2006 Women's Tennis Fall Recap
Dec. 20, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Indiana women's tennis team had a competitive fall tournament season in preparation for the spring dual-match portion of the season.
"We definitely saw improvement over the fall," head coach Lin Loring said. "The team worked on a lot of individual things to improve certain parts of their games. We need each player to make a small jump if we are going to make a big jump as a team in the spring."
Freshmen Lindsey Stuckey and Erin Clark each had 10 wins to lead the team during the fall. Stuckey (10-5) was very strong during her inaugural campaign, competing in the ITA Midwest Regional qualifying bracket, and winning three matches to move on to the main draw. She also won her flight at the Western Michigan Super Challenge.
Clark (10-2) had a strong showing at the ITA Midwest Regional, winning two matches. She also won three matches at the Western Michigan Super Challenge.
Sophomore Alba Berdala earned a 6-5 record on the fall. Her biggest win was a 6-1, 6-3 victory over 37th-ranked Inga Beermann of Virginia Tech. At the ITA Midwest Regional, she defeated Kali Krisic of Notre Dame, who is one of the top incoming players for the top-10 ranked Irish.
Senior Laura McGaffigan (7-5) and junior Brianna Williams (4-7) showed tenacity throughout the fall, both playing numerous matches into three sets. Sophomore Stephanie Heller (9-3) reached the finals of her flight at the Hoosier Invitational before falling in the final round.
In doubles, the team of Fischer and Perton led the Hoosiers with a 6-3 record. They went 3-1 at the Hoosier Invitational, rebounding to win three straight after falling in the first round. Stuckey and Berdala (5-4) reached the finals of their doubles bracket at the Deacon Classic. McGaffigan and Williams (4-5) teamed up to make the semifinals of the Hoosier Invitational. Calvo and Clark (2-6) also competed in doubles throughout the fall.
"We still have a long ways to go before we will be a competitive team when you consider our schedule," Loring said. "Doubles is an area we need to keep improving. This is the first year we haven't had a doubles team ranked in our region or nationally. Hopefully the girls will work hard over the winter break so we will be ready to go in January."
The Hoosiers open the dual-match season on Sunday, Jan. 14, against Western Michigan and Miami (Ohio).
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