The Indiana women's tennis team (2-2 overall) continues its spring dual match season this weekend when it comes home to host Marquette at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the IU Tennis Center.
The Hoosiers then host Ball State at 9:30 a.m. and Indiana State at 2:30 p.m. the next day.
Schlukebir Out Indiana women's tennis standout Karie Schlukebir is out indefinitely, as the cancer that she has endured in the past has re-emerged.
Schlukebir will undergo a series of tests in the next few days that will provide more information about the cancer. Her return date is unclear and hinges on the results from these tests.
Schlukebir had compiled a 7-3 overall singles record during the 2002-03 season, including a perfect 2-0 record in dual match play. She and her doubles partner Linda Tran had put together an 11-3 overall doubles record and were ranked as the No. 28 team in the nation.
The Kalamazoo, Mich., native has battled cancer earlier in her career, missing most of her freshman and sophomore seasons after melanoma was discovered.
Things Get Tough In plain terms, Indiana has an absolutely brutal schedule this year. The Hoosiers faced a pair of top-15 teams last weekend, and will go up against five top-15 teams during the course of the year. As if that wasn't enough, four of those matches will be played on the road.
Top-40 Opponents @ No. 4 Duke
@ No. 15 Wake Forest
@ No. 14 Kentucky
vs. No. 30 Wisconsin
vs. No. 12 Northwestern
@ No. 11 Tennessee
vs. No. 22 Notre Dame
vs. No. 37 Michigan
Fab Five? With Schlukebir now out indefinitely until more is known about her condition, the Hoosiers will be playing with only five active players.
Christina Solli, Sophie Rychlik and J.J. Levin are all on the injured list as well.
In collegiate tennis, there are six singles spots and three doubles positions, meaning that the Hoosiers are playing with one less player than there is a singles slot for and a doubles slot for.
The Hoosiers will have to forfeit the No. 6 singles match and the No. 3 doubles match until they get a sixth player active.
Last Week The Hoosiers are coming off a pair of road losses at No. 4 Duke and at No. 15 Wake Forest in which Indiana was forced to play short-handed.
Head Coach Lin Loring took only five active players with him to Duke and Wake Forest, and saw Martina Grimm sustain a minor injury during doubles play against the Blue Devils that kept her out of singles action.
Grimm returned to compete in both singles and doubles against the Demon Deacons the next day.
No. 4 Duke-7, Indiana-0 Singles
1. #2 Kelly McCain (DU) def. Linda Tran (IU) 6-1, 6-1
2. #15 Amanda Johnson (DU) def. Sarah Batty (IU) 6-3, 6-3
3. #65 Julia Smith (DU) def. Dominika Walterova (IU) 6-1, 6-1
4. #43 Saras Arasu (DU) def. Jessica Groth (IU) 6-0, 6-0
5. DNP - Indiana forfeit
6. DNP - Indiana forfeit
What's Next Following this weekend's action against Marquette, Ball State and Indiana State, the Hoosiers head to Lexington, Ky., to square off against No. 14 Kentucky.
Doubles play is set to begin at 1 p.m.