HOOSIERS OPEN SEASON UP STRONG
September 24, 1999 HOOSIERS OPEN SEASON UP STRONG
The Team Drops Only Three Matches At The Indiana
Bloomington, Ind.--The women's team looked impressive today as they only dropped three matches at the annual Indiana Fall Invitational today. The Hoosier players are competing against players from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, Ball State, Kansas, Marquette, Miami (OH), Notre Dame, Southern Illinois and Western Michigan in the three day tournament.
The Hoosiers started the day off with doubles. In Flight 1, seniors Jessica Anderson and Becky Wallihan went undefeated by taking both of their matches. They first knocked off Southern Illinois' Simona Petrutiu and Pamela Floro 9-7, before they defeated Cheryl Mallaiah and Tiffany Chang of Kansas 8-5. Also in Flight 1, the team of senior Zahra Ahamed and junior Kelly Blanch split their matches. They lost their first one to Kindal Shores and Gena Tranquada of Ball State 9-7, before bouncing back to defeat Laura Garcia and Julia Sapozhnikova of Marquette 8-4. In Flight 2, sophomore Ann Poosuthasee and freshman Jessica Levin looked impressive in both of their wins. They opened up with a win over Kendra Becker and Diana Dimitrescu 8-2, before shutting out Natalie Adams and Gwen Sikora of Miami (OH) 8-0. Freshman Karie Schlukebir and junior Jennifer Hsia, playing in Flight 2, split their matches. They first defeated Mindy Champion and Cyra Malik of Western Michigan 8-5, before losing to Lisa Mallaiah and Monica Sekulov of Kansas 8-2.
Indiana dropped only one singles match on the day and that was by default when Poosuthasee was unable to finish her match against Janet Baker of Miami (OH). In matches that were finished the Hoosiers took all seven that they played. In Flight 1, Anderson defeated Laura Garcia of Marquette 6-2,5-7,7-0. Zahra Ahamed, playing in Flight 2, was victorious over Western Michigan's Cyra Malik 6-1,6-2. Kelly Blanch battle back from a one-set deficit in Flight 3 to take her match over Diana Dimitrescu of Western Michigan 5-7, 6-2,6-2. In Flight 5, Levin defeated Anamaria Hodi 7-5,6-1. Hsia pulled out a three-set victory over Kansas' Lisa Mallaiah 6-7,76-3,7-6. In Flight 7, Wallihan defeated Southern Illinois' Monica Villarreal 6-2,5-7,6-0. Schlukebir, making her return to Indiana's tennis team after missing the entire dual match season, left off where she finished last year with a victory over Miami (OH)'s Ericka Echko 8-2.
Play will continue tomorrow with two rounds of doubles and one round of singles. Matches will take place at the Indiana University Varsity Courts and the Tennis Courts on the corner of Law Lane and N. Jordan Ave.
Coach Lin Loring, "It was a good first day for us. Hopefully, we learned from our mistakes. I'll be dissapointed if we don't play smarter, more intelligent tennis tomorrow."
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