The Indiana womens tennis team opens its spring dual match season this weekend when it hosts a doubleheader beginning against Western Michigan at 9:30 a.m. at the IU Tennis Center on Sunday, Jan. 18.
Following that match, the Hoosiers face Miami of Ohio. That match is set to begin at 2:30 p.m.
Make A Day Of It
Indiana States womens tennis team will also be competing on Sunday, but will not face the Hoosiers. ISU faces Miami at 9:30 a.m., then goes head-to-head with Western Michigan at 2:30 p.m.
Whats A Dual Match?
Spring dual match play differs from the fall tournament season in that matches are scored as team events.
Three doubles matches and six singles matches are played. The team that wins two doubles matches earns the doubles point, with each singles match also counting for one point. A total of seven points are decided.
The fall season is a series of tournaments that are scored as individual matches.
Who To Watch
Look no further than the Cream and Crimson. When the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its national rankings on Jan. 13, five Indiana womens players were recognized. Seniors Martina Grimm, Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran, junior Dora Vastag and sophomore Sarah Batty all begin the spring season ranked among the best in the nation.
Vastag is ranked 48th in singles. During the fall, Vastag had a singles record of 5-2, making it to the quarterfinals of the ITA Midwest Championships.
Tran is ranked 82nd in singles after going 6-5 during the fall. She also made it to the quarterfinals of the ITA Midwest Championships.
Schlukebir and Tran are ranked 24th in the nation in doubles. The duo had an overall doubles record of
13-1 during the fall, and advanced to the semifinals of the ITA Midwest Championships.
Grimm and Batty are in a tie for 50th in doubles. The tandem went 5-1 during the fall.
This weekends matches will include another ranked singles player and doubles team. Western Michigans Frederika Girsang is ranked 88th in the ITA national poll in singles. Girsang had a fall record of
7-6. While Western Michigans doubles tandem of Girsang and Stoilova are ranked sixth in the regional poll after having a fall record of 7-3.
Although Sundays match between Western Michigan and Indiana is the season opener for the Hoosiers, players from both teams faced each other at the Bronco Invitational, ITA Midwest Championships and the Western Michigan Fall Classic during the fall.
The Hoosiers faced WMU 11 times in singles this fall, winning seven of those matches. Sarah Batty and Karie Schlukebir had a perfect record of 3-0 and 2-0, respectively, against Bronco opponents.
In doubles, Indiana faced WMU on eight occasions, winning five matches against the Broncos. The Hoosier doubles tandem of Schlukebir and Tran went an impressive 3-0 against Western Michigan.
The Hoosiers return to action when they host Tennessee on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. at the IU Tennis Center.