No. 27 Hoosiers Down No. 25 Michigan, 5-2, Finish Second in Big Ten
April 22, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 27 Indiana women's tennis team clinched a second-place finish in the Big Ten with a 5-2 victory over No. 25 Michigan in the Hoosiers final match of the season on Sunday, April 22.
"It's a great way to end a wonderful season," head coach Lin Loring said. "We've had a lot of teams that have overachieved at IU, but this team might take the cake. Although we've beaten top-10 teams before, to beat this Michigan team this year is just amazing. Their No. 3 and No. 5 players were playing at No. 1 and No. 2 for them last year, and we beat both of them today. It's as satisfying a win as we have maybe ever had here. I couldn't be happier for the team."
Indiana (19-5, 9-1 Big Ten) won a close doubles point to start the day. Brianna Williams and Erin Clark won the first match at No. 3, defeating Allie Shafner and Lindsey Howard, 8-5. No. 55 Laura McGaffigan and Alba Berdala clinched the point at No. 1, defeating Chisako Sugiyama and Jenny Kuehn, 8-6. The match was tied 6-6 before McGaffigan and Berdala pulled away in the final two games.
Winning the doubles point gave Indiana the momentum it needed in singles, as the Hoosiers would sweep No. 4 through No. 6 for the match win. Sigrid Fischer finished first at No. 3, defeating Kara Delicata, 6-4, 6-1. Williams downed Tania Mahtani, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 4, and Cecile Perton clinched the match victory at No. 5, defeating Elizabeth Exton, 6-4, 6-3.
Lindsey Stuckey also won in three sets at No. 6, bouncing back from a first set loss to defeat Tanvi Dudhela, 6-7 (6), 6-4, 1-0 (4).
The Hoosiers next travel to the Big Ten Championships, April 26-29, held on the campus of Minnesota. Indiana, the No. 2 seed, will face the winner of seventh-seeded Minnesota and 10th-seeded Illinois on Friday, April 27, at 2 p.m. CT.
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