Hoosiers Win on Senior Day over Penn State, 6-1
April 24, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana sent its seniors out with a win over Penn State on Sunday afternoon, 6-1. The Hoosiers picked up the doubles point at the start and never looked back to take some momentum into this week's Big Ten Championship.
"It was a great college match today, extremely exciting for the fans," Head Coach Lin Loring said. "It is especially nice to win a close match on Senior Day. The doubles was extremely close with a lot of momentum changes. I have to give credit to Diana and Sophie who normally do not play together at No. 3 doubles. They did a great job of winning that match and putting the pressure on Penn State's top two teams."
Freshmen Sophie Garre and Diana Kyllmann began the day on a high note for the Hoosiers picking up the first doubles win playing in the No. 3 position, 8-4. Kayla Fujimoto and Evgeniya Vertesheva followed suit with an exciting 9-7 triumph in the No. 2 match to clinch the doubles point. In the No. 1 matchup, Leslie Hureau and Myriam Sopel had to fight to the end to take the match after a tiebreaker, 9-8.
In singles, No. 115 Vertesheva earned IU's second point of the day winning the first set of her match, 6-2, then while leading 3-0 in the second set, PSU retired the match. It gives Vertesheva her sixth-consecutive win in singles play as she wraps up her Big Ten season at 8-2, all while playing in the No. 2 position.
The remainder of the dual would see some exciting tennis as four of the singles matches went on to a third set. Penn State got on the board as Carmen Sandor outlasted Indiana's Fujimoto at No. 4, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2. Charlotte Martin dropped her first set at No. 3, but rebounded to give IU its third point of the day, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The Indiana win was clinched in a thrilling second set tiebreaker victory by Sopel at No. 5, 6-3, 7-6 (9-7). Garre then earned a singles win in the No. 6 match after falling behind early, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3. And to close the day, Hureau was staring at a 4-2 deficit in the third set of the No. 1 bout, but roared back winning the next four games to take the match, 6-1, 3-6, 6-4.
"I was really pleased the way we battled back in singles at the three positions where we lost the first set," Loring said. "All three girls took it to three sets and we won two of those. It was absolutely huge that we gave them no easy points. Leslie finished 5-5 in the conference, with all her matches played at No. 1. Evgeniya finished 8-2 with all her matches at No. 2. They both had great seasons and will both be back to lead us next year."
The Hoosiers will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to take part in the Big Ten Women's Tennis Championship which begins on Thursday.
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