No. 25 Hoosiers Fall to No. 26 Michigan at Big Ten Championships, 4-2
April 28, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The Indiana women's tennis team was eliminated from the Big Ten Championships on Saturday, April 28, with a 4-2 loss to Michigan.
"It was a great college match," head coach Lin Loring said. "This is the first close match that we haven't won this season. We played really well in singles today. Both teams played hard. The good thing is that we still finished second in the Big Ten and we will still be a No. 2 seed at an NCAA regional, we just won't get another shot at Northwestern."
The second-seeded Hoosiers (20-6) went down 2-0, dropping the doubles point and the No. 2 singles match to the No. 3 seed Michigan, before Cecile Perton and Lindsey Stuckey won at No. 5 and No. 6 singles, respectively, to tie the match, 2-2. Perton defeated Elizabeth Exon, 6-1, 6-3, while Stuckey downed Allie Shafner, 6-2, 6-3.
No. 3 singles and No. 4 singles were both decided in three sets to determine the match. Brianna Williams won a close first set at No. 4, 7-6 (3), before falling in the final two, 6-2, 6-2, to Tania Mahtani. Sigrid Fischer bounced back from a first-set loss at No. 3, 6-3, to win the second set, 6-2. She fell to Kara Delicata, 6-3, in the third set.
At No. 1 singles, Alba Berdala won a tough first set over No. 88 Chisako Sugiyama, 7-6 (5). Her match remained unfinished after the match was decided.
Indiana will await the announcement on their seeding for the NCAA Tournament. The announcement will be made live on ESPNews on Tuesday, May 1, between 2:30 and 3 p.m. EST. First round action begins on Friday, May 11.
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