May 5, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
The Indiana University women's tennis team finished the 2008-09 season ranked 47th nationally with an overall record of 14-10, 6-5 in conference matches. Off the court, women's tennis earned the Herbert Cup for both semesters, given to the athletic program with the highest team GPA.
SPEAKING OF THE HERBERT CUP...
Women's Tennis not only won the academic award for the fall and spring semesters this season, but also garnered the honor for spring `08, marking three consecutive semesters and counting.
BRING IT ON
Indiana did not shy away from facing much of the country's top teams this season. Seven opponents were ranked in the top-25 when they took on the Hoosiers in 2008-09. Indiana's biggest win was arguably a 4-3 victory over #23 Wake Forest on Feb. 28. After dropping the doubles point, IU battled back to snag four of six singles matches and take the triumph over the nationally-ranked Demon Deacons.
The Hoosiers defeated Purdue, 4-3, on March 28. The win, combined with a victory by the men's tennis team over the Boilermakers on that same day, clinched the 2008-09 Crimson & Gold Cup. With six meetings between IU and Purdue still remaining at that point, the Hoosiers 10.5 to 3.5 point lead was insurmountable.
HOOSIERS WIN THE CLOSE ONES
Indiana won seven of eight matches ending in a 4-3 score. The Hoosiers' ability to excel in tight situations is exemplified by the fact that on four different occasions Indiana responded after losing the doubles point and winning four singles matches for 4-3 team victories.
SEE YA SENIORS
A trio of seniors in Alba Berdala, Sigrid Fischer and Stephanie Heller played their final season donning the Cream and Crimson in '08-`09. During their four years in Bloomington this trifecta tallied some impressive career numbers, including:
194 singles wins, 184 doubles wins
a 73-34 overall team record (.682), 32-14 Big Ten team record (.721)
Three NCAA Tournament appearances, two trips to the NCAA second round
ON THE BRINK OF ANOTHER MILESTONE
With 24 matches this season, Head Coach Lin Loring has now coached 999 career matches, including 930 at Indiana. Therefore, Coach Loring will hit the millennium mark after the season opener next year, marking the 1,000th career match.
His 733 wins are the most in Division-I women's tennis history, a whopping 139 victories ahead of second place.
Sophomore Katya Zapadalova took a big step in her second season as a Hoosier. The Yaroslavl, Russia native played No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles in all 24 matches this year, compiling a total of 15 wins during the dual-match season.
Zapadalova was named the Big Ten Player of the Week on Jan. 27 after posting a 4-0 record over the weekend. She took all four matches in straight sets, leading the Hoosiers to a pair of 7-0 sweeps over Marquette and Ball State.
Megan Matter enrolled at IU for the spring semester and jumped immediately into the starting line-up. The true freshman won her first five career singles matches and five of her first six doubles contests as a Hoosier.