Edged by No. 19 Texas A&M
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 19 Texas A&M women's team edged out a close 4-3 win over No. 27 Indiana on Sunday at the IU Varsity Tennis Center. The Hoosiers claimed the doubles point, but the Aggies won four of the six singles matches en route to the victory.
The team of senior Dora Vastag and sophomore Cecile Perton got off the Hoosiers off to a great start in the doubles matches as they blanked freshman Marisa Druss and junior Seva Iwinski, 8-0, at the No. 3 position. A&M even the pairs competition as the No. 28-ranked duo of sophomore Anna Lubinsky and senior Helga Vieira bested junior Sarah Batty and sophomore Kara Zeder, 8-1, at the top spot.
The lone doubles point came down to the match between sophomore Laura McGaffigan and freshman Brianna Williams against freshmen Anna Blagodarova and Tiffany Clifford at No. 2. With IU ahead 5-4 in the match, the duo held its serve to take a 6-4 lead in the contest. With Texas A&M serving, McGaffigan and Williams went on the offensive and broke Blagodarova and Clifford's serve, to grab a 7-4 advantage. The IU pair then held its serve to claim an 8-4 win and secure the doubles point for the Hoosiers.
"That was a huge win for our No. 2 doubles team," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "The team they beat has been winning a lot and they are big hitters. I was really pleased with their performance."
The Aggies even the match at 1-1, as Vieira, ranked 47th in the country, beat Batty, 6-0, 6-4, at the No. 2 position. Texas A&M grabbed a 2-1 advantage in the contest as Lubinsky topped Vastag, 6-2, 6-3, at the top position.
The Hoosiers regained the lead, 3-2, as Williams bested Clifford, 6-3, 6-3, and Perton downed Iwinski, 6-3, 6-1, at positions No. 4 and 6, respectively.
The Aggies once again evened the match, 3-3, as Blagodarova beat McGaffigan, 7-5, 6-3, at the No. 3 slot.
Druss upended Walterova, 7-5, 6-2, at the No. 5 spot, to clinch the match for Texas A&M.
"I knew coming into today that we did not match up well with their singles," said Loring. "They have been playing very good singles an we knew that we would have our hands full. I thought that we played pretty well, they just played better."
The Hoosiers will return to the courts this afternoon to face Butler at 3 p.m.
No. 19 Texas A&M 4, No. 27 Indiana 3
IU Varsity Tennis Center
1. No. 28 Anna Lubinsky/Helga Vieira (A&M) def. Sarah Batty/Kara Zeder (IU), 8-1
2. Laura McGaffigan/Brianna Williams (IU) def. Anna Blagodarova/Tiffany Clifford (A&M), 8-4
3. Dora Vastag/Cecile Perton (IU) def. Marisa Druss/Seva Iwinski (A&M), 8-0
Order of Finish: (3, 1, 2)
1. Anna Lubinsky (A&M) def. No. 90 Dora Vastag (IU), 6-2, 6-3
2. No. 47 Helga Vieria (A&M) def. Sarah Batty (IU), 6-0, 6-4
3. Anna Blagodarova (A&M) def. Laura McGaffigan (IU), 7-5, 6-3
4. Brianna Williams (IU) def. Tiffany Clifford (A&M), 6-3, 6-3
5. Marisa Druss (A&M) def. Dominika Walterova (IU), 7-5, 6-2
6. Cecile Perton (IU) def. Seva Iwinski (A&M), 6-3, 6-1
Order of Finish: (2, 1, 4, 6, 4, 5)
No. 27 Indiana is now 3-3
No. 19 Texas A&M is now 2-6
Time of Match: 2:55
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