Indiana to Reveal "Karie's Scoreboard" in Opening Home Match this Weekend
Jan. 20, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana women's tennis opens match play for the 2010-11 season this weekend against Western Michigan on Saturday, then Xavier and Ball State on Sunday. Play will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday. Saturday's match with the Broncos will be a very special event, as IU will make use of a new scoreboard named in the honor of former Indiana women's tennis player Karie Schlukebir Pennock.
One year ago this week, Karie lost an eleven-year battle with cancer that started during her freshman year at IU. Between flying to the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, Calif., for treatments and surgeries, Karie competed four years with the Hoosier tennis program over a six-year period. Karie excelled during her playing career, compiling over 200 wins and serving as team captain for the 2004 Big Ten Championship team.
Karie refused to let cancer control her life and made a lasting impression on all her teammates, coaches, friends and fans of IU tennis. To honor her legacy, the Indiana University Athletic Department raised the proper funds for a brand new scoreboard that will bear Karie's name for years to come at the IU Tennis Complex.
"I am extremely proud of our tennis alumni, Bloomington tennis fans, our IU Athletic Department and the Schlukebir family and friends," said Head Coach Lin Loring. "In just seven months, we raised the needed money to name our new scoreboard after Karie. We have to thank (IU Vice President and Director of Athletics) Fred Glass, (Deputy Director of Athletics) Scott Dolson and (Assistant Athletic Director) Chuck Crabb for all their help in making this happen in such a short time period."
The scoreboard will be used for the first time on Saturday as IU will battle Western Michigan in the opening dual match of the season. The matchup with the Broncos is especially unique as WMU is located where Karie grew up, her hometown of Kalamazoo, Mich.
"The timing this weekend is out of a Hollywood script," Loring said. "This week is the one year anniversary of Karie's passing, and we are playing our first match with the new scoreboard against Western Michigan, located in Karie's hometown of Kalamazoo. The Broncos' long time coach, Betsy Kuhle, is a close friend of mine and a close friend of the Schlukebir Family. I wouldn't want to play the first match with Karie's scoreboard against anyone else."
Western Michigan opens its spring schedule this weekend with six returning letterwinners from a year ago. The Broncos finished the last season with a 16-11 record and reached the Mid-American Conference (MAC) Tournament championship for the sixth-consecutive season. WMU also finished in the top three in the conference regular season standings for the 28th-consecutive year.
"This first match will be a really good test for us. Western Michigan is always one or two in the MAC," Loring said. "They annually knock off several Big Ten teams. We have had several close matches with them over the years. I expect this to be an exciting match."
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