Hoosiers Begin Dual Match Season on Sunday
Jan. 18, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team begins the dual match season on Sunday with a pair of home contests against Mid American Conference foes, Western Michigan and Miami (OH). The 10 a.m. start on Sunday versus the Broncos will mark the third time the Hoosiers have competed against WMU in the 2007-08 campaign, having visited Kalamazoo for the WMU Super Challenge and also seeing them at the Hoosier Classic in the fall. IU will then take on the RedHawks at 3 p.m. EST.
"Western Michigan wins the MAC and plays in the NCAA's every year," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "Last year they played a great match the first round of the NCAA's against Big Ten Champion Northwestern. We are expecting a tough match, especially in the doubles which is always their strength."
The Cream and Crimson opened up dual match play against these same two squads a season ago, downing Miami (OH), 7-0, and beating Western Michigan by a score of 5-2.
ITA NATIONAL RANKINGS
Northwestern (#7) and Michigan (#23) join the Hoosiers in the top 25, representing the Big Ten Conference.
Other top 25 opponents on Indiana's spring schedule include: Notre Dame (#9), Duke (#17), Wake Forest (#21) and Tennessee (#22).
IU DOUBLES INVITE
FALL SEASON REVIEW
Junior Alba Berdala went 8-4 in singles play and captured the top singles flight championship at the Hoosier Classic. Junior Sigrid Fischer and Freshman Charlotte Martin each went 8-4 as well. Fischer took home a flight championship at the Hoosier Classic while Martin won her flight at the Deacon Classic.
Senior Brianna Williams (9-3) and Junior Stephanie Heller (9-2) led the Hoosiers with nine singles wins apiece. Williams, the lone senior, arose victorious 24 times overall in the fall after racking up 15 doubles wins (15-2) as well. Most impressive, was the 7-1 showing she had when paired with Freshman Katya Zapadalova. Freshman Maria Guerreiro won 12 of her 14 doubles matches, including a 5-1 mark when playing with Williams.
Heller and Freshman Myriam Sopel tallied 10 or more doubles triumphs as well. Heller went 11-5 and Sopel came away with a 12-4 record while the tandem partnered up for six wins in seven matches as cohorts.
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