Women's Tennis opens a perfect 2-0
="weekly127"> January 27, 1998
Women's Tennis opens a perfect 2-0
Hoosiers to Compete in Virginia Tech Invitational
THIS WEEK: The Indiana women's tennis team travels to Blacksburg, Virginia for the annual Virginia Tech Invite. The Hoosiers will compete in the flight format tournament along with Virginia Tech, Pennyslvania, and South Carolina. The events are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. each day.
ALMOST A CLEAN SWEEP: In their first competition of 1998, the Hoosiers took 18 of a possible 19 matches from Western Michigan and Miami of Ohio to open the season a perfect 2-0. Senior Megan McCarney led the way for the Hoosiers at #1 doubles, dominating her first match 6-0,6-1 against Western MichiganUs Heidi Cakans. Kelly Blanch, in her first collegiate action for the Hoosiers, played impressively, defeating WMUUs Sommer Stier, 6-1,6-3, at #5 singles and MiamiUs Brooke Nelson, 6-1,6-0, at #4 singles. Blanch also teamed with Correne Stout to win both doubles matches. The tandem defeated Stier and Cyra Malik 8-1 at #2 doubles in the opening match, while knocking off Elisa Soetrisno and Ivana Grujic, 8-4 at #1 doubles.
STREAKING STOUT: Senior Correne Stout remained undefeated last weekend as she won a pair of singles matches to boost her record to 10-0. Stout defeated Western Michigan's Kristen DeVall at #3 singles and Miami's Elin Bengtsson at #2 singles to become the 3rd Hoosier to reach double digit victories this season. In doubles, Stout continues to dominate also, notching an impressive 13-1 mark. In fact her lone setback of the season came on October 24th in an opening round match at the Hoosier Classic.
WELCOME ABOARD: Head Coach Lin Loring and his womenUs team welcomed its newest member recently, freshman Kelly Blanch. Blanch a December, 1997 graduate of Grafton High School in Grafton, New South Wales, Australia, joined the team at the start of 2nd semester. At Grafton she led her team to a 2nd place finish in the Australian All School Championships in December. Blanch was ranked 4th in Australia in Girls 16 Singles last year.
LEADING BY EXAMPLE: This years squad is led by three seniors; Megan McCarney, Christy Sharp, and Correne Stout. McCarney tallied a 24-14 overall record last season playing at both #1 and #2 singles and racked up a 20-15 record in doubles. Stout compiled a 28-18 record playing mostly 1 and 2 singles while registering an 18-13 record in doubles. Sharp posted a 27-16 mark in singles last year while going 22-11 in doubles matches. This season Stout has led the way with a perfect 10-0 mark followed by Sharp at 10-5. McCarney has struggled against some tough #1 competition, but has a 6-6 mark presently. All three boast winning doubles marks with Stout leading the way at 13-1. McCarney has a 10-5 mark, while Sharp has seven victories against five defeats.
THE NUMBERS GAME: In the recent Rolex Collegiate Ranking's, the Hoosiers were ranked 35th in the nation and 7th in the Midwest Region. Megan McCarney and Jessica Anderson received individual recognition as they were ranked 28th and 29th respectively in singles.
HOOSIERS COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL FALL SEASON: Despite several injuries the Hoosiers managed to put together a strong tournament season last fall. Zahra Ahamed led the Hoosiers with a 9-2 singles mark and a 10-3 doubles record. Correne Stout also dominated her opponents, going a perfect 8-0 in solo matches while notching an 11-1 doubles mark.
HEAD COACH LIN LORING: Loring is entering his 21st season at the helm of the Hoosiers tennis program. In his 20 seasons he has compiled an impressive 494-119 overall record while amassing a 238-20 mark against Big Ten foes. The four time Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year and two time National Coach of-the-Year has 536 victories against 136 defeats in his 24 year career. Prior to Indiana, Loring coached for four seasons at his alma mater, UC-Santa Barbara.
POTPOURRI: Sophomore Zahra Ahamed is riding a nine match singles winning streak...Kelly Fitzgerald has won six straight doubles matches...Correne Stout has won 18 of her last 19 doubles matches dating back to last season...Christy Sharp recently recorded her 50th victory at Indiana...she currently has 54 career victories...the team is riding a six game regular season winning streak dating back to April 4, 1997.
ON THE HORIZON: Indiana will head south for a February 7th showdown with Clemson before returning home for four straight home contests. The Hoosiers will host Auburn on the 14th and will then face 12th ranked Tennessee on the 15th.
For More Information contact: David Shepley, Tennis SID - 812.855.9399
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