Hureau Reaches Sweet 16, Earns All-America Honors
May 26, 2011
STANFORD, Calif - Indiana women's tennis player and No. 63-ranked Leslie Hureau (26-10) put together another win in the NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship on Thursday over No. 33 Anouk Tigu of Arkansas, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. The victory puts Hureau in the Sweet 16 of the tournament, and with reaching that round, gives her All-America honors in singles play.
Hureau becomes a part of the Hoosier record books, as she is the first Indiana women's tennis player to become a singles All-American since Deborah Edelman and Stephanie Reece each earned that honor in 1992.
"There are very few singles All-Americans in college tennis," Head Coach Lin Loring said. "You have to finish ranked in the top 20 of the computer rankings, or reach the final 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship. So out of more than 3,000 DI singles players, Leslie is one of only 21 or 22 All-Americans."
Similar to her first round match on Wednesday, Hureau fell behind early and dropped the first set to Tigu, 6-2. She bounced back strong taking the second set, 6-3. This time around, she didn't need the tiebreaker and led throughout the third set eventually winning it, 6-4.
"This was a really amazing performance by Leslie. She lost the toenail on her big toe in the first round match," Loring said. "But she found a way to win, it is as simple as that. Now she is an All-American. I couldn't be more pleased for her. She is a wonderful representative of IU and our program."
Associate Head Coach Ramiro Azcui traveled along with Hureau to Stanford for this week's championships. He too is pleased with her performance.
"What a week for Leslie," Azcui said. "She earned the opportunity to be out here as an alternate and is now an All-American. This is such a great experience for her. Coach Loring and myself are proud of her accomplishments and she has earned it with her hard work all season long, and it's paying off at the right time."
Hureau will now face No. 17 Lauren Embree from this year's national team champion, Florida. The match is set to take place at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. For live scoring and video, visit the Tournament Central website below.
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