Michigan Knocks Out Hoosiers, 4-2
April 26, 2008
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indian University women's tennis team won two of three doubles matches and a singles showdown versus #21 Michigan in the Big Ten Tournament semifinals before falling 4-2 to the Wolverines.
"I was really proud of our team today, it was a great college match," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "Last week at Michigan we embarrassed ourselves. This week was a totally different story. We were down 7-4 and 4-1 at first and second doubles, and came back to win both for the doubles point. In singles we won three of the first six sets. So it was a really competitive match that could have gone either way. This should give us confidence going into the NCAA regionals."
Things did not look good for the Cream and Crimson earlier on when Michigan captured an 8-1 win in the third doubles match. Indiana's No. 1 and No. 2 doubles tandems responded, however, each grabbing victories to earn the team doubles point. Alba Berdala and Lindsey Stuckey evened the doubles tally at one match apiece with their 8-5 besting of Whitney Taney and Allie Shafner. The doubles point then came down to a tiebreaker in the top doubles match as Brianna Williams and Katya Zapadalova dominated a 7-1 tiebreaker to put the Hoosiers ahead 1-0 in the team score, defeating the 44th-ranked double duo in the country.
Michigan surged ahead 2-1 by taking the first two singles matches, but IU's Williams won her team-high 32nd singles match of the year to even the team score at 2-2. Indiana won two more sets on the day before eventually dropping a 4-2 decision to the Wolverines.
The Hoosiers now await the NCAA Selection Show, scheduled for Tuesday, April 29 at 2:00-2:30 p.m. on ESPNEWS.
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