Women's Tennis

    Hoosiers Conclude Fall Campaign

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    Hoosiers Pleased with Fall Campaign
    1/font>Head Coach Lin Loring and Indiana concluded a successful fall campaign.

    The Indiana women's tennis team competed in five tournaments, including three in which they hosted at the IU Tennis Center and Outdoor Varsity Courts.

    "The fall is our development time," head coach Lin Loring said. "It was frustrating that some key players were out for extended periods. It limited us to what we could do, especially in doubles. Sarah Batty was only able to play one tournament, Brianna Williams missed about 10 days, Cecile Perton was out for two weeks and Amanda El-Tobgy missed three."

    In singles action, Zeder led the Hoosiers with an 11-3 record. Williams turned in an impressive fall campaign by winning nine of 12 matches. Laura McGaffigan, Perton and Vastag each won eight matches. Dominika Walterova won seven, while Batty went 3-1 in limited action.

    The biggest question facing the Hoosiers during the fall campaign was replacing all three of their doubles teams. IU used 12 different combinations during the fall season. The team of Walterova and Williams went 9-2, while Vastag and Perton added a 6-2 mark.

    The fall season started off at the Bronco Invitational on Sept. 17 in Kalamazoo, Mich. At the invitational, the Hoosiers compiled a 25-8 singles record, highlighted by three Hoosiers going undefeated. Perton and Zeder went 4-0, while Williams had a 3-0 mark.

    In doubles matches, IU won 13 out of 16 matches. The team of Walterova and Williams went 4-0, as did Batty and McGaffigan.

    The Hoosiers followed a successful Bronco Invitational, hosting the Hoosier Classic on Oct. 8-10, its first of three invitationals at the Outdoor Varsity Courts. At the Classic, in the flight "D" finals, Zeder defeated Erika Josbena of Missouri, 4-6, 7-5, 1-0 (9) to claim first place. For the tournament, IU won 12 of 15 matches. Three other Hoosiers finished second in their respective flights.

    In doubles, the team of McGaffigan and Zeder finished second. IU won 10 matches during the three-day tournament.

    Up next for the Hoosiers was the IU Fall Invitational, which was held Oct. 22-4 and the Oct. 21-26 ITA Midwest Regional in Minneapolis, Minn. The duo of McGaffigan and Dora Vastag were selected to represent the Hoosiers in Minneapolis.

    At the Midwest Regional, Vastag advanced to the round of 16 before falling to Alexis Prousis of Northwestern, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. She opened the tournament by defeating Irish Jaklin of Illinois-Chicago, 6-4, 6-3 and Notre Dame's Sarah Jane Connelly, 6-0, 6-2.

    McGaffigan won her first-round match over Lindsay Bryan of Ohio State, 6-3, 6-0, before falling to Katrina Thompson of Notre Dame, 6-2, 6-2.

    In doubles action, McGaffigan and Vastag advanced to the round of 16 after defeating the tandem of Kristin Messmer and Sonia Ruzimovsky of Ohio State, 8-2 and then outlasting Western Michigan's Carrie Jeanmaire and Reedhina Parekh of Western Michigan, 8-5. The duo fell to third-seed Hillary Mintz and Megan Racette of Iowa, 8-3.

    At the IU Fall Invitational on Oct. 22-24, the Hoosiers won nine singles and five doubles matches, as the team of Walterova and Williams took fifth place in the doubles flight.

    The final invitational of the fall campaign was the Indiana Invitational on Nov. 5-7. The Hoosiers won 17 singles and doubles matches in the three-day event. Williams highlighted the singles competition winning all three of her matches, while Zeder and Perton won three matches in doubles competition.

    "I was pleased with the progress we made when the players were on the court," Loring said. "They will need to work extra hard in the offseason so we will be ready in January."

    The Hoosiers are off until Jan. 22, when they host DePaul and Ball State in their season opener at the IU Tennis Center. The Hoosiers face the Blue Demons at 9:30 a.m. before taking on the Cardinals at 2:30 p.m.




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