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IU splits Big Ten matches with win at Iowa, loss at Nebraska

The No. 32 IU women’s tennis team split its Big Ten matches against Iowa and No. 13 Nebraska (18-3, 7-0) during the weekend. The Hoosiers defeated the Hawkeyes 6-1 Friday evening and suffered a 5-2 loss to the Cornhuskers on Sunday.

IU Coach Lin Loring said defeating Iowa was a great road win for IU because the Hawkeyes are tough to play at home.

“They had match points on Notre Dame when the Irish were No. 19 in the country,” he said.

The No. 34 doubles team of Ruth Seaborne and Morven McCulloch bested sophomore Carolyn Chupa and senior Leslie Hureau 8-4.

IU won the No. 2 and No. 3 matches to earn the doubles point. Sophomores Shannon Murdy and Alecia Kauss topped Christina Harazin and Katie Zordani 8-1 in the No. 2 match. Sophomore Katie Klyczek and junior Sophie Garre defeated Annette Dohanics and Caitlin Hindmarsh 8-4.

The Hoosiers controlled the singles matches by winning five of the six matches. In the No. 1 position, No. 111 Leslie Hureau bested No. 85 Seaborne 6-3, 6-2. No. 112 Katie Klyczek topped Shelby Talcott 7-6, 6-4 in the No. 2 singles match. Chupa, Kauss and Garre won their matches in consecutive sets in the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 matches, respectively. Iowa’s lone singles win was in the No. 6 match, when Hindmarsh defeated Murdy 6-4, 6-4.

“We struggled the first half hour of the doubles,” Loring said. “No. 3 came back from 3-0 down to win the doubles point for us. Then we won some very close first sets in singles and never let them back in the match.”

Nebraska won the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches. The No. 3 match was not finished. The No. 11 doubles team of Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova defeated Hureau and Chupa 8-0 in the No. 1 match. In the No. 2 position, Stefanie Weinstein and Janine Weinreich topped Kauss and Murdy 8-6.

Nebraska then jumped out to a 5-0 lead by winning the first four singles matches. Weinstein bested Chupa 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 3 spot.

Veresova topped No. 112 Klyczek 6-2, 6-2 and No. 13 Weatherholt secured the victory for the Cornhuskers when she defeated No. 111 Hureau 7-5, 6-0. Weinreich earned Nebraska’s fifth and final point when she bested Kauss 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. Garre and senior Jithmie Jayawickrema won the No. 5 and No. 6 matches, respectively, in consecutive sets to bring the final score to 5-2.

With the victory against IU, Nebraska kept its perfect Big Ten record alive to stay atop the standings. After last weekend’s matches, IU is 15-6 overall this season and 4-3 in the conference. The Hoosiers will play Minnesota next Saturday and Wisconsin on Sunday at the IU Tennis Center.

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No. 40 IU women’s tennis wins two matches on road trip to Michigan

The No. 40 Indiana women’s tennis team earned its second and third consecutive Big Ten victories over the weekend during its road trip to the Great Lakes State. The Hoosiers notched their eighth 7-0 victory of the season in East Lansing, Mich. against Michigan State on Saturday and followed it up with a 5-2 win against No. 10 Michigan on Sunday.

“It’s kind of indescribable,” IU Coach Lin Loring said.

IU improved its overall record to 14-5 and the Hoosiers’ 3-2 Big Ten record gives the team sole possession of fifth place in the conference.

The Hoosiers won the doubles point against Michigan State by winning the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches. Sophomore Carolyn Chupa and senior Leslie Hureau defeated Marina Bohrer/Catherine Parenteau 8-1 in the No. 1 match. Sophomores Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy topped Nicole Herzog/Michaela Silesova 9-8 in the No. 2 position.

IU swept the singles matches and won five of them in straight sets. No. 111 Hureau bested Bohrer 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 1 match. No. 112 Katie Klyczek , a sophomore who won the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week earlier in March, defeated Parenteau 6-4, 6-1.

“We still had trouble closing out both singles and doubles matches that we were leading,” IU Coach Loring said. “On the positive side, we got to play an outdoor match and we got a win in a match we had to have.”

Loring said that Indiana got lucky that the match against Michigan State was outdoors because the Spartans’ outdoor courts are slower than their indoor courts.

“It couldn’t have worked out better to play Michigan State outdoors,” he said. “Not only because the court speed helped us get ready for Michigan but we also got in an outdoor match and at this time of the year, you’re never sure if you’re going to get in an outdoor match.”

