No. 38 Indiana Comes Up Short to No. 15 Northwestern in B1G Tournament
April 26, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 38 ranked and sixth-seeded Indiana women's tennis team fell short to third-seeded and 15th ranked Northwestern in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament on Friday afternoon, 4-0.
Getting the doubles point was definitely earned in this match. Indiana's (18-9, 6-5) Leslie Hureau and Carolyn Chupa cruised in the No. 1 match as they defeated the 14th-ranked duo in the country in NU's (16-8, 9-2) Linda Abu Mushrefova and Nida Hamilton, 8-4. The Wildcats then evened things as Northwestern's Veronica Corning and Alicia Barnett took down IU's Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy, 8-3.
In the deciding doubles match at No. 3, Indiana's Sophie Garre and Katie Klyczek fell behind 6-3 to NU's Belinda Niu and Kate Turvy. The IU tandem then clawed their way back into the match by winning the next three games to even the score at 6-6. Northwestern then closed the door by taking the next two games to earn an 8-6 win and the victory gave the Wildcats the doubles point.
That point would end up playing a major role in the outcome. Northwestern's Kate Turvy, ranked 51st nationally, topped No. 103 Klyczek of IU in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, in the No. 2 match. Mushrefova followed suit for the Wildcats with a victory at No. 4 over Indiana's Kauss, 6-0, 3-6, 6-3.
Northwestern would then clinch the match in the No. 6 position as it took a third set for Hamilton to defeat IU's Jithmie Jayawickrema, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0. All the remaining matches on the court were very competitive as the match was abandoned.
"I was really proud of our team today," head coach Lin Loring said. "We fought on every court. The doubles came down to one break in the deciding match and four of the singles went to three sets. It was a four hour battle and three courts were still going strong. We are optimistic about the NCAA selections on Tuesday and our ability to win some rounds."
Indiana will now wait for the NCAA Tournament selection show to see if its season will continue. The selections will be streamed live at NCAA.com on Tuesday, April 30, at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Order of Completion: Doubles (1, 2, 3); Singles (2, 4, 6)
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