Hoosiers Win Close Match Against Michigan State 4-3
April 9, 2000 Hoosiers Win Close Match Against Michigan State 4-3
Bloomington, Ind. - The women's tennis team overcame the wind and injuries to defeat 53rd-ranked Michigan 4-3 today. The win improved the Hoosiers (12-7) record to 5-2 in the Big Ten, while the Wolverines (7-9) fell to 1-5 in conference play.
The 51st-ranked Hoosiers began the day by winning two of the three doubles matches to win the point. At No. 1, Jessica Anderson and Kelly Blanch defeated Brooke Hart and Jen Duprez 8-5. The Hoosiers then secured the point with a victory by Amanda Field and Jennifer Hsia over Joanne Musgrove and Jennifer Sinclair by the score of 8-5 at the No. 3 position. Jessica Levin and Becky Wallihan retired after the doubles point was secured. They were up 6-5 over Szandra Fuzesi and Danielle Lund at the time.
In singles, the Hoosiers split the six matches played. The match was tied at 1-1 after Levin was forced to retire after three games in the first set. She was down 2-1 to Fuzesi at the time. The Hoosiers split the next two matches at No. 2 and No. 4. Blanch, playing at No. 2, picked up a quick victory over Lund 6-3,6-1, while Field was defeated in her match at No. 4 by Musgrove 6-2,6-4. With the score tied at 2-2, the final three matches went into three-sets. At No. 5, Wallihan rallied from a set down to defeat Duprez 3-6,6-1,6-3. Indiana then clinched the victory as Zahra Ahamed was victorious over Sinclair 6-1,6-7,6-1. With the match decided, Anderson lost her match to Hart 2-6,6-4,6-4.
Head Coach Lin Loring, "It was a really close match. The fact that we are playing so many people that are injured, it was a really good, competitive win for us. You know if we don't get healthy, there are not a lot matches that we will be favored in for the rest of the year, so it was really good to get this win.
The Hoosiers will be on the road next weekend for matches against Penn State and Ohio State.
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