Ann Arbor, Mich. The No. 35 Indiana womens tennis team pulled off its third upset of the season when it knocked off Big Ten conference-leader, No. 25 Michigan, 4-3, on Saturday, April 10 at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. With the win, Indiana moves to 12-6 overall, 4-1 in the Big Ten, while Michigan falls to 13-3 overall and 4-2 in the Big Ten.
Head coach Lin Loring was extremely pleased with the outcome of todays match and the performances of several Hoosier players.
It was just a super big win for us today, Loring said. Linda (Tran) had a huge win over Elizabeth Exon, who is Michigans highest ranked player, and Laura (McGaffigan) had a huge comeback over Chrissie Nolan, who is one of Michigans seniors. We had to win both of those three-set matches to win the match, so it was just an unbelievable match today for us.
Indiana was able to clinch the victory by winning the final two singles matches to come off the court, both in third sets. Senior Linda Tran highlighted the Hoosiers win by knocking off Michigans highest-ranked player, No. 89 Elizabeth Exon at the No. 2 singles position. After winning the first set 6-2, Tran dropped the second set 2-6. The senior from Grand Rapids, Mich. was able to hold on 6-4 in the third set to win the match for Indiana.
Freshman Laura McGaffigan also had an instrumental win for the Hoosiers at the No. 4 singles position. After dropping the first set 2-6 to senior Chrissie Nolan, McGaffigan was able to win the second and third set, 6-3, 6-4, to win the match. McGaffigan was forced to battle in both the sets she won. In the second set, she went down 3-1 and then won five-straight games to take the set 6-3, and in the third set she came back from being down 4-1 to win five-straight games to win the set 6-4.
Senior Karie Schlukebir had Indianas other singles win at the No. 5 position. She downed Leanne Rutherford, 6-2, 7-6 to give the Hoosiers their second point of the match.
The Hoosiers had begun the morning winning the doubles point after claiming wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles position. Tran and sophomore Sarah Batty downed Michelle DaCosta and Kara Delicata, 8-3 in the No. 1 spot. New Indiana doubles combination, Martina Grimm and Schlukebir, down Rutherford and Kavitha Tipirneni, 8-2 in the No. 3 position.
We had great doubles matches out of our No. 1 and No. 3 spots, Loring said. Our new doubles combination at No. 3 got a win.
The win against Michigan gives Indiana its seventh victory over a team it lost to last season, and improves Indianas overall series record with the Wolverines to 28-8. The win also snaps Indianas three-match losing streak to Michigan.
The Hoosiers will take on Michigan State on Sunday, April 11 in East Lansing, Mich. The match is set to begin at 9 a.m. CST.
# 96 Michelle DaCosta (UM) def. # 38 Dora Vastag (IU); 7-5, 6-1
Linda Tran (IU) def. # 89 Elizabeth Exon (UM); 6-2, 2-6, 6-4
Kavitha Tipirneni (UM) def. Sarah Batty (IU); 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Laura McGaffigan (IU) def. Chrissie Nolan (UM); 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
Karie Schlukebir (IU) def. Leanne Rutherford (UM); 6-2, 7-6 (3)
Debra Streifler (UM) def. Cecile Perton (IU); 6-3, 6-3
Order of finish: 6, 5, 1, 3, 4, 2
Sarah Batty/Linda Tran (IU) def. Michelle DaCosta/Kara Delicata (UM); 8-3
#46 Kim Plaushines/Debra Streifler (UM) def. Dora Vastag/Laura McGaffigan (IU); 8-2
Karie Schlukebir/Martina Grimm (IU) def. Leanne Rutherford/Kavitha Tipirneni (UM); 8-2
Order of finish, 1, 2, 3