Spring Season Just Around the Corner
Dec. 8, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - With just over a month before the start of the IU Women's Tennis spring season, it's time to take a quick look back and see how the Hoosiers fared during the fall slate.
As a team, the Hoosiers compiled an overall singles record of 51-21 (.708) while posting a doubles winning percentage of .718 (28-11) during the fall tournaments.
The team's two newest Hoosiers, Leslie Hureau and Evgeniya Vertesheva, made their mark right away by leading the team with 11 singles wins each. Hureau is 11-1 thus far, and Vertesheva is 11-2. Hureau was also a part of IU's top doubles squad, teaming with Myriam Sopel for a team-high 10 victories.
Indiana's first of four fall tournaments was held in Bloomington as IU hosted the Hoosier Invitational. All eight Hoosiers recorded winning singles records en route to a team singles total of 19-4. Charlotte Martin and Hureau each won their singles flight title. In doubles, IU dominated the competition. Three of four semifinalist teams were Indiana duos, and the Hoosiers won 12 of 15 doubles contests.
The Hoosiers then headed south for the University of North Florida Fall Invitational, where a pair of Hoosiers won singles flight crowns and the tandem of Hureau and Sopel took home the doubles flight championship.
Next up for Indiana was the ITA Regional in Cincinnati, Ohio. Three Hoosiers advanced to the round of 16 at the event, including Hureau, Sopel and Vertesheva.
Indiana concluded the fall by gathering 19 wins compared to just eight losses at the Western Michigan Super Challenge (13-5 singles, 6-3 doubles). Senior captain Lindsey Stuckey did not suffer a defeat all weekend long, going 3-0 in both singles and doubles play. The Greensboro, N.C., native, partnered with Megan Matter for doubles, dropped only 10 games in their three pro-set victories. Stuckey cruised in singles action, winning all three matches in straight sets with a 6-3 tally being her closest set played.
The dual match season will begin with home doubleheaders during the first three weekends. Indiana's first match against Western Michigan on Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. will be the 1,000th career match coached by Lin Loring. He enters the spring with a career record of 733-266, the most wins in Division-I women's tennis history.
Indiana is slated for an ultra-competitive spring schedule which starts by facing numerous top-notch nonconference foes. Showdowns with perennial national powers Tennessee, Kentucky, Duke and Notre Dame highlight the early season docket before Big Tin play gets started.
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