No. 12 Northwestern Too Much for No. 47 Hoosiers on Senior Day
April 22, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 47 Indiana (15-10, 4-7) women's tennis team fell at home to No. 12 Northwestern (17-7, 10-1) on Sunday afternoon, 7-0. The Wildcats clinched the 2012 Big Ten title with the win over the Hoosiers.
In doubles, Northwestern took the early advantage with a win in the No. 2 match. The remaining two matches were very competitive to decide who would take the doubles point. At No. 1, IU's Sophie Garre and Leslie Hureau found themselves in a battle with NU's Natalie Edell and Brittany Wowchuk as the score read 6-6 late in the match. But the Northwestern combo went on to win two consecutive games to take the match and the doubles point for the Wildcats. Indiana's No. 3 doubles duo of Shannon Murdy and Evgeniya Vertesheva then went on to earn a victory over Belinda Niu and Kate Turvy, 8-5.
To begin singles, Northwestern won in straight sets in the No. 4, No. 3 and No. 1 matches to clinch the match for the visiting team. IU's Murdy went the distance at No. 6 before falling to Nida Hamilton, 6-4, 5-7, 6-1. Indiana's lone senior Vertesheva played well in the No. 2 position, but couldn't hold on as NU's Niu took the win, 6-2, 7-5. Hoosier freshman Alecia Kauss had a strong outing against Linda Abu Mushrefova in the No. 5 match, but fell just short in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
"Again, we played a top 20 team close. We tried all new doubles teams today and the doubles point was close," head coach Lin Loring said. "We had four singles matches that either split sets or could have split sets. The score is a little deceiving because the match took over four hours. Matter of fact, every one of our losses in the conference this year but one has been a four hour match. I really feel like we have competed well and really only played one bad match all year."
Indiana will now head to Columbus, Ohio to play in the 2012 Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament. The Hoosiers will be the No. 7 seed and will take on 10th-seeded Wisconsin on Thursday, April 26, at 2 p.m. ET.
No. 12 Northwestern 7, Indiana 0
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (4,3,1,6,2,5)
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