Hureau's Championship Run Ends, but Will Return as an All-American
May 27, 2011
STANFORD, Calif. - Indiana's Leslie Hureau's run in the 2011 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Championship came to an end on Friday as she fell to No. 17 Lauren Embree of Florida, 6-1, 6-0, in the round of 16. It was an amazing run for the sophomore as she traveled to Stanford as a third alternate and will return to Bloomington as an All-American.
Hureau began her journey to California not knowing if she would even be playing, but the day before the singles tournament began, she found out the news that she would be vying for singles National Championship.
"I trained for three weeks to get prepared no matter what," Hureau said. "You really don't know if you are going to get in or not, but it was a great feeling knowing I would have the opportunity when I found out on Tuesday."
In her first round match, the No. 63-ranked Hureau outlasted No. 45 Byrnn Boren of Tennessee in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5). Hureau faced a 5-3 deficit in the final set before winning three of the next four games to tie the it at 6-6 to force a tiebreaker. In an exciting finish, Hureau won the tiebreaker by a 7-5 margin to earn a spot in the round of 32.
During second round action, the Annecy-le-Vieux, France, native dropped the first set again to begin the match. However, Hureau did not let the setback faze her as she rallied in sets two and three to take down No. 33 Anouk Tigu of Arkansas, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. The victory put Hureau in the Sweet 16 of the tournament, and with reaching that round, she earned All-America Honors in singles play. She became the first singles All-American for IU women's tennis since Deborah Edelman and Stephanie Reece each earned that honor in 1992.
"I was born in 1991, so I understand it has been a while," Hureau said. "It was unexpected. I got a text at 5 a.m. California time the next morning from (IU Vice President and Director of Athletics) Fred Glass and I woke up to that message. After reading it, I just sat there and it really sunk in as I thought about it, it is a good feeling."
Hureau ends her sophomore campaign with a 26-11 singles record, earning All-America and First Team All-Big Ten honors along the way. She will return next season for Head Coach Lin Loring along with fellow First Team All-Big Ten selection Evgeniya Vertesheva as well as three letterwinners from the 2010-11 season in Kayla Fujimoto, Sophie Garre and Diana Kyllman. The women's tennis program will also welcome five newcomers to the roster, which together make up the No. 6 recruiting class in the country for 2011.
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