Feb. 8, 2007
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University women's tennis team faces a pair of top 10 opponents in No. 10 Duke and No. 7 North Carolina. The Hoosiers play the Blue Devils on Feb. 10 at noon EST, and take on the Tar Heels on Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.
LAST TIME OUT
The Hoosiers continued their undefeated streak with a 7-0 victory over Marquette and a 6-1 win over Ball State on Feb. 4. Against Marquette, Indiana carried the momentum from a hard-earned doubles point to the victory. Only freshman Lindsey Stuckey, who came back to win the second set after dropping the first set, fell against Ball State.
For the first time since the 2002 season, Indiana has started the year 8-0. That season, the Hoosiers finished the year with a 17-10 record, 6-6 in Big Ten competition.
The Duke Blue Devils are ranked 10th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) FILA Collegiate Rankings. The team is 0-1 on the season, falling 6-1 to then-No. 9 Northwestern. Daniela Bercek and Elizabeth Plotkin compete at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, while the two pair up at No. 1 doubles.
North Carolina, ranked 7th by the ITA, is 7-2 on the season. The Tar Heels are 3-2 against ranked opponents. Jenna Long, ranked No. 7 in the ITA singles poll, leads UNC at No. 1 singles, while Katrina Tsang (No. 19), Austin Smith (No. 33) and Sanaz Marand (No. 73) are also ranked. Long and Sara Anundsen compete at No. 1 doubles for the Tar Heels. The duo is ranked at No. 16.
HOOSIERS RANKED IN ITA POLL
The Indiana Hoosiers are ranked No. 38th in the third ITA FILA Collegiate Rankings of the season, released Feb. 6. Indiana began the year ranked 43rd, and has moved up steadily since then. Indiana is one of six Big Ten teams ranked in the poll. Northwestern, ranked at No. 6, leads all Big Ten teams in the poll.
BERDALA EARNS INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Sophomore Alba Berdala is ranked No. 86 nationally in the FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. It is the first time in her career that she has been ranked. Berdala is 8-0 in the dual-match season and 14-5 on the year in singles.
Senior Cecile Perton remains undefeated on the season with a 8-0 record in both singles and doubles. Perton competes at No. 5 singles for Indiana, while playing with Sigrid Fischer at No. 2 doubles.