Hoosiers Top Badgers, Advance in Big Ten Tournament
April 26, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A rain delay did not cool off No. 53 Indiana as it topped Wisconsin in the opening round of the Big Ten Women's Tennis Tournament on Thursday, 4-0. The seventh-seeded Hoosiers advance to take on second-seeded Michigan on Friday.
Indiana fell to Wisconsin two weeks ago, but came out strong on Thursday. IU's Shannon Murdy and Evgeniya Vertesheva got things started on the right foot as they topped Angela Chupa and Sarah Loebel of Wisconsin in the No. 3 match, 8-1. In the No. 1 match, Leslie Hureau and Sophie Garre clinched the doubles point for the Hoosiers with an 8-6 victory.
In singles play, Hureau rode her doubles momentum to take the No. 1 match in dominating fashion. She did not relinquish a game to UW's Alaina Trgovich to win in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. IU freshman Alecia Kauss followed with a consecutive set triumph of her own at the No. 5 position, 6-4, 6-2. Katie Klyzcek then polished off the Indiana win with a 6-1, 7-5 victory at No. 3 over Wisconsin's Loebel, 6-1, 7-5. The remaining matches went unfinished.
"Every loss we have had this year was to a top 35 team with exception of Wisconsin. I know the team felt we had something to prove," head coach Lin Loring said. "Playing on a neutral court helped and our doubles teams played great. Then the first three girls played some of the best tennis of the year. It was great team performance. We play another top 20 team in Michigan tomorrow. They are really good. We will have to play a perfect match. For now we are really going to enjoy this victory."
Indiana and Michigan will square off on Friday afternoon at 2 p.m. ET in the quarterfinals.
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (1,5,3)
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