Women's Tennis Falls in NCAA Second Round to No. 5 Northwestern
May 12, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. - Senior Laura McGaffigan scored an upset win over No. 43 Samantha Murray in singles play, but it was the only victory Indiana would get as the Hoosiers fell to No. 5 Northwestern, 4-1, in the second round of the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships on Saturday, May 12, to bring the season to a close.
With the 24th-ranked Hoosiers trailing 2-0, McGaffigan knocked off her second ranked opponent of the season, taking a 6-3, 6-3 win over Murray at No. 2 singles to end her career on a high note. McGaffigan also beat then-No. 60 Joelle Schwenk of Kentucky on Feb. 18.
The Wildcats (23-4), who were serving as regional hosts, got on the board first by taking the doubles point. Alexis Conill and Murray teamed at No. 3 to top Indiana junior Brianna Williams and freshman Erin Clark, 8-4. Northwestern clinched the point at No. 1, where ninth-ranked Georgia Rose and Alexis Prousis downed sophomore Alba Berdala and McGaffigan, 8-4, to exact revenge for a loss to the Hoosier duo during the regular season.
In singles play, Prousis but the Wildcats up 2-0 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Fischer at No. 3. McGaffigan followed with her win over Murray to draw IU within a point, but the Big Ten champions were not to be denied, picking up wins at No. 6 and No. 4 to clinch the win.
At No. 6, Nazlie Ghazal defeated Indiana freshman Lindsey Stuckey 6-0, 6-3 to give Northwestern a commanding 3-1 lead. Lui, the 119th-ranked singles player in the nation, topped Williams at No. 4, 6-2, 6-2, to lock up the win.
Northwestern's clincher at No. 4 prevented Berdala from pulling off Indiana's biggest upset of the year. Berdala had Rose, the 13th-ranked singles player in the nation, on the ropes at No. 1, as she led 6-2, 3-3 when the match went final.
Robison led Perton 6-3, 3-3 at No. 5 when play was abandoned.
"We played really well for the first half hour of doubles before they turned it up a notch and we just couldn't stay with them," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "We competed hard in singles, we just couldn't pull it out. We played very well at the top of the lineup. That was a great win for Laura and Alba played a girl who almost always wins in straight sets."
Indiana wrapped up its season with a 21-7 overall record and a 9-1 mark in the Big Ten, and knocked off nine ranked teams on the season. The Hoosiers' 21 wins were their most since the 1995 season, when IU went 24-7. Indiana also advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships for the first time since 1998.
"I am extremely happy with the way we finished the season," Loring said. "I am pleased that we made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with this team. Half our losses were to teams in the top 10 and the other half were to teams in the top 25. I am happy with what we got out of our team this year."
#5 Northwestern 4, #24 Indiana 1
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