Hoosiers Reach Backdraw Finals on Day 2 of Deacon Classic
Sept. 23, 2006
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Several Indiana women's tennis players continued to play strong at the Deacon Classic, hosted by Wake Forest University, as four players reached the backdraw finals.
In flight "A" singles, senior Laura McGaffigan started the day with a 6-1, 7-6 loss to Ana Spivakovsky of Charlotte. She rebounded to overcome Olya Batsula of East Tennessee State and will play Syracuse's Olga Votavova tomorrow in her final match.
Also in flight "A," sophomore Sigrid Fischer defeated Charlotte's Ali Piacente 6-3, 7-6 before falling to East Tennessee State's Yevgeniya Stupak 6-1, 6-5. She will conclude Sunday against Spivakovsky.
Junior Brianna Williams and senior Cecile Perton each won a match on Saturday in flight "B," then both lost in the semifinals, which means that the two will play each other to close out the Classic tomorrow. Williams began the day with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Jesse Adler of Dartmouth, then fell 6-4, 6-4 to Ana Jerman of Wake Forest. Perton took Julie Voss of Ohio State to three games, winning 7-6, 4-6, 7-5. She then lost to Wake Forest's Christian Tara, 6-2, 6-2.
Flight "C" saw Alba Berdala earn a 6-1, 6-3 win over Dartmouth's Carley Markovitz before falling to Sasha Kulikova of Wake Forest 6-2, 6-2. She will face Ashley Lipton of Syracuse on Sunday. Freshman Lindsay Stuckey also played in two matches on Saturday, falling in both of them. She will end the Classic against Markovitz.
In flight "D," Stephanie Heller fell to Jenna Loeb of Wake Forest, 6-3, 6-3. She will face Danielle Murray of Dartmouth on Sunday. Freshman Erin Clark was also defeated in her lone match of the day.
In doubles action, the duos of Williams/Fisher and McGaffigan/Perton each fell in the finals of their respective doubles flights. In flight "C," Stuckey and Abdala defeated the team of Kuni Dorn and Yuilana Svivtun of Kansas 8-5 to reach the finals. They face Ohio State's Voss and Kristin Messmer in the finals on Sunday.
Competition concludes on Sunday, Sept. 24.
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