McGaffigan and Berdala Named All-Big Ten, Loring Coach of the Year
April 26, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Senior Laura McGaffigan and sophomore Alba Berdala were named to the 2007 women's tennis All-Big Ten team, the conference office announced today. In addition, head coach Lin Loring earned his fourth Big Ten Coach of the Year award.
"I'm extremely happy for both young ladies," Loring said. "For Laura, it's a culmination of four years of hard work. She is very deserving of this honor. For Alba, I'm pleased the the coaches have recognized the improvement she has made this past year, going from No. 5 singles her freshman year to our No. 1 player this year. Both are very deserving and this is a nice compliment to our program."
McGaffigan and Berdala have made their biggest mark this year at No. 1 doubles. The duo upset the 13th-ranked team of Georgia Rose and Alexis Prousis of Northwestern, as well as the 45th-ranked team of Brooke Beier and Mallory Voelker of Purdue. McGaffigan and Berdala are currently ranked 60th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) doubles rankings.
McGaffigan earned an 8-2 record in Big Ten singles action at No. 2. Both losses came in three sets to nationally ranked opponents. The Davenport, Iowa, native is 22-14 in singles this year.
Berdala is 5-5 in the Big Ten and 19-16 overall at No. 1 singles. She moved up to No. 1 this season after playing primarily at No. 4 and 5 last year.
Loring, in his 30th season at Indiana, led the Hoosiers to a 9-1 Big Ten record (19-5 overall). Before the year began, Indiana was projected to finish in the middle of the conference before surprising everyone to finish second. Loring is the NCAA's all-time winningest women's tennis coach, with 696 career wins to his credit.
"We've had a lot of teams that have exceeded expectations at IU, but this team might take the cake," Loring said.
In addition, senior Cecile Perton was chosen as Indiana's Sportsmanship Award honoree. She is now a candidate for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award. The Big Ten honors one male and one female student-athlete from each institution at the end of the school year.
The Hoosiers, ranked 25th in the latest ITA poll, take on Minnesota in their first match of the Big Ten Championship at 3 p.m. EDT.
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