Women's Tennis Fall Season in Review
Dec. 8, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - IUHoosiers.com takes a look back at the women's tennis fall season...
Head Coach Lin Loring, in his 32nd season guiding the IU women's tennis program, scheduled four tournaments for the Hoosiers during the fall season. Indiana competed in invitationals at Georgia and Vanderbilt, in addition to, a pair of home events.
A trio of Hoosiers, Charlotte Martin, Myriam Sopel and Lindsey Stuckey, led the way with seven singles wins apiece. Stuckey ended the fall season on a four-match winning streak. Stephanie Heller also posted a winning record on the singles court, going 6-3.
In doubles action, Indiana had two duos stand out. Sigrid Fischer and Katya Zapadalova will enter the spring season winners of their last four matches together, recording an 8-5 overall mark in the fall. Alba Berdala and Maria Guerreiro also ended the fall on a high note, winning their last three contests to improve to 6-3 on the season.
Indiana began the 2008-09 campaign at the University of Georgia's Bulldog Invitational, facing the toughest competition they would see in the fall. All seven schools in the competition are perennial NCAA Tournament qualifiers and the Hoosiers had only been able to get five practice days in before heading south. Despite that, Sopel still highlighted the weekend by securing a pair of singles victories.
The Hoosiers then returned home for the Hoosier Classic, where improvement was evident.
"Our goal this weekend was to see improvement from our last tournament down in Geogia a few weeks ago, and I thought we did," said Loring when interviewed after the Hoosier Classic. "Our doubles return of serves was better, down at our opponents' feet. In singles, our slice backhands were improved and our serving was a little better."
Next up, the Hoosiers packed their bags again and head south for the June Stewart Invitational hosted by Vanderbilt University. It marked the first tournament with draws, and Sopel reached the finals of her singles flight. Overall team improvement was shown once again down in Nashville...
"We saw improvement this weekend," said Loring about the weekend. "We played the majority of our matches against the two best teams in the tournament. The competition level was really good, which is what we wanted to get out of this tournament."
Indiana wrapped up the fall with their second home tournament, the IU Invitational. The Cream and Crimson won 13 of 22 singles matches over the weekend and went 6-4 in doubles play.
Fischer paced Indiana with five victories in the event. She teamed with Zapadalova to win go 3-for-3 in doubles action. Fischer also won two of three singles matches. Zapadalova added a singles triumph to her win column as well. Stuckey posted a perfect 3-0 mark in singles play.
IU returns to the court for the spring season-opener on Jan. 18 with a home doubleheader against Western Michigan (10 a.m.) and Miami of Ohio (3 p.m.).
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