Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana women's tennis team downed a pair of intrastate foes in Ball State and Indiana State on Sunday. In the morning, the Hoosiers downed Ball State, 5-2 and then swept Indiana State in the afternoon, 7-0. Indiana is now 5-2 on the season and has won its last three matches.
"It was the first time all season that all eight girls have played," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "We had two great matches from the standpoint that everyone got to play singles, doubles or both. We are just going to have to wait and see who can play for the rest of the season, but we were encouraged by today."
Indiana captured the doubles point in both matches. They had to do so in come-from-behind fashion against Ball State and then swept through Indiana State.
After falling behind in doubles one match to none when Ball State won the No. 3 spot, Indiana claimed victories at the top two spots to nail down the doubles point. Freshman Sarah Batty and sophomore Martina Grimm evened it at one when they downed Ball State's Jenny Batty and Leisa Brooks, 8-2. A match up between sisters headlined the match as Sarah is a freshman at IU and Jenny, who is a sophomore for Ball State, is her older sister.
At the No. 2 spot, junior Linda Tran and sophomore Dominika Walterova clinched the Hoosiers point with an 8-4 win over BSU's Alyce Zollman and Kara Sullivan. Tran and Walterova broke the Cardinal tandem on their final two serves to win the match. Tran and Walterova are 3-1 on the season.
Against Indiana State, senior Karie Schlukebir and junior Linda Tran reunited as a team to pick up the victory at the No. 2 spot. The duo downed Logan Becker and Magda Narczewska of Indiana State, 8-1, to clinch the point for the Hoosiers. The duo is now 12-3 on the season.
Freshman Sophie Rychlik and sophomore Jessica Groth turned in a dominating team performance and were the first Hoosiers off the court. The tandem beat Indiana State's No. 3 team of Lisa Herndon and Samantha Yun, 8-0. The pair improved to 3-1 on the year.
Batty and Grimm continued to look strong at No.1 and made it a clean sweep in doubles against the Sycamores. The Indiana duo broke Leah Esmero and Carolina Salinas on their final serve to claim the match 8-6. With the two wins on the day, Batty and Grimm improved to 10-4 on the year.
The amazing story of Karie Schlukebir continued as the Indiana senior picked up two more victories at No. 5 singles. She made short work of Ball State's Susan Kelley, 6-1, 6-0 and then did the same against Lisa Herndon of Indiana State, 6-1, 6-1. Schlukebir returned to the lineup in Saturday's match just a