Women's Tennis

    Hoosiers drop Big Ten opener

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    ="bigtenopener"> March 7, 1998

    Hoosiers drop Big Ten opener

    Bloomington, IN--Indiana's women's tennis team, battling several key injuries, dropped a close match today. In the Hoosiers first Big Ten match of the season the Minnesota Golden Gophers slipped by Indiana, 4-3. The loss dropped the Hoosiers to 6-4 on the season and 0-1 in league play.

    Indiana continued to get strong play from senior Correne Stout at the number one singles position. She defeated Nora Sauska, 6-4,7-6(8-6) to up her mark to 18-3 on the season. Sophomore Zahra Ahamed also continued her strong play, defeating Kim Simonson 7-5,6-3 at the three position. The only other singles win for the Hoosiers came from sophomore Jessica Anderson who won a 6-4,6-4 decision over Helen Wang.

    After losing the number one doubles match 8-4, Ahamed and junior Kelly Fitzgeraldwon at number two, 8-5. Minnesota clinched the match by taking a hard-fought 9-7 decision from Anderson and freshman Ana Ceretto to earn the lone doubles point.

    "It was an exciting college tennis match," said head tennis coach Lin Loring. "We're disappointed with the loss because we put ourselves in a position to win. It came down to the doubles point and we were forced to play two teams who had never played together because of injuries. We did just about as good as we could of in that situation."

    The Hoosiers will attempt to get back on track tommorow as the face conference opponent Iowa at 10:00 a.m.

    	Indiana			Minnesota		Winner	Score
    1.  Correne Stout	vs.	Nora Sauska		IU	6-4,7-6(8-6)
    2.  Kelly Blanch	vs.	Alice Rangisithienchai	UM	6-4,7-6(8-6)
    3.  Zahra Ahamed	vs.	Kim Simonsen		IU	7-5,6-3
    4.  Megan McCarney	vs.	Tarah Elkins		UM	6-3,6-4
    5.  Jessica Anderson	vs.	Helen Wang		IU	6-4,6-4
    6.  Ana Ceretto 	vs.	Jana Hrdinova		UM	7-5,7-5
    Doubles:
    1.  Correne Stout/	vs.	Nora Sauska/		UM	8-4
         Kelly Blanch		Alice Ranisithienchai	
    2.  Zahra Ahamed/	vs.	Tarah Elkins/		IU	8-5
         Kelly Fitzgerald		Kim Simonsen
    3.  Jessica Anderson/	vs.	Jana Hrdinova/		UM	9-7
         Ana Ceretto		Jennifer Hayes
    


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