Katie Klyczek said that it was challenging at first going from inside to outside. She said that it gave the team a good outdoor practice and that it may have helped an IU team that plays better outdoors.

After Indiana’s match at Michigan State, the Hoosiers traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich. for Sunday’s dual match against the No. 10 Michigan Wolverines.

The Wolverines had won eight consecutive matches entering Sunday, including victories against No. 14 Texas, No. 2 Duke, No. 16 Notre Dame, and No. 17 Purdue.

IU ended Michigan’s win streak by winning the doubles point and four of the six singles matches.

“I’m really proud of the way we competed,” IU Coach Loring said. “We just kept running down balls and making them hit one more. We haven’t had two top wins in the same year in quite some time.”

Michigan’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender defeated Hureau/Chupa 8-1 in the No. 1 match. However, Indiana fought back to win the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Garre/Klyczek topped Mimi Nguyen/Kristen Dodge 8-2 in the No. 3 spot and Kauss/Murdy gave IU a 1-0 lead when they bested No. 49 Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee 8-4 in the No. 2 match.

The Wolverines tied the match when No. 20 Bektas defeated No. 111 Hureau 6-1, 6-4 and then took a 2-1 when Amy Zhu bested senior Jithmie Jayawickrema 6-3, 6-2.

IU finished the match strong by winning the final four singles matches, which included three victories in three sets and two defeats of ranked opponents. In the No. 2 match, No. 112 Klyczek bested No. 39 Yurovsky 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. Chupa topped No. 76 Lee 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4) in the No. 3 spot.

“It’s pretty exciting, especially after all of our 4-3 losses, to finally win and see all of our hard work pay off,” Klyczek said.

“What makes it more remarkable is that neither one was at home,” IU Coach Loring said. “When we are firing on all cylinders we tough to beat.”

Loring said that tiebreakers finally went Indiana’s way and that the match against Michigan could not have been closer. He said that everyone will now know that IU’s win over No. 2 Duke was not a fluke after the Hoosiers defeated another top 10 opponent.

“We just kept our confidence and believed in ourselves and fought as hard as we could and good things happened,” Klyczek said. “It definitely helped with our confidence and made us realize that we really can do it once we work hard.”

Indiana will play on the road again next weekend when the team travels to face No. 69 Iowa and No. 12 Nebraska.

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Hoosiers trek through Michigan this weekend

Fresh off its first Big Ten win against then-No. 53 Ohio State, the No. 40 IU women’s tennis team will face Michigan State and No. 10 Michigan on the road this weekend. The Hoosiers will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to play against the Spartans on Saturday followed by a dual match in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sunday against the Wolverines. Both dual matches will start at 11 a.m.

The Hoosiers (12-5, 1-2) are tied for sixth place in the Big Ten. This week, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranked two Hoosiers in the top-125 singles players in the country. Senior Leslie Hureau reappeared in the rankings at No. 111 after cracking the top 50 last fall. Sophomore Katie Klyczek made her Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings debut at No. 112.

While Hureau and junior Sophie Garre did not play together in doubles last weekend, they are the No. 61 tandem in the nation, according to the ITA.

IU Coach Lin Loring said IU changed all of its doubles combinations last season in the week before the Big Ten Tournament, and he said the team wanted to start earlier this year.

“We just felt like we needed to experiment and try some (doubles combinations),” he said. “We just can’t be afraid to experiment with our doubles because our singles has been so much better than our doubles this year. With the exception of Tennessee, we’ve pretty much split singles with everybody.”

Loring said the Hoosiers’ doubles combinations Friday against Penn State may have cost IU the match after a 4-3 defeat, but he said Sunday’s doubles tandems may have won the match against Ohio State.

Michigan State (10-8, 0-3) is tied for 11th in the Big Ten. The DePaul Blue Demons are the only common opponent between the Spartans and the Hoosiers. DePaul defeated Michigan State 6-1 and IU knocked DePaul off 4-3. The Spartans are on a five-match losing streak and have scored only six points over that stretch.

“Michigan State is one of the weaker programs in the conference, but it’s really hard to play there because their courts are lightning fast,” Loring said. “I don’t think they’ve resurfaced them in 15 years. It’s like playing on a gym floor. Assuming that we’re playing indoors up there, that’s what we have to adjust to is the speed of the courts.”

