match and we were a tiebreaker away from winning three singles matches."
As Coach Loring mentioned, Indiana was leading two of three doubles matches in the late goings. Stuckey and Sopel jumped out to a 4-1 lead at No. 3 doubles. Later in the set, the IU tandem was able to garner a pair of match-point opportunities. Meanwhile, Indiana's second doubles team of Sigrid Fisher and Charlotte Martin took a 6-5 lead with the serve in their contest. But in the end, all three Michigan doubles teams found a way to win, sweeping the doubles action and earning the first team point.
In singles play, Sopel won for the fifth time in her last six matches with her lone loss coming last weekend in a third-set tiebreaker. On Saturday, the Longnes, France, native knocked off Michigan's Michelle Sulahian in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2.
Stuckey was also in the win column, out-lasting her opponent in a third-set tiebreaker. Stuckey rebounded from a 6-1 opening-set defeat to force a third set with her 7-5 tiebreaker victory in the second stanza. She then went onto seize an 11-9 triumph in the final set tiebreaker. Stuckey is now 7-2 in Big Ten singles and has gone 7-3 in her last 10 overall.
Sophomore and No. 1 singles player, Katya Zapadalova, controlled the tempo in her opening-set against #59 Chisako Sugiyama. Zapadalova notched a 6-2 set win over the nationally-ranked opponent. Sugiyama then evened things up at a set apiece following a 6-3 second set. After Zapadalova captured the first two points of the third-set tiebreaker, Sugiyama ripped off 10 straight to earn the win.
"I'm hoping this match will give us confidence for tomorrow and for the Big Ten Tournament," said Loring.
No. 1- Mahtani/Sugiyama (MICH) def. Guerreiro/Zapadalova (IU) 8-2
No. 2- Taney/Tatsuno (MICH) def. Fischer/Martin (IU) 9-7
No. 3- Howard/Muresan (MICH) def. Sopel/Stuckey (IU) 9-7
Order of Finish: (1, 2, 3)
Indiana hosts their final match of the season on Sunday. Fans are encouraged to come out and celebrate Senior Day with the team. The match against Michigan State is scheduled for an 11 a.m. start as seniors Alba Berdala, Sigrid Fischer and Stephanie Heller player their final match in front of the Hoosier faithful.
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