Women's Tennis

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    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The No. 27 Indiana women's tennis team won its Big Ten opener, 4-3, against Penn State on Sunday afternoon in the Penn State Tennis Center. With the win, the Hoosiers improved to 7-6 on the spring, while the Nittany Lions fell to 4-5 overall. The contest was the first conference match for both teams on the spring.

    Under Indiana head coach Lin Loring the Hoosiers are now 24-4 in league openers and pushed their mark to 12-2 all-time against Penn State. Today's win also was the first for the Cream and Crimson on the road this spring.

    Indiana claimed the doubles point, as the teams split the singles contests, en route to the victory.

    "This was a good win for us," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "It's good to go on the road and get a win, especially in conference play."

    In tandem action, the team of senior Dominika Walterova and junior Sarah Batty blanked seniors Sarah Spence and Maaria Husain, 8-0, at No. 1. The victory was the first of the spring for the duo.

    IU secured the pair's point as the senior Dora Vastag and sophomore Cecile Perton won at the No. 3 slot, 8-5, over senior Jessica McKeown and sophomore Katelyn BeVard. The IU twosome moved its overall mark to 14-4 and improved to 8-2 in dual action.

    "Cecile and Dora had played very consistent the entire spring," Loring said.

    Sophomore Laura McGaffigan and freshman Brianna Williams fell by the margin of 8-4, at No. 2, versus sophomore Sasha Abraham and freshman Jenny Schular.

    In singles action, Batty bested Spence, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, at No. 2, and McGaffigan downed Abraham, 6-2, 7-5, at No. 3. Batty moved to 9-4 this spring, while McGaffigan became to the first Hoosier to reach 10 wins in 2005. The Davenport, Iowa, native is 18-7 overall and 10-4 in dual competition.

    Walterova clinched the match with a 7-5, 6-2 win over BeVard at No. 4.

    "Dominika has moved up to No. 4 the last couple of matches," Loring said. "It was a good win for her and it was a match that we needed to have."

    Vastag and Williams both got tripped up in three-sets at No. 1 and 5, respectively, while Perton fell at the No. 6 spot. Vastag lost 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 to Husain, Williams slipped to Schular, 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2, and Perton was upended, 6-1, 6-0, by sophomore Andreea Niclescu.

    The Hoosiers will return to the courts on Thursday, March 17, for a showdown at No. 30 UNLV. The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m. PST.

    No. 27 Indiana 4, Penn State 3
    Penn State Tennis Center
    University Park, Pa.

    1. Batty/Walterova (IU) def. Spence/Husain (PSU) 8-0
    2. Abraham/Schular (PSU) def. McGaffigan/Williams (IU) 8-4
    3. Perton/Vastag (IU) def. McKeown/BeVard (PSU) 8-5

    1. Maaria Husain (PSU) def. #99 Dora Vastag (IU) 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
    2. Sarah Batty (IU) def. Sarah Spence (PSU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-2
    3. Laura McGaffigan (IU) def. Sasha Abraham (PSU) 6-2, 7-5
    4. Dominika Walterova (IU) def. Katelyn BeVard (PSU) 7-5, 6-2
    5. Jenny Schular (PSU) def. Brianna Williams (IU) 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2
    6. Andreea Niclescu (PSU) def. Cecile Perton (IU) 6-1, 6-0

    Match Notes:
    No. 27 Indiana is now 7-6, 1-0
    Penn State is 4-5, 0-1




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