Michigan (12-3, 3-0) is tied atop the conference. The Wolverines have defeated No. 23 Tennessee, No. 16 Notre Dame, No. 19 Vanderbilt, No. 24 Texas and No. 7 Duke this season. Michigan has three singles players ranked in the top-80 spots of the ITA rankings. No. 29 Emina Bektas, No. 39 Ronit Yurovsky and No. 76 Sarah Lee lead the Wolverines.

Bektas and Brooke Bolender are the No. 2 doubles combination in the country. The duo of Lee and Yurovsky is ranked No. 49.

Michigan has collected four Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honors. Yurovsky has been recognized twice with her teammates Bektas and Lee each earning the award once.

“Their courts are very slow, which is fine,” Loring said. “It’s like playing outdoors, and we obviously played well outdoors in Vegas so the speed of the Michigan courts should not be an issue.”

“The issue will be playing on Saturday on very fast courts and then making a quick adjustment to the slow courts.”

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No. 60 Indiana faces No. 2 Duke in Las Vegas

The No. 60 Indiana University women’s tennis team will face its toughest competition of the season on Friday when the Hoosiers face No. 2 Duke in Las Vegas, Nev. at 10:30 a.m.

The Blue Devils are 9-2 this season. Their only losses were against No. 8 North Carolina and on the road against No. 13 Michigan. Duke’s wins were in dual matches against No. 74 Wisconsin, No. 60 Wyoming, No. 15 Baylor, No. 14 Northwestern, No. 2 Florida and No. 19 Notre Dame.

The Blue Devils have five ranked singles players. In singles, Duke boasts No. 16 Hanna Mar, No. 35 Ester Goldfeld, No. 84 Marianne Jodoin, No. 88 Mary Clayton and No. 119 Monica Turewicz. In doubles, Clayton/Goldfeld are No. 11 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings.

IU has the No. 52 doubles tandem of senior Leslie Hureau and junior Sophie Garre.

Indiana is 10-4 entering the dual match and will put its perfect record on neutral courts on the line against Duke.

The two teams have played on an annual basis since the 2003-04 season and the match location has alternated between Durham, N.C. and Bloomington, Ind. before this year’s match in Las Vegas, Nev.

Over that time span, Duke is 9-0 against Indiana and the Hoosiers have never earned more than two points in a single dual match against the Blue Devils.

Hoosiers begin Big Ten schedule

After starting the spring season with a 10-3 record, the IU women’s tennis team kicks off its Big Ten schedule with a dual match Saturday against No. 21 Purdue in West Lafayette. The Hoosiers are riding a two-match win streak after defeating No. 66 DePaul and UNC-Wilmington last weekend.

The Boilermakers are 6-1 this season with four wins against ranked opponents.

Purdue defeated No. 32 Washington State, No. 19 Notre Dame, No. 45 Kansas State and No. 65 Wichita State in dual matches.

In addition to Notre Dame, IU and Purdue have one other common opponent. Both teams defeated Marshall 6-1 in February in Huntington, W. Va. Purdue’s lone loss was a 4-3 match against No. 14 Northwestern.

Despite being ranked fourteenth as a team in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings, Purdue does not have a ranked singles player or doubles combination.

IU’s pair of French players, senior Leslie Hureau and junior Sophie Garre, is ranked No. 44.

According to IUHoosiers.com, IU has a 53-5 all-time record against Purdue, but the Hoosiers have lost the past two matches against the Boilermakers.

In the 2011-12 season, IU tied for seventh with a 4-7 conference record, and Purdue placed fifth with a 6-5 record in the Big Ten.

In last spring’s Big Ten Women’s Tennis Tournament, IU, the No. 7 seed, defeated No. 10 Wisconsin 4-0 before falling to No. 2 Michigan 4-2 in the quarterfinals. No. 5 Purdue topped No. 12 Michigan State, No. 4 Nebraska and No. 1  Northwestern before upsetting Michigan 4-3 in the Big Ten Championship, which was the first time the Boilermakers have won the championship.

The in-state rivals will face off 11 a.m. Saturday at the Schwartz Tennis Center.

IU women’s tennis ends losing streak, wins two matches on Sunday

After losing three consecutive 4-3 dual matches, the IU women’s tennis team bounced back with a 4-3 win against No. 66 DePaul and a 7-0 victory over UNC-Wilmington at the IU Tennis Center on Sunday.

