#32 Ohio State Sneaks by #38 Hoosiers, 4-3, On Senior Day
April 18, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 38 Indiana University women's tennis team (14-7, 4-4) fell just short of upsetting No. 32 Ohio State (17-7, 4-4) on Senior Day. The Buckeyes pulled out a tight 4-3 win.
With great weather, the Hoosiers got off to a fast start quickly securing the doubles point with victories in both the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles pairs. The first doubles team of Lindsey Stuckey and Evgeniya Vertesheva, ranked 68th nationally, posted a strong 8-6 win over Kelsey Haviland and Cami Hubbs for the Buckeyes. The No. 3 pair of Charlotte Martin and Katya Zapadalova fought back from an early deficit to secure an 8-5 victory over the Ohio State doubles team of Fidan Manashirova and Gabby Steele.
Indiana's fast start continued in singles play with the Hoosiers leading five of the six matches after three games in the first set. Freshman Leslie Hureau cruised through her first set with an impressive 6-0 performance over No. 69 Kirsten Flower. Playing No. 5 singles, senior captain Lindsey Stuckey started well with a 6-2 first set win over Christina Keesey. Sophomore Evgeniya Vertesheva rounded out the strong start for the Hoosiers, finishing with a 6-1 first-set victory.
After the Hoosiers hot start, the Buckeyes picked up some momentum and began to fight back. Ohio State secured singles victories in No. 3, 4, and 6 singles putting them up 3-1 on team points. Indiana then rallied with two impressive victories, including a two-set winner for Stuckey (6-2, 6-3) and a three-set battle for Vertesheva (6-1, 3-6, 6-0), putting the Hoosiers all square with OSU at 3-3.
The match came down to the No. 1 singles matchup between Hureau and No. 69 Flower. After a first set shutout by Indiana, Ohio State fought back with a 6-4 victory in the second set. The third set turned out to be a barnburner. With the combatants knotted up at 5-5, Flower secured a break point and was able to beat the freshman 7-5. The hard fought battle gave Ohio State the pivotal singles point to secure a final score victory of 4-3.
Both seniors, Stuckey and Maria Guerreiro, were honored along with athletic support staff in a short ceremony capping off a great home season.
The Hoosiers 2009-2010 home season has finished, but IU continues on as they travel to Michigan State next Saturday, April 24 to take on the Spartans at 11:00 a.m. ET in another Big Ten matchup. Indiana will then concluded the regular season on Sunday (Apr. 25) at Michigan, also starting at 11 a.m.
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