Women's Tennis

    Hoosiers Tripped Up In Big Ten Quarterfinals

    Go Hoosiers! Laura McGaffigan pushed her overall singles record to 26-11 with a win at the Big Ten Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Laura McGaffigan pushed her overall singles record to 26-11 with a win at the Big Ten Championships.
    Go Hoosiers!
    EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 2-seeded Indiana women's tennis team lost 4-2 to No. 7 Michigan in the quarterfinal round of the Big Ten Championship at the MSU Tennis Center Friday afternoon. With the loss, the Hoosiers fall to 14-11 on the season.

    "We competed so hard during the regular season, I feel like we ran out of gas today," Indiana head coach Lin Loring. "We played hard today, but both teams are fairly even. It's extremely hard to beat a team twice in one season, especially one that is so evenly matched to us [Indiana] as Michigan is."

    The Cream and Crimson secured the doubles point, but the Wolverines won four of the next five singles matches to grab the contest.

    Michigan won the initial doubles contest of the day as the team of junior Debra Streifler and sophomore Elizabeth Exon bettered senior Dora Vastag and sophomore Cecile Perton, 8-4, at No. 3.

    The Hoosiers evened the tandem competition with a victory from sophomore Laura McGaffigan and freshman Brianna Williams at No. 2. The duo downed senior Leanne Rutherford and freshman Allie Shafner by the score of 8-5. The Indiana twosome moved to 12-9 on the year.

    Indiana secured the doubles point as senior Dominika Walterova and junior Sarah Batty rolled over Kara Delicata and Michelle DaCosta, ranked 21st in the nation, 9-8 (5), at the top spot. The IU duo has their number, as they beat the Michigan pair last weekend, April 22, when they were ranked 26th in the country. Walterova and Batty have won seven of their last eight matches and are now 10-5 for the spring.

    McGaffigan pushed the Hoosiers ahead 2-0 with a 7-6 (2), 6-1 win over Delicata at No. 3. The Davenport, Iowa, native is now 26-11 on the year.

    The Wolverines claimed the next four matches and the affair. Stifler bested Williams, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 5, Rutherford downed Walterova at No. 4, 6-2, 6-3, Exon edged Batty, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 2, and junior Nina Yaftali tripped up Perton, 7-6 (2), 6-3, at No. 6.

    The Hoosiers will now await the NCAA Selection Show on Thursday, May 4, at 4:30 p.m. (EST) to determine their postseason participation.

    No. 7 Michigan 4, No. 2 Indiana 2
    East Lansing, Mich.
    MSU Tennis Center

    No. 1 Sarah Batty/Dominika Walterova (IU) def. Michelle DaCosta/Kara Delicata (UM) 9-8(5)
    No. 2 Laura McGaffigan/Brianna Williams (IU) def. Leanne Rutherford/Allie Shafner (UM) 8-5
    No. 3 Elizabeth Exon/Debra Streifler (UM) def. Cecile Perton/Dora Vastag (IU) 8-4
    Order of finish: 3, 2, 1

    No. 1 Michelle DaCosta (UM) vs. Dora Vastag (IU) 6-4, 5-6 abandoned
    No. 2 Elizabeth Exon (UM) def. Sarah Batty (IU) 6-4, 6-2
    No. 3 Laura McGaffigan (IU) def. Kara Delicata (UM) 7-6 (2), 6-1
    No. 4 Leanne Rutherford (UM) def. Dominika Walterova (IU) 6-2, 6-3
    No. 5 Debra Stifler (UM) def. Brianna Williams (IU) 6-2, 6-4
    No. 6 Nina Yaftali (UM) def. Cecile Perton (IU) 7-6 (2), 6-3
    Order of finish: 3, 5, 4, 2, 6




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