The Hoosiers took an early lead against DePaul by winning the doubles point for their tenth time this season.

IU Coach Lin Loring said that winning the doubles point is very important in close matches because he said it is difficult to win four or more singles matches against any team.

“Pretty much all of the good teams these days are splitting singles three to three,” he said. “Even though the doubles is just one point, in all of these matches it is turning out to be a really important point.”

Indiana lost the doubles point in its previous two matches against Kentucky and Notre Dame, which put them in an early deficit in both dual matches. This time, it was Indiana who took the early lead and IU Coach Loring said that is was especially important for IU to win the doubles point because DePaul Coach Mark Ardizzone tried three new doubles combinations against the Hoosiers.

“We didn’t know what to expect in the doubles because he’s looking for answers in the doubles,” Loring said.

The Blue Demons took the No. 2 doubles match when Patricia Fargas/Kelsey Lawson blanked sophomores Katie Klyczek and Carolyn Chupa 8-0.

“I think his best team may have been at two,” IU Coach Loring said. “He didn’t do it on purpose but I think his two team played really well. We were never in that match.”

Indiana responded in the No. 3 match when sophomores Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy topped Zaina Sufi/Ana Vladutu 8-2.

IU won the doubles point after the Hoosiers’ No. 44 doubles team of senior Leslie Hureau and junior Sophie Garre defeated DePaul’s Matea Cutura/Jarret Fisher 8-5 in the No. 1 match.

“Winning the doubles point was huge and it helped us going into the singles and we were pretty confident,” Garre said.

She said that Indiana tried to play with as much energy as possible in the doubles matches.

“In singles, we started pretty well, especially in the first set one every court,” Garre said. “It helps when you watch the scoreboard and see that everybody is doing well in the first set.”

The Hoosiers extended their lead when Garre bested Fisher in the No. 5 singles match. In the final game, Fisher had a deuce advantage twice but Garre fought back. Ultimately, Garre’s forehand proved to be too strong for the DePaul freshman to handle and she won the match 6-0, 6-2.

Chupa followed in suit with a victory over Lawson in straight sets in the No. 4 match, which gave Indiana a 3-0 lead.

DePaul earned its first point of the match when Vladutu defeated Kauss 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 3 match.

In the No. 6 singles match, Murdy gained the advantage at deuce with a lob over the head of Sufi that fell just within the confines of the court. Other than the low hum of the IU Tennis Center’s heater and the sound of forehands and backhands being traded across the court, there was silence. It was the game, set and match point for a team that had fallen on the wrong end of three competitive 4-3 matches. Murdy held off an attempted comeback by Sufi and won the singles match 6-3, 6-4, which secured the win for Indiana. This time the Hoosiers were on the winning end of a 4-3 match.

“I told the girls after the first one that we’re going to have a whole bunch the rest of the year and sooner or later one will go our way,” IU Coach Loring said. “This is a match we could have lost because they’re a very good team. It was just nice to win a 4-3 match.”

IU Coach Loring said that the Hoosiers have played very good singles and doubles tennis as a team this season. He compared IU’s three consecutive 4-3 losses to a basketball team losing on a buzzer beater.

“If you lose on a three-pointer on the buzzer, you don’t have to re-invent your offense and defense,” he said. “We haven’t changed our doubles teams and we haven’t done a lot different because we’ve just been a little bit unlucky with the way some of those 4-3 matches fell. Literally, we’re probably 12 points away from being undefeated this season.”

After defeating DePaul, IU Coach Loring said that Indiana needed to come out with energy against UNC-Wilmington in order to win. He said that the Seahawks are very solid and that they lost 4-3 to William & Mary, who he said is always a top 50 team.

“They’ve struggled in some other matches but we know they’re good and if we just show up, it’s not going to be good enough,” he said. “If we play as well as we did in this first match, I don’t think that it will be really close. If we don’t play as well as we did in this match, they’re going to make us hit a lot of balls and they’re going to put a lot of balls back in the court. We’ve just got to be ready to stay out there longer than we want to stay out there.”

Garre said that it was a great feeling to win after suffering three close losses in the previous two weekends but she said that IU needed to focus on recovering for its match against UNC-Wilmington.

“We need to bring a lot of intensity,” she said. “We’re playing really well since the beginning of the season so we’re pretty confident with our game. We just need to stick with our game plan and we should be fine.”

And the Hoosiers did just that en route to their seventh 7-0 victory of the season.

