Upened at Kentucky
LEXINGTON, Ky. - The No. 29 Indiana women's tennis team lost, 6-1, to No. 7 Kentucky on Sunday afternoon at the Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex. While the score might not indicate it, the Hoosiers gave the top-ranked Wildcats all they could handle, as a trio of the singles matches went three sets. IU falls to 4-5 on the year, while UK improves to 9-3.
The Wildcats, with two of their three teams ranked in the top 11, took the trio of doubles matches from the Hoosiers, securing the lone tandem point.
Sophomore Sarah Foster and senior Aibika Kalsarieva, ranked sixth in the country, defeated junior Sarah Batty and sophomore Kara Zeder, 8-3, at the top position. At No. 2, sophomores Kim Coventry and Joelle Schwenk, ranked 11th in the nation, downed sophomore Laura McGaffigan and freshman Brianna Williams by the margin of 8-5. In the final pairs match, sophomore Lara Maurer and Emily Foster upended sophomore Cecile Perton and senior Dora Vastag, 8-2, at the No. 3 slot.
"All three of Kentucky's doubles teams are very good," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "They really took it to us. But with that said, I was proud of how strong the players responded in the singles matches."
The Wildcats won the initial three singles matches to secure the team win. Schwenk bested Williams, after dropping the first set, 2-6, 7-5, 6-1, at the No. 4 position.
"Brianna was two points away from winning the match," Loring said. "This could have gone either way."
UK won at No. 2 singles, but again it was a struggle, as Sarah Foster, ranked 30th in the nation, lost the first set 7-5, but battled back to defeat Batty, 6-0, 6-1, in the last two sets.
Vastag, 91st in the country, lost 6-3, 6-1 to Kalsarieva, the 7th-ranked player in the nation, at the top singles spot.
"This match only went two sets, but it was as long as the other three-setter's on the day," Loring said. "The match had a lot of close points."
At No. 3 singles, McGaffigan dropped her first set to Coventry, ranked 58th in the nation, 6-2, but pushed the match even with a 6-2 win in the second frame. The third set was nip and tuck, but Coventry came away with a 7-5 win in the final stanza.
"Laura had the first match point, but [Coventry] hit a great shot," Loring said. "This was another match that could have gone in our favor."
Perton picked up a singles win for the Hoosiers, 6-1, 6-0, over junior Danielle Petrisko at No. 6.
Kentucky won the last solo contest of the day, as Maurer downed senior Dominika Walterova, 6-4, 6-4, at the No. 5 slot.
"Overall I was pleased with the way that we played," Loring said. "I was happy with the way that we responded after the doubles matches."
The Hoosiers will return to the court for a pair of home matches on Saturday, Feb. 12, in the IU Varsity Tennis Center. IU will host Marquette at 9:30 a.m., and No. 48 Western Michigan at 2:30 p.m.
No. 7 Kentucky 6, No. 29 Indiana 1
Hilary J. Boone Varsity Tennis Complex
1. #6 Sarah Foster/Aibika Kalsarieva (UK) def. Sarah Batty/Kara Zeder (IU), 8-3
2. #11 Kim Coventry/Joelle Schwenk (UK) def. Laura McGaffigan/Brianna Williams (IU), 8-5
3. Lara Maurer/Emily Foster (UK) def. Cecile Perton/Dora Vastag (IU), 8-2
Order of Finish: (3, 1, 2)
1. #7 Aibika Kalsarieva (UK) def. #91 Dora Vastag (IU), 6-3, 6-1
2. #30 Sarah Foster (UK) def. Sarah Batty (IU), 5-7, 6-0, 6-1
3. #58 Kim Coventry (UK) def. Laura McGaffigan (IU), 6-2, 2-6, 7-5
4. Joelle Schwenk (UK) def. Brianna Williams (IU), 2-6, 7-5, 6-1
5. Lara Maurer (UK) def. Dominika Walterova (IU), 6-4, 6-4
6. Cecile Perton (IU) def. Danielle Petrisko (UK), 6-1, 6-0
Order of Finish: (4, 2, 1, 3, 6, 5)
No. 29 Indiana is now 4-5
No. 7 Kentucky is now 9-3
Time of Match: 5:05
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