Down No. 35 Wisconsin, 5-2
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 36 Indiana women's tennis team defeated Big Ten foe No. 35 Wisconsin, 5-2, on Sunday afternoon at the IU Varsity Tennis Courts. The Hoosiers improve to 10-8 overall and 4-1 in conference action, while the Badgers fall to 10-5 on the season and 3-2 in league play.
"This was a great win for us," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "Wisconsin is a great team, that has already beaten Notre Dame and Michigan this year. This gives us another win over an NCAA caliber team. This will also help us in terms of seeding at the Big Ten Tournament."
Playing in their first home outdoor match of the year, the Hoosiers won the initial doubles match as senior Dominika Walterova and junior Sarah Batty bested seniors Lindsay Martin and Katie McGaffigan by the score of 8-1. The top pair for IU broke UW's serve three times en route to the win.
The Badgers evened the tandem competition with an 8-5 victory from freshmen Nicole Beck and Chelsea Nusslock over senior Dora Vastag and sophomore Cecile Perton at No. 2.
The final match of sophomore Laura McGaffigan and freshman Brianna Williams against sophomores Caitlin Burke and Kaylan Caiati would decide the twosome point. The contest lasted 1:40 and featured the Badgers jumping out to a 7-3 advantage on the strength of their second game break. The Hoosier duo chipped away; they held serve, broke back and held serve again to cut the margin to 7-6.
In game 14, IU went ahead 30-0, but UW scored the next two points to square the contest. McGaffigan and Williams would grab the next two tallies and claim the game to even the match at 7-7. IU held serve and won its fifth game in a row to push ahead 8-7.
Wisconsin jumped ahead 40-15 in the 16th game, but the Cream and Crimson fought back to force deuce. The Hoosiers finished their comeback, claiming the next two points, the match and the crucial team doubles marker.
"The win by second doubles was huge for us, it really set the tone," Loring said. "I'm really proud of the way they battled. It really gave us some great momentum heading into the singles matches."
The Badgers halted the momentum for a brief period as they tied the tilt with a win from Caiati over Walterova, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 4.
IU jumped ahead 3-1 in the contest behind victories from Laura McGaffigan, 6-4, 6-2, against Martin at No. 3, and from Batty, 6-2, 7-5, over Katie McGaffigan, ranked 93rd in the nation, at No. 2. Batty is now 14-8 overall, while Laura McGaffigan pushes her season mark to 21-9.
Perton clinched the match for IU with a 6-4, 6-3 conquest of Nusslock at the No. 6 slot. She is now 18-9 on the year.
Vastag added IU's fifth point, as she downed Burke, 100th in the country, 6-4, 6-3, at the top singles position. The Cream and Crimson is now 8-0 when Vastag is victorious at the No. 1 singles spot.
The Hoosiers will return to the courts at home on Friday, April 8, against No. 68 Ohio State. The match is slated to begin at 4 p.m., and weather permitting will be played at the IU Varsity Tennis Courts.
#36 Indiana 5, #35 Wisconsin 2
IU Varsity Tennis Courts
1. Dora Vastag (IND) def. #100 Caitlin Burke (WISC) 6-4, 6-3
2. Sarah Batty (IND) def. #93 Katie McGaffigan (WISC) 6-2, 7-5
3. Laura McGaffigan (IND) def. Lindsay Martin (WISC) 6-4, 6-2
4. Kaylan Caiati (WISC) def. Dominika Walterova (IND) 6-1, 6-1
5. Nicole Beck (WISC) def. Brianna Williams (IND) 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
6. Cecile Perton (IND) def. Chelsea Nusslock (WISC) 6-3, 6-4
1. Sarah Batty/Dominika Walterova (IND) def. Lindsay Martin/Katie McGaffigan (WISC) 8-1
2. Laura McGaffigan/Brianna Williams (IND) def. Caitlin Burke/Kaylan Caiati (WISC) 9-7
3. Nicole Beck/Chelsea Nusslock (WISC) def. Cecile Perton/Dora Vastag (IND) 8-5
Wisconsin 10-5, 3-2; National ranking #35
Indiana 10-8, 4-1; National ranking #36
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (4,3,2,1,6,5)
Indiana's first home outdoor match.
Indiana is now 10-1 when it captures the doubles point.
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