In doubles, IU lost only six games in its three wins. Indiana followed up its strong start to the match by winning five singles matches in straight sets. Hureau defeated UNC-Wilmington’s Angie Sekely in the No. 1 position 6-7, 7-6, 11-9. In the No. 2 match, Klyczek topped Alyssa Ritchie 6-3, 6-2.

IU Coach Loring said that the Hoosiers had two good wins on Sunday.

“The UNCW match was a real gut check for us,” Loring said. “The whole team was coming off being sick this week and we used a lot of energy in our first match. We had to dig deep because they hit a lot of balls back. Many of the scores don’t indicate how long the points were.”

IU women’s tennis ends three-match losing streak against DePaul

After losing three consecutive 4-3 dual matches, the IU women’s tennis team bounced back with a 4-3 win against No. 66 DePaul at the IU Tennis Center on Sunday. It was the first of two matches on the day for the Hoosiers, who face UNC-Wilmington on Sunday evening.

The Hoosiers took an early lead by winning the doubles point for their tenth time this season.

IU Coach Lin Loring said that winning the doubles point is very important in close matches because he said it is difficult to win four or more singles matches against any team.

“Pretty much all of the good teams these days are splitting singles three to three,” he said. “Even though the doubles is just one point, in all of these matches it is turning out to be a really important point.”

Indiana lost the doubles point in its previous two matches against Kentucky and Notre Dame, which put them in an early deficit in both dual matches. This time, it was Indiana who took the early lead and IU Coach Loring said that is was especially important for IU to win the doubles point because DePaul Coach Mark Ardizzone tried three new doubles combinations against the Hoosiers.

“We didn’t know what to expect in the doubles because he’s looking for answers in the doubles,” Loring said.

The Blue Demons took the No. 2 doubles match when Patricia Fargas/Kelsey Lawson blanked sophomores Katie Klyczek and Carolyn Chupa 8-0.

“I think his best team may have been at two,” IU Coach Loring said. “He didn’t do it on purpose but I think his two team played really well. We were never in that match.”

Indiana responded in the No. 3 match when sophomores Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy topped Zaina Sufi/Ana Vladutu 8-2.

IU won the doubles point after the Hoosiers’ No. 44 doubles team of senior Leslie Hureau and junior Sophie Garre defeated DePaul’s Matea Cutura/Jarret Fisher 8-4 in the No. 1 match.

“Winning the doubles point was huge and it helped us going into the singles and we were pretty confident,” Garre said.

She said that Indiana tried to play with as much energy as possible in the doubles matches.

“In singles, we started pretty well, especially in the first set one every court,” Garre said. “It helps when you watch the scoreboard and see that everybody is doing well in the first set.”

The Hoosiers extended their lead when Garre bested Fisher in the No. 5 singles match. In the final game, Fisher had a deuce advantage twice but Garre fought back. Ultimately, Garre’s forehand proved to be too strong for the DePaul freshman to handle and she won the match 6-0, 6-2.

Chupa followed in suit with a victory over Lawson in straight sets in the No. 4 match, which gave Indiana a 3-0 lead.

DePaul earned its first point of the match when Vladutu defeated Kauss 6-4, 6-1 in the No. 3 match.

In the No. 6 singles match, Murdy gained the advantage at deuce with a lob over the head of Sufi that fell just within the confines of the court. Other than the low hum of the IU Tennis Center’s heater and the sound of forehands and backhands being traded across the court, there was silence. It was the game, set and match point for a team that had fallen on the wrong end of three competitive 4-3 matches. Murdy held off an attempted comeback by Sufi and won the singles match 6-3, 6-4, which secured the win for Indiana. This time the Hoosiers were on the winning end of a 4-3 match.

“I told the girls after the first one that we’re going to have a whole bunch the rest of the year and sooner or later one will go our way,” IU Coach Loring said. “This is a match we could have lost because they’re a very good team. It was just nice to win a 4-3 match.”

IU Coach Loring said that the Hoosiers have played very good singles and doubles tennis as a team this season. He compared IU’s three consecutive 4-3 losses to a basketball team losing on a buzzer beater.

“If you lose on a three-pointer on the buzzer, you don’t have to re-invent your offense and defense,” he said. “We haven’t changed our doubles teams and we haven’t done a lot different because we’ve just been a little bit unlucky with the way some of those 4-3 matches fell. Literally, we’re probably 12 points away from being undefeated this season.”

