Women's Tennis Begins Weekend Invitational
Oct. 19, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team began play at the June Stewart Invitational Friday afternoon on the campus of Vanderbilt University. This weekend marks the Hoosiers third tournament of the fall schedule.
"We got some really good matches in today versus big-time schools, such as Kentucky, Arizona State and Vanderbilt," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "The competition level was higher here than our previous two tournaments. I was happy with the higher competition level, that's what we were looking for."
The Cream and Crimson compiled seven overall victories on the day, three singles wins and four doubles triumphs. Juniors Stephanie Heller and Sigrid Fischer, as well as Freshman Maria Guerrerio, each earned a victory in both a singles and doubles.
Fischer breezed by Middle Tennessee State's Elvira Yusupova in a 6-1, 6-2 first round win. Heller and Guerreiro each competed in one of the round robin draws. Heller was a 6-0, 6-0 victor over Vanderbilt's Katie Kilborn while Guerrerio defeated Mary Beth Gunn from the University of Tennessee-Martin (6-2, 6-0).
Senior Alba Berdala and Lindsey Stuckey took part in the doubles bracket-style flight while five Hoosiers competed in the round robin draw. Fischer teamed with Freshman Myriam Sopel, Heller with Freshman Charlotte Martin and Sophomore Erin Clark was paired up with Julianne McMeen from Tennessee-Martin.
Heller/Martin arose victorious over Middtle Tennessee State's Andrea Herrera and Shannon Hartmann by a score of 8-2. Sopel/Fischer were also able to earn a doubles win, downing Martie Wahl and Mary Beth Gunn from UT-Martin, 8-4.
The Guerrerio/Williams tandem notched two doubles wins on the day. First, an 8-6 win over an Arizona State pairing before an 8-2 victory against their teammate Clark and UTM's McMeen.
"This tournament is going to give us a chance to experiment with our doubles teams, trying different combinations and seeing which ones work the best," said Loring.
Saturday will consist of another round of singles along with two more rounds of doubles. The invitational will then conclude on Sunday.
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