The Indiana womens tennis team (2-0) continues its spring dual match season this weekend when it hosts Tennessee at the IU Tennis Center on Saturday, Jan. 24 at 10 a.m.
Things Get Tough
Indiana has a tough schedule this year. The Hoosiers face 15 ranked opponents this season, beginning with No. 10 Tennessee, and eight of those opponents are in the top-25. As, if that wasnt enough, nine of those matches will be played on the road.
Top 25 Opponents
vs. No. 4 Duke
vs. No. 10 Tennessee
@ No. 14 Northwestern
vs. No. 15 Kentucky
@ No. 19 Arizona State
@ No. 21 Notre Dame
vs. No. 23 Illinois
@ No. 24 Texas A&M
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 began the spring season ranked among the best in the nation.
Vastag is ranked 48th in singles. She fell to 88th-ranked Frederika Girsang of Western Michigan, 6-1, 6-3 and captured a 6-0, 6-1 win over Katrina Lomidze of Miami (Ohio) to open the spring. Her overall record improves to 6-3.
Tran is ranked 82nd in singles after going 6-5 during the fall. To open the spring she knocked off Western Michigans Reedhina Parekh, 6-3, 6-3 to improve her record to 7-5.
Schlukebir and Tran are ranked 24th in the nation in doubles. The duo opened the season falling 8-1 to Girsang and Stoilova of Western Michigan and defeating Miami (Ohio)s Lomidze and Jirouskova, 8-4.
Grimm and Batty are in a tie for 50th in doubles. The tandem went 5-1 during the fall.
This weekends matches will include several other ranked singles players and a doubles team.
Tennessee has three ranked singles players. Tammy Encina leads the list for UT at No. 13, followed by No. 87 Sabita Maharaj and 97th-ranked Ashley Robards.
On the doubles side, Majen Immink and Tammy Encina are tied for 50th.
The Volunteers opened the spring season at the Freeman Memorial Championships in Las Vegas, from Jan 16-18.
In singles action, Tammy Encina advanced to the semifinals where she fell to 84th-ranked Theresa Logar of Stanford, 1-6, 6-4, 6-0.
In the doubles bracket, UT duo Sabita Maharaj and Ashley Robards advanced to the finals after pulling off two upsets. The first came against the No. 1 seed Barnes and Logar of Stanford, 8-6 to reach the semifinals, and then the No. 4 seed/41st-ranked Cline and Mojzis of North Carolina, 9-7 to advance to the finals, where they eventually fell. The doubles tandem now has a 5-2 record this season.
The Hoosiers are coming off a pair of season-opening wins over Western Michigan and Miami (Ohio). The Hoosiers claimed a 6-1 win over the Broncos and a 7-0 sweep of the Redhawks.
The Hoosiers travel to Tempe, Ariz. to play two matches. IU faces the University of the Pacific on Saturday, Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. and 19th-ranked Arizona State the following day, Sunday, Feb. 1, at 11 a.m.