Spring Schedule Preview - Part I
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's tennis team will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 22, at home against DePaul and Ball State. This is the first of a two-part preview of the women's spring slate of matches. The first part will detail the non-conference ledger of opponents.
The non-conference spring schedule boasts seven teams that appeared in the 2004 NCAA Championships. After the season-opener on Jan. 22, the Hoosiers will face two of those seven opponents in back-to-back matches in North Carolina.
IU will face Duke on Jan. 29 and North Carolina on Jan. 30. The Tar Heels finished 20-9 and garnered a final Intercollegiate Tennis Ranking of 16th. The Blue Devils advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA's before falling to eventual champion Stanford. Duke closed the year 22-4 and ranked sixth in the country.
Duke has five players ranked in the top-20 of the Southeast Region, led by junior Jackie Carleton at No. 9. UNC boasts a pair of players in the top-10 of the Southeast Region, paced by senior Aniela Mojzis at the No. 4 spot.
A pair of marquee teams will travel to Bloomington during the second weekend in February. The Hoosiers host Wake Forest on Feb. 12, followed by Texas A&M and Butler on Feb. 13. Wake Forest and Texas A&M both qualified for the 2004 NCAA Championships, with the Aggies advancing to the round of 16.
No rest for the weary, as Indiana hits the road for a pair of matches against 2004 NCAA participants. The Hoosiers battle Tennessee on Feb. 19 and Kentucky on Feb. 20. Both teams advanced to the round of 16 last year, with Kentucky closing at 16th and Tennessee 19th in the final national poll.
The Wildcats have a trio of players in the Southeast Region top-10, led by senior Aibika Kalsarieva at the No. 2 position. The Lady Vols followed close behind with a pair ranked in the top-20.
The Cream and Crimson returns home to play Marquette and Western Michigan on Feb. 26. The Hoosiers have a pair of non-league matches in the month of March versus TCU on Mar. 10 and at UNLV on Mar. 17, sandwiched around a match with Penn State.
Junior Helena Besovic and senior Story Tweedie-Yates rank first and second in the Southwest Region for the Lady Frogs.
After five-straight Big Ten matches, the Hoosiers host their final non-conference opponent in Notre Dame on Apr. 10. The Fighting Irish qualified for the NCAA's last year and won their first round match against Iowa.
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