Women's Tennis Falls To No. 18 Tennessee 5-2
March 5, 2000 Women's Tennis Falls To No. 18 Tennessee 5-2
Bloomington, IN - The women's tennis team kept it close, but was unable to upset 18th-ranked Tennessee. Playing outdoors for the first time this season, the 38th-ranked Hoosiers (7-2, 2-0) lost to the Lady Vols 5-2 today in Bloomington.
Jessica Levin and Becky Wallihan began the day with a win at No. 2 doubles over Candy Reid and Agnes Wiski 8-2. The other two doubles matches very close, but the Hoosiers were unable to win either one. At No. 1, 39th-ranked Jessica Anderson and Kelly Blanch lost to Vilmarie Castellvi and Alison Ojeda 8-6. Amanda Field and Jennifer Hsia lost in a tiebreaker at No. 3 to Crystal Cleveland and Meiling Parks 9-8.
In singles, the Hoosiers captured two matches. At No. 4, Field won her match over Parks when Parks retired due to injury. Field was down 4-6,3-2 when the match was stopped in the second set. At No. 3, Blanch won her match in a third-set tiebreaker over Castellvi 4-6,6-4,(10-3). Under the rules played today, if the players split the first two sets then a tiebreaker is played instead of the third set. Levin, also reached the third set tiebreaker, but lost her match to Wiski 6-4,3-6,(10-4) at No. 3.
Head Coach Lin Loring said, "Considering that we only got in about three hours of outdoor practice, I thought we played well for our first match outdoors. It was a huge advantage for them, because they had played quite a bit outdoors. We had our opportunities. We were real close to sweep in the doubles and we had a lot of really close sets in the singles. Considering their ranking, I thought that we played well. It was a little disappointing, because with a few breaks here or there I thought that we could have won that one."
Indiana will continue its homestand with a match next weekend against
Big Ten and interstate rival Purdue on Saturday. The match will begin at
10 a.m. and take place either at the IU Tennis Center or the IU Outdoor
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