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NCAA tennis

Mastodons blanked by Wolverines

A stellar women’s tennis season came to an end for IPFW on Friday in Ann Arbor, Mich., as Michigan knocked out the Mastodons 4-0 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

That was the bad news.

The good news was the Mastodons (23-8) at least put up a fight.

“We were thrilled with the way we played today, especially in doubles,” IPFW coach Eric Burns said. “We’ve been to the tournament three times now, and I think this is the best we’ve played.”

IPFW’s No. 1 doubles team of Anita Henestrosa and Caterina Kiefer lost 8-4, and the No. 3 doubles team of Kristine Lindal and Marcy Huck lost 8-1. That handed Michigan the doubles point, and they swept No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6 singles in straight sets to reach the required four points.

In singles, Emina Bektas beat Henestrosa 6-1, 6-1; Sarah Lee beat Lindal 6-0, 6-1; and Mimi Nguyen beat Huck 6-1, 6-0.

Three matches were unfinished with Michigan up a set in each: Brooke Bolender led Kiefer 6-4, 3-1; Amy Zhu led Miloslava Shustova 6-0, 5-1; and Kristen Dodge led Theresa Neumeyr 6-1, 5-0.

In No. 2 doubles, Lee and Nguyen led Shustova and Neuymeyr 7-4.

“We came out really pretty strong in the doubles, and then they kind of took over in the singles,” Burns said. “They’ve got a high-level team with a lot of talent, and they kind of hit us off the court in the singles.

“People didn’t play bad. It’s just another level of tennis.”

Michigan will face Notre Dame (18-8) in the second round at 1 p.m. today.

The Irish advanced with a 4-1 victory over North Carolina State. Notre Dame won the doubles point and got singles wins from Britney Sanders, Jennifer Kellner and Quinn Gleason.

Purdue advanced to the second round with a 4-3 victory over South Carolina (13-12) in Coral Gables, Fla. The Boilermakers (18-5) overcame a 3-0 deficit as Mara Schmidt, Lynda Xepoleas, Tess Bernard-Feigenbaum and Gisella Pere each picked up singles victories.

Purdue plays the winner of the match between Miami and North Florida, which was halted by rain Friday with the Hurricanes leading 3-0 and resumes today.

Indiana was eliminated with a 4-0 loss to Vanderbilt (16-11) in Clemson, S.C. The Hoosiers finished 18-10.

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