Upended No. 44 WMU
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 27 Indiana women's tennis team defeated No. 44 Western Michigan, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon at the IU Varsity Tennis Center. With the win the Hoosiers improve to 6-5 on the season and snap the Broncos three-match winning streak against teams from the Big Ten this spring.
Entering the match, WMU had beaten then-No. 49 Ohio State, then-No. 45 Purdue and then-No. 35 Illinois and had reeled of victories in five of its last six contests.
"This was a great win for us," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "Western Michigan had beaten three teams from the Big Ten, that all went to the NCAA Tournament last year. This win will help us in terms of our rankings."
The Broncos got on the board first as the team of junior Malena Remynse and senior Maelynn Bernosky defeated junior Sarah Batty and sophomore Kara Zeder, 8-1, at the top position. IU even the pairs competition as sophomore Laura McGaffigan and freshman Brianna Williams earned a win at No. 2, 8-2, over junior Rattiya Hiranrat and freshman Noriko Saruta.
The lone doubles point would come down the contest between the Indiana team of senior Dora Vastag and sophomore Cecile Perton against the Western Michigan pair of sophomore Carrie Jeanmaire and junior Reedhina Parekh at the No. 3 slot. Down 5-4, the Hoosiers broke WMU's serve and then held their own to grab a 6-5 lead in the match. WMU fought off two IU break points, but on the third, Vastag's backhand was not returned, giving the duo a 7-5 lead in the match. The Cream and Crimson held serve to claim an 8-5 win and secure the doubles point for IU.
"Getting the doubles point was very big for us," Loring said. "It really gave us a lot of momentum and put the pressure on them."
Indiana jumped ahead to a 3-0 advantage in the match as Batty bested Remynse, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 2 slot. Vastag, ranked 84th in the nation, defeated Hiranrat, 6-3, 6-2, at the top singles position. Batty moves to 9-3 on the spring, while Vastag improves to 6-5.
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