Women’s tennis loses ranking, looks to recover

After losing the past three dual matches 4-3 to Tennessee, Kentucky and Notre Dame, the IU women’s tennis team has fallen out of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. The Hoosiers will look to rebound with a pair of duals on Sunday against No. 66 DePaul and UNC-Wilmington. IU will face the Blue Demons at 11 a.m. and the
Seahawks at 5 p.m. at the IU Tennis Center.

The Hoosiers are 8-3 this season after winning their first eight dual matches, in which they lost only two singles matches, but have lost three consecutive duals since their hot start.

IU Coach Lin Loring maintains a positive attitude about the team after narrowly losing to Notre Dame last Sunday and he said the women are playing very well.

“It was the best team singles we’ve played and the only matches we lost were three-setters,” Loring said. “It was a situation where we don’t have everybody totally doing everything on the same day. It’s just that a little something always goes wrong in these big matches. We put ourselves in a position to win.”

Loring said this week the team practiced having better depth in the court in singles to prepare for this weekend’s dual matches.

After defeating Notre Dame’s No. 30 doubles pair of Britney Sanders/Julie Sabacinski, IU senior Leslie Hureau and junior Sophie Garre are ranked No. 44 in doubles.

DePaul boasts the No. 85 singles player, freshman Matea Cutura. Cutura was named the Big East Player of the Week in the first week of February after starting the season with a 14-3 singles record that included three wins against ranked opponents.

The Blue Demons are 9-3 with two dominant wins over Big Ten opponents. They defeated Iowa 5-2 and Michigan State 6-1. DePaul is undefeated on the road this season and will play at No. 18 Notre Dame on Saturday before facing IU on Sunday.

Loring said DePaul is as good as Notre Dame, Kentucky and Tennessee.

IU is 7-3 against DePaul in the past decade. IU sophomore Carolyn Chupa was the hero in last season’s 4-3 victory against the Blue Demons when she came from behind
to defeat then-sophomore Kelsey Lawson 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to give the Hoosiers in the deciding singles match.

UNC-Wilmington is 4-2 this season. The Seahawks’ two losses were both in competitive 4-3 matches, including a loss to then-No. 53 William & Mary.

UNC-Wilmington is 2-1 on the road and will host South Florida on Friday before travelling to Bloomington.

Junior Angie Sekely was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Week on Feb. 12, after winning a pair of singles matches in the No. 1 position against conference opponents.

Loring said UNC-Wilmington will be tough because IU plays them in the second dual match this weekend.

“I think we’ll be the better team but it just depends on what the DePaul match takes out of us,” he said.

Loring said he expects IU to play another 4-3 match against DePaul.

“You can have a three hour 4-3 match or a four and a half hour 4-3 match and I’m hoping it’s not a four and a half hour match,” he said. “We’re going to need a little bit of recovery time to get ready for Wilmington because they’re going to put a lot of balls in the court.”

Falling short: IU loses third straight by one point

The No. 60 IU women’s tennis team fell to No. 22 Notre Dame on Sunday at the IU Tennis Center. The Hoosiers lost their previous two matches 4-3 on the road against Tennessee and Kentucky. For the third consecutive dual, the Hoosiers lost 4-3 after losing the final singles match.

The Fighting Irish defeated Baylor on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. before traveling to Bloomington.

There was fierce competition for the doubles point. Notre Dame’s Jennifer Kellner and Chrissie McGaffigan started off the dual by defeating IU’s sophomore duo, Katie Klyczek and Carolyn Chupa, 8-2.

In the No. 1 match, the No. 44 combination of senior Leslie Hureau and junior Sophie Garre held off the No. 30 pair in the nation, Notre Dame’s Britney Sanders and Julie Sabacinski, 8-5.

IU sophomores Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy started the No. 3 match with a 3-0 lead. The Fighting Irish responded to tie the match 6-6, then went up 8-7. Kauss and Murdy fought back to tie the match at eight, Notre Dame’s Quinn Gleason and Katherine White won the tiebreaker, which gave the Fighting Irish a 9-8 victory and the doubles point in the dual match.

IU quickly stole the lead from Notre Dame by winning the No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches in consecutive sets. Murdy defeated Julie Vrabel 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 6 match and Garre gave IU its second win just minutes later when she bested Molly O’Koniewski 6-1, 6-3. Chupa topped McGaffigan 6-2, 7-6 to give the Hoosiers a 3-1 lead.

