Indiana Defeats Penn State, 6-1
April 21, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's tennis team defeated Penn State, 6-1, on Saturday, April 21, at the Varsity Tennis Courts. The victory sets up a showdown with Michigan on Sunday, April 22, for second place in the Big Ten.
The Hoosiers played their first home outdoor match of the spring against the Nittany Lions, beginning the day by winning the doubles point. At No. 2, Cecile Perton and Sigrid Fischer defeated Lauren McCarthy and Lauren Holzberg, 8-4, while Brianna Williams and Erin Clark downed Andreea Niculescu and Dorthy Dohanics, 8-0, at No. 3.
Indiana won five of the six singles matches to take the win. At No. 1, Alba Berdala took Niculescu to three sets, 6-1, 4-6, 6-2. Laura McGaffigan downed Sasha Abraham at No. 2, 7-5, 7-5, while Williams defeated Holzberg, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 4.
Perton and Lindsey Stuckey rounded out the points for the Hoosiers. Perton won at No. 5, 6-1, 6-1, over Dohanics, and Stuckey had a close victory over McCarthy, 7-6 (12-10), 6-3, at No. 6.
"This match was much closer than the score indicates," head coach Lin Loring said. "Laura and Lindsey each winning their first two sets was crucial. That put us up 5-1 in singles after the first sets. I think we played very well as a team today."
The 27th-ranked Hoosiers (18-5, 8-1 Big Ten) have one final match remaining, against Big Ten rival Michigan. The Wolverines, ranked 25th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll, are also 8-1 in the Big Ten. The two teams are tied for second in the conference (each team has lost to first-place Northwestern) and the game will determine seeding for the Big Ten Championships.
"We were probably picked to be 5-5 at best in the Big Ten, and to be 8-1, I'm extremely pleased," Loring said. "We have not had one bad loss this season."
Action on Sunday begins at 10 a.m. on the Varsity Tennis Courts.
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