Women's Tennis

    Hoosiers Making First Road Trip of the Spring

    Go Hoosiers! Junior Alba Berdala
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior Alba Berdala
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 21, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team (7-2) hits the road for the first time of the spring, heading south to the state of North Carolina for a pair of matches in Winston-Salem on Saturday. First up is a noon showdown with No. 19 Wake Forest on their home court. The No. 28 Hoosiers are also set for a 6 p.m. match versus the University of North Carolina at Greensboro later in the day.

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    "With the exception of Duke, Wake Forest will be the best team we have played this year and this is our first road trip of the season," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "We are excited to go on the road and play such a good team. It will be a great test for our team and will get us ready for our Big Ten season which opens with a road trip to Ohio State."

    Wake Forest's doubles tandem of Alexandra Hirsch and Sasha Kulikova are the 28th-ranked doubles team in the latest ITA national rankings (released on Feb. 20). Live match updates will be available for the Wake Forest match via the women's tennis schedule page on IUHoosiers.com.

    BRI-WIN-A Williams
    Senior captain Brianna Williams had provided the Hoosiers at least one point every dual match this season, going 9-0 in her singles matches. Williams most impressive triumph was a 6-3, 6-2 decision over No. 99 Amanda Granson from Duke. The Tampa, Fla. native has also been a big part of Indiana's sevendoubles point victories, teaming up with Myriam Sopel for a 8-1 mark in doubles action.

    The Tampa, Fla. native is one of just two Big Ten players to be sitting atop the conference individual singles wins list at 9-0. Northwestern's Suzie Matzenauer enters the weekend at 9-0 as well.

    The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released their national rankings on Wednesday, and the Hoosiers are slotted 28th in the country. Northwestern (#2) and Michigan (#21) join the Hoosiers in the top-30, representing the Big Ten Conference.

    Other top-30 opponents on Indiana's spring schedule include: Duke (#8), Notre Dame (#15), Wake Forest (#19), Kentucky (#22) and Tennessee (#23).

    Head Coach Lin Loring has altered the starting lineup twice this season and both times it's worked out well for his Hoosiers. Freshman Myriam Sopel, a regular doubles starter was called upon to play No. 6 singles against Butler. She delivered with a 6-0, 6-0 massacre.

    Sopel, as well as Stephanie Heller, were given the nod in the singles starting lineup once again versus Ball State. The results were the same as both Sopel and Heller rolled to 6-0, 6-0 victories over the Cardinals. Prior to singles play, Heller also teamed up with Charlotte Martin for an 8-1 doubles win against Ball State. That marked Martin's dual match doubles debut.

    Junior Alba Berdla earned her second win over a nationally-ranked opponent this year during the Kentucky match. She defeated No. 69 Sarah Woestmann by a score of 7-5, 6-2. In the fall, No. 99 Dunja Antunovic of DePaul fell victim to Berdala, 6-2, 7-5.




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