Tennis Doubleheader on Sunday
Jan. 23, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #30 Indiana University women's tennis (2-0) team hosts a non-conference doubleheader Sunday, Jan. 25 inside the the IU Tennis Center. Marquette (2-0) will be the first opponent at 10 a.m., followed by a match-up with the Ball State Cardinals (1-1) at 3 p.m.
This weekend marks the second of three consecutive Sunday doubleheaders to open the `09 springs season for the Hoosiers. Last week, IU defeated a pair of MAC schools, Western Michigan and Miami (OH), in tightly-contested 4-3 matches. Next week on Feb. 1, Maryland and Butler come to town to complete the homestand.
EXCITING FIRST WEEKEND
"In 36 years of coaching I've never started a season with two 4-3 wins," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "It's pretty unbelievable. It's like winning two soccer games on penalty kicks."
The WMU Broncos came to Bloomington ready to play, sweeping the doubles action and garnering a 1-0 advantage on the team scoreboard.
The Hoosiers then needed to win four of six singles matches; and they did just that. Senior captain Sigrid Fischer notched one of the singles wins, topping Rachel Denny in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5. Charlotte Martin, playing No. 2 singles, also won her match in straight sets. Martin followed a 6-4 first-set victory with a 9-7 winner in her second-set tiebreaker. Katya Zapadalova sat atop the Hoosier line-up in the No. 1 slot, posting a 6-2, 2-6, 10-8 win over Kerstin Pahl. The newest Hoosier and only freshman on the team, Megan Matter, adjusted to the collegiate game just fine by winning her first career match. The youngster was unflappable en route to back-to-back tiebreaker victories, 7-6(6) and 7-6(2) to clinch the win for IU.
The next match started off much better for the Cream and Crimson as they won two of three doubles contests to take the doubles point. The tandems of Myriam Sopel/Lindsey Stuckey and Alba Berdala/Megan Matter each came out on top by scores of 8-5.
Indiana then won three of the singles showdowns for another 4-3 team triumph. It was some familiar faces providing the singles points for IU as Martin, Fischer and Matter each tallied their second singles win of the day. For the second time in as many matches, the team score depended on Matter's court, allowing her to seal the deal once again.
"We had people step up in both matches with big wins when we needed them," said Loring. "Megan Matter especially deserves a lot of credit. She has only been in school a week and both matches came down to her court. She competed unbelievably well."
SPEAKING OF MISS MATTER
Matter holds the highest singles winning percentage in BVN H.S. history and placed at the state tournament in both years of participation, finishing third and fourth as a junior and freshman, respectively. She was also garnered the conference Sportsmanship Award and Metro All-Sports First Team honors.
As a juniors player, she finished the 18's ranked No. 45 according to tennisrecruiting.net.
Megan is the daughter of Bruce and Deb Matter. She intends to major in Business after earning an academic scholarship as well as an athletic scholarship.
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