Doubles Win Lifts Gophers to Sweep of Indiana
Magdalena Wiecha and partner Natallia Pintusava won 8-4 in doubles

April 13, 2012

For the first time since 2003, the Minnesota women's tennis team defeated Big Ten foe Indiana, sweeping the 47th-ranked Hoosiers 7-0 on Friday afternoon at the Baseline Tennis Center. The win for the No. 31 Gophers was their seventh all-time in 39 matches against Indiana and improved the team's conference record to 4-4.

"It was a great team performance from top to bottom," said head coach Tyler Thomson. "Everybody competed extremely well."

A momentous doubles competition victory helped propel Minnesota to its 14th overall win on the spring season.

The 45th-ranked duo in the nation of senior Magdalena Wiecha and sophomore Natallia Pintusava got the match started by improving to 11-2 with an 8-4 triumph over Indiana's Sophie Garre and Kate Klyczek.

The Hoosiers answered back to even things up when Leslie Hureau and Shannon Murdy staved off a rally by freshmen Julia Courter and Aria Lambert in the third spot, winning 8-6.

At No. 2 after falling behind 6-1 early, the junior tandem of Alexa Palen and Doron Muravnik fought its way back for a point-saving 9-7 win to clinch the point. Palen and Muravnik are now 5-2 together.

"Winning the doubles point really made the difference," Thomson said. "We just stole the point and got a huge amount of momentum because of it. It was a really clutch comeback by Palen and Muravnik. 

The Gophers worked quickly to secure the team victory after taking the 1-0 lead.

After all six singles players won their first sets for Minnesota, Muravnik cushioned the Gopher lead by finishing off a 6-2, 6-2 win. Sophomore Yuliana Umanets, the last player to finish her first set, then put Minnesota on the brink of the team win by completing a straight-set victory over Kayla Fujimoto at the sixth position, 6-4, 6-4.



Freshman Tereza Brichacova made the final result definite by dispatching Alecia Kauss 6-3, 6-3 at No. 4 and Lambert defeated Murdy at No. 5 in straight sets soon after to make it 5-0.

Palen added to the Gophers' point total by topping Evgeniya Vertesheva 6-2, 6-4 to improve to 13-5 and put a halt top a five-match losing streak. Pintusava then completed the sweep by upsetting 65th-ranked Hureau in three sets at the top position.

"We have a great level of competitiveness as a team right now," said Thomson. "We're definitely gaining a lot of confidence with every match."

The win came nine years to the day after the Gophers last beat Indiana, a match that Minnesota also swept 7-0.

The Gophers will wrap up the week with a home match against No. 34 Purdue at noon on Sunday. Minnesota will then finish out the regular season with a road match at No. 17 Nebraska on Apr. 20 and one final home match against Iowa two days later.

Apr. 13, 2012
Baseline Tennis Center • Minneapolis, Minn.
No. 31 Minnesota 7, No. 47 Indiana 0

Singles Competition:
1. Natallia Pintusava (MINN) def. No. 65 Leslie Hureau (IND) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
2. No. 124 Alexa Palen (MINN) def. Evgeniya Vertesheva (IND) 6-2, 6-4
3. Doron Muravnik (MINN) def. Katie Klyczek (IND) 6-2, 6-2
4. Tereza Brichacova (MINN) def. Alecia Kauss (IND) 6-3, 6-3
5. Aria Lambert (MINN) def. Shannon Murdy (IND) 6-0, 7-6 (2)
6. Yuliana Umanets (MINN) def. Kayla Fujimoto (IND) 6-4, 6-4

Doubles Competition:
1. No. 45 Natallia Pintusava/Magdalena Wiecha (MINN) def. Sophie Garre/Kate Klyczek (IND) 8-4
2. Alexa Palen/Doron Muravnik (MINN) def. Evgeniya Vertesheva/Kayla Fujimoto (IND) 9-7
3. Leslie Hureau/Shannon Murdy (IND) def. Julia Courter/Aria Lambert (MINN) 8-6

Match Notes:
No. 31 Minnesota 14-5 (4-4 Big Ten)
No. 47 Indiana 15-7 (4-4 Big Ten)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (3,6,4,5,2,1)


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