Final Homestand for Women's Tennis Has Arrived
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.
"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.
DOWN THE STRETCH
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.
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.
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.
WILLIAMS HITS THE CENTURY MARK
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