#1 Northwestern Tops #30 Indiana in Second Round of NCAAs
May 10, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. - #30 Indiana women's tennis season came to a close on Saturday following a loss to #1 Northwestern in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers finish with an overall record of 21-8.
"I was extremely pleased with our play today," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "I thought we played much better than we did yesterday. We had some very competitive sets today. Even where some of the scores may not indicate it, they were very close. Considering they are the number one team in the nation, I was very happy with the level of play today. Played much better today, especially in the doubles, than we did in the first round."
Several Hoosiers were in tight battles versus their Northwestern counterparts, but could not finish once play was halted at 4-0. The third doubles team of Sigrid Fischer and Myriam Sopel were "on serve" at 5-6 when their match was stopped.
Brianna Williams and Katya Zapadalova, IU's top doubles tandem, did not let an early deficit get them down, winning three consecutive games over #19 Lauren Lui and Georgia Rose before eventually falling 8-3. The Wildcats were also able to take the No. 2 doubles match by the same score, 8-3, to take the doubles point.
Charlotte Martin and Lindsey Stuckey were also neck-and-neck in their singles matches when play was stopped. Each forced a tiebreaker in their opening sets, and Stuckey jumped ahead 1-0 in her second set. Unfortunately, they did not finish as Northwestern captured the first, fourth and sixth singles contests for the 4-0 victory.
"Looking back, we had a great season," said Loring. "With the exception of Michigan, who was number 22, our only losses were to teams ranked in the top-20 when we played them.
"Four of our eight scholarship players were freshmen, so many people thought this would be a rebuilding year, but it was much more than that. Losing only one senior we are certainly positioned to have another good season in `09."
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