Berdala and Stuckey Advance to Flight Championships
Nov. 3, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A pair of Indiana University women's tennis players advanced to their singles flight championships on Day Two at the Western Michigan Super Challenge. Three other Hoosiers won their singles matches as well on Saturday while IU went 5-3 overall in doubles competition on the day.
Junior Alba Berdala is looking for her second flight championship of the fall season after taking the Hoosier Classic crown a few weeks ago. Berdala reached the finals of the "gold" flight at the Super Challenge with a 6-2, 7-5 win over No. 93 Dunja Antunovic from DePaul. Sophomore Lindsey Stuckey also advanced to her flight finals, posting a 7-6(1), 6-3 victory over Western Michigan's Noriko Saruta.
Senior Brianna Williams and Junior Sigrid Fischer both competed in the "silver" flight, and each advanced to the back draw finals with victories on Saturday. Williams breezed by Yale's Sarah Lederhandler in a 6-0, 6-1 rout. Fischer, meanwhile, downed WMU's Yumi Matsuto by a score of 6-3, 6-2.
Junior Stephanie Heller just missed out on reaching her third flight championship on the year with a third-set, tie-breaker loss to Amanda Moccia (WMU). Freshman Myriam Sopel came out victorious for the second time in as many matches this weekend, dropping Amanda's sister, Ashley Moccia, 6-1, 6-4.
The doubles teams of Fischer and Stuckey and Berdala and Katya Zapadalova each won their second match of the back draw to advance to the finals. In the "extra" doubles matches, Sopel and Williams both notched two victories, one with each other as partners and one with a different partner. Sopel also teamed up with fellow freshman Charlotte Martin for a win, and Williams picked up her second doubles win with Heller as her partner.
Competition will conclude on Sunday.
DAY ONE RECAP
Five of the eight Hoosiers competing in singles earned first round victories. Junior Alba Berdala and Freshman Charlotte Martin each advanced in the "gold" flight. Berdala won a tie-breaker in the first set, 7-2, before finishing off Wichita State's Stephanie Dalmacio with a 6-4 triumph in the second set. Martin had to win a pair of tie breakers in her 7-6 (5), 7-6(6) win over No. 125 Janet Kim from Yale.
Sophomore Lindsey Stuckey fought for a 6-4 first set win against Depaul's Kirsten Gambrell. She then rolled in the second set, winning 6-0. Junior Stephanie Heller notched her ninth win of the fall by also downing a DePaul foe. Heller posted a 7-5, 6-2 score over Anna Egorova in the "black" flight. Freshman Myriam Sopel began competition in the round robin grouping with a dominating performance. Another player from DePaul (Bojana Murisic) was the victim of Sopel's excellent play as Sopel cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
Freshman Maria Guerreiro and Senior Brianna Williams improved to 5-0 as doubles players when they defeated Janet Kim and Lindsay Clark from Yale, 8-4. The tandem just missed out on a 6-0 mark, dropping a tie breaker, 8-9(3), in the second round to DePaul's Gergana Ganeva and Anja Mihaldinec.
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