Women's Tennis

    Indiana Starts Season Off Right With Wins at Deacon Classic

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Laura McGaffigan was one of eight winners for the Hoosiers at the Deacon Classic.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Laura McGaffigan was one of eight winners for the Hoosiers at the Deacon Classic.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Sept. 22, 2006

    Winston-Salem, N.C. - Eight Indiana women's tennis players won singles matches on the first day of the Deacon Classic at Wake Forest University, while two doubles pairs reached the finals of their respective flights.

    "We played well today," head coach Lin Loring said. "We basically won all the matches we were supposed to win. It's going to get a lot tougher the next two days because we will probably face players from Ohio State and Wake Forest. We expect to be playing a lot against them. We're going to have to raise our level of play to be successful the next few days."

    In flight "A" singles, senior Laura McGaffigan defeated Kerry Snow of Dartmouth 6-3, 6-2. Sophomore Sigrid Fischer defeated Dartmouth's Lindsay Winingham 6-2, 6-2.

    Flight "B" saw junior Brianna Williams and senior Cecile Perton move into the second round. Williams earned a 6-2, 6-3 win over Tara Byrne of East Tennessee State, while Perton took down Kathy Robey of Charlotte in three sets, 6-2, 2-6, 6-0.

    Freshman Lindsey Stuckey and sophomore Alba Berdala advanced in flight "C." Stuckey won 6-2, 6-0 against Stephanie Smith of Kansas, while Berdala topped East Tennessee State's Vita Moskaliova, 6-0, 6-0.

    In flight "D," sophomore Stephanie Heller conquered Elizabeth Warnack of Dartmouth 6-1, 6-1. Freshman Erin Clark also earned her first win with a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Brittany Stewart of East Tennessee State.

    Sophomore Marah Calvo, who is also competing in flight "D," was the only player to have a bye on the first day of singles competition. She takes on Carolina Huignard of Syracuse on Saturday in her first singles match of the year.

    In doubles, the team of Williams and Fischer earned two wins in flight "A" to reach the finals. They earned a hard-fought 8-6 win over Syracuse's Victoria Vaynberg and Olga Votavova, then defeated Lindsay Winingham and Jesse Adler of Dartmouth, 8-2.

    In flight "B" doubles, McGaffigan and Perton also reached the finals. They first beat Kathy Robey and Yana Stoeva of Charlotte, 8-0, and cruised to a 8-2 win over Syracuse's Maria Vasilyeva and Katie Bramante.

    Stuckey and Berdala also won two doubles matches in flight "C." The duo earned a 8-1 win over Whitney Trotter and Brittany Stewart of East Tennessee State, as well as a 8-1 win over Dartmouth's Danielle Murray and Carley Markovitz.

    Also in flight "C" doubles, Calvo and Clark played Vita Moskaloiova and Elena Volobueva to a tiebreaker point before falling 9-8.

    Competition continues tomorrow at Wake Forest and continues through Sunday. Complete results will be posted on IUHOOSIERS.com at the end of each day.




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