Women's Tennis

    Final Homestand for Women's Tennis Has Arrived

    Go Hoosiers! Senior captain Brianna Williams will play in front of the home crowd for the last time this weekend
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior captain Brianna Williams will play in front of the home crowd for the last time this weekend
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 11, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #29 Indiana University women's tennis team (16-5, 5-1 Big Ten) returns to Bloomington after a three-match road trip for a pair of home matches. The rivalry weekend includes contests against #58 Illinois (8-8, 4-2) on Saturday and Purdue (4-12, 2-4) on Sunday.

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    "Illinois is currently tied for fifth in the conference, so we know that they will give us a tough match," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "We had a very close match last year in Champaign. Purdue on Sunday is our Senior Day, so we will have plenty of motivation for that match. Brianna Williams has been an unbelievable team captain and leader for us this year and I know all the girls will be fired up to win that match for her."

    Both matches of are scheduled for 11 a.m. starts and will be held at the IU Varsity Tennis Courts, weather permitting. If inclement weather does arise, the competition will be moved indoors to the IU Tennis Complex. This weekend marks Hoosier fans' last chance to see senior captain Brianna Williams in action as it concludes Indiana's home slate.

    Williams came to IU via Gaither High School inTampa, Florida and has put together quite the career while donning the Cream and Crimson. On the court, she's racked up 179 total victories as a four-year starter. Success has followed her off the court as well, earning both ITA and Big Ten Academic awards each of the past two seasons.

    With four matches left in the regular season, the Hoosiers are tied with Michigan for second place in the Big Ten standings at 5-1. Alba Berdala and Charlotte Martin's 4-2 singles marks have played a large role in IU's conference success.

    Brianna Williams has been impressive in the Big Ten as well, going 5-1 in singles and 4-2 in doubles, partnering with Katya Zapadalova. Myriam Sopel has done her part also, posting a combined record of 8-1 in conference competition (3-0 singles, 5-1 doubles.

    The freshman class has contributed immediately this season as Indiana's starting line-up consistently has three first-year players in it. Charlotte Martin has gone 16-5 in singles playing mainly at No. 3, but as high as No. 1. Last week, the England native posted IU's biggest singles win of the season, downing #25 Sam Murray (Northwestern) in a third-set tiebreaker.

    Katya Zapadalova is also one of IU's top players, filling the second singles and a first doubles position in all 18 dual matches she's played.

    Myriam Sopel has started every match thus far, recording a 7-1 singles mark and incredible 18-2 doubles showing.

    Freshman Myriam Sopel has suffered just one doubles defeat since January 27, compiling 16 victories during that stretch. With three different partners, Sopel owns an 18-2 overall doubles record during the dual match season.

    As a team, Indiana has excelled in the doubles competition all year long. Following a dominating performance in the IU Doubles Invitational to begin the spring season, the Hoosiers have notched the doubles point in 16 of 21 dual matches.

    Senior captain Brianna Williams reached a significant milestone when she teamed with Katya Zapadalova to beat Michigan's State's Whitney Wilson and Christine Bader on March 28, marking the 100th doubles victory of her career. She has already blown past her previous season-best win totals in both singles and doubles this season, piling up 27 singles W's and a whopping 35 doubles wins in her final year donning the Cream and Crimson.

    The Hoosiers' have good team depth and it is showcased by the records posted from the No. 4-No. 6 singles positions thus far. Combined, the final three singles slots are 48-15 (76.2%) on the year.




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