Hoosiers Lose Match To No. 38 Minnesota 5-2
April 22, 2000 Hoosiers Lose Match To No. 38 Minnesota 5-2
Bloomington, IN - The women's tennis team rested most of their regular starters, but remained competitive in a 5-2 loss to 38h-ranked Minnesota 5-2 today. With the loss the Hoosiers dropped to 13-10 overall and 6-4 in the Big Ten, while the Golden Gophers improved to 15-5 overall and 6-3 in the Big Ten.
The 43rd-ranked Hoosiers took an early 1-0 advantage by winning two of the three doubles matches. At No. 2, Zahra Ahamed and Becky Wallihan were victorious in their match against Kim Simonsen and Tammy Wang 8-2. The win gave Ahamed her 90th career doubles victory. Indiana clinched the doubles point, as Jessica Anderson and Jennifer Hsia, playing at No. 1, defeated Sandra Olsen and Michaela Havelkova 8-4. At No. 3, Nicki Barnet and Amanda Field lost to Nora Sauska and Jennifer Howard 8-6.
In singles, the Hoosiers lost the first five matches finished to lose the match. After losing a match at No. 6 by default and losses by Field at No. 2 and Ann Poosuthasee at No. 3 the Hoosiers found themselves behind 3-1. The final three matches were taken into a third set with Indiana losing two of those three matches. At No. 5, Barnet lost in her first career Big Ten start to Wang 6-3,1-6,6-3 to give Minnesota the match. With the match already decided Hsia dropped a close three set match to Havelkova 6-1,3-6,6-3. Anderson, playing at No. 1, kept the Hoosiers from being shutout in singles matches with a victory over Olsen 5-7,6-3,6-4.
Head Coach Lin Loring said, "Actually we surprised ourselves. We sat out all of our injured players from the singles. We only had two starters in the singles and all new doubles teams. We took the doubles point, which really surprised us and we were really competitive in the singles. We had our No. 7, 8 and 9 players in the singles lineup and lost two close three-setters. I am really pleased with this performance. If there are not a lot of upsets this weekend, this will be the No. 4 and No. 5 match at the Big Ten. We would play them again next Friday and hopefully this time we will able to have everybody back in our lineup."
The Hoosiers will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan next weekend for the Big Ten Championships. The Hoosiers' opponent for next weekend will be decided after this weekends matches.
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