April 28, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn - For the third consecutive year the Michigan Wolverines have advanced to the Big Ten Championship final match after notching a 4-2 semifinal win over second-seeded Indiana. While all four of the top seeds advanced into today's semi-finals, the Wolverines' win could hardly be called an upset. Ranked No. 25 and No. 26 in the country, respectively, Indiana and Michigan came into the tournament evenly matched. An early doubles point along with important third set matches helped the Maize and Blue seal the Hoosiers fate.
The Wolverines swept the doubles point behind solid wins from their Nos. 1 and 2 teams. After the No. 1 squad of Jenny Kuehn and Chisako Sugiyama finished off the Hoosiers' 60th-ranked Alba Berdala and Laura McGaffigan, 8-1, the Wolverine's duo of Kara Delicata and Tania Mahtani clinched the team point in the second match.
In No. 2 singles, Kuehn helped her cause when she made quick work of McGaffigan (6-2, 6-3). In the mean time, Indiana had won four of the first six sets and went on to tie the match up 2-2 with help from its No. 5 and No. 6 positions. Hoosier Cecile Perton wrapped up Elizabeth Exon in straight sets (6-1, 6-3) while teammate Lindsey Stuckey defeated Allie Shafner, 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 6 spot.
The Wolverines battled back when Mahtani came back from losing a 6-7(3) first set tie-breaker to record 6-2 games in the final two sets. Delicata followed her partners lead when she secured Michigan's spot in the finals by taking down Sigrid Fischer 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 in the No. 3 position.
Tomorrow's final match will begin at noon CT.