The No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 singles matches were all decided in three sets. In the No. 2 position, Kellner defeated Klyczek 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 to bring Notre Dame within one point of IU. The Fighting Irish tied the match when Gleason bested Kauss 7-5, 1-6, 6-2 in the No. 3 match.

For IU’s third dual in a row, the match came down to the final singles match. Against Tennessee, Garre’s match in the No. 4 position was the deciding point. Against Kentucky, it was Murdy who played in the pivotal No. 6 match.

This time it was Hureau competing with Sanders, who is ranked No. 74 in the country, in the No. 1 singles match with the score of the dual tied at three.

After winning the first set in a tiebreaker, Hureau lost the second set 7-5.

Loring and Notre Dame Coach Jay Louderback sat next to each other in folding chairs sharing observations about the match at the start of the final set.

The players from the two Indiana schools took a different approach as they occupied opposite sides of a nearby court.

Hureau’s eight teammates lined the service box of court No. 3 as she and Sanders swapped points time and time again on court No. 4.

Whether they won or lost their singles and doubles matches, the other Hoosiers’ contributions on the court were done. However, they were still fulfilling their role as teammates in supporting Hureau.

“I definitely needed them because it was so hard,” Hureau said. “Every point was a battle. They really helped me get through it.”

Hureau came out firing at the start of the third set. She took a 3-0 lead that kept the players’ parents on the edges of their seats as they refused to head home until the match was finished.

Then fatigue kicked in for the senior from Annecy-le-Vieux, France.

In between points, she stretched her quadriceps as her legs began to tire. Her first step was slower than it was at 11 a.m. — when she played her first match of the day — but she persevered through.

Hureau said she tried to keep moving because if she stopped, it was hard to move again.

“You don’t want to think too much about [fatigue] because there’s always a ball coming back,” she said.

She fought off a 2-0 run by Sanders by winning her fourth game, putting the final set at 4-2.

However, in the following game, she called a ball out of bounds that was immediately corrected by the line judge. Sanders cut the lead to 4-3.

As the set continued, the cheers and the score announcements from the line judge progressively began to favor Notre Dame. Sanders pulled ahead with a 5-4 lead and Hureau dug deep to find the energy to return each ball played to her.

In the final game of the three-hour match, Sanders blanked Hureau and clinched the dual by a final match score of 6-7, 7-5, 6-4.

“It was pretty hard physically, the points were long and I started to cramp in the second set but I really wanted to win for the team,” Hureau said. “It was a good battle and she hit some good shots in the end. Congrats to her. I tried my best.”

Loring said the loss was especially disappointing though, considering how close the team was to victory.

“They came back from down 6-3 in the deciding doubles match so I give Notre Dame credit, they found a way to pull that out,” Loring said. “It’s just disappointing. It’s the third one in a row where we’re literally four or five points from the match and couldn’t close it out.”

Notre Dame wins the doubles point against Indiana

The No. 60 Indiana women’s tennis team hosted No. 22 Notre Dame on Sunday at the IU Tennis Center. The Hoosiers lost their previous two matches 4-3 on the road against Tennessee and Kentucky. The Fighting Irish defeated Baylor on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. before traveling to IU.

There was fierce competition for the doubles point. Notre Dame’s Jennifer Kellner/JoHanna Manningham defeated IU’s pair of sophomores Katie Klyczek/Carolyn Chupa 8-2.

In the No. 1 match, senior Leslie Hureau and junior Sophie Garre were down 30-0, while leading 4-3 in the match, but rattled off five straight points en route to the Hoosiers taking a 6-3 lead. An overhead smash off the racket of Sophie Garre gave Indiana a 7-3 advantage and brought the Hoosiers within one point of taking the No. 1 doubles match. However, Notre Dame was not done yet. The Fighting Irish won the next two games to close the gap to 7-5. With her teammates slow clapping on the adjacent court, Hureau hit a rocket across the court that Notre Dame’s Julie Sabacinski couldn’t handle and IU won the match 8-5.

Indiana sophomores Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy started the No. 3 match with a 3-0 lead. The Fighting Irish roared back to tie the match 6-6, then went up 8-7. Kauss and Murdy fought back to tie the match at eight, which sparked an “IU” chant from their teammates. Notre Dame’s Quinn Gleason and Katherine White won the tiebreaker, which gave the Fighting Irish a 9-8 victory and the doubles point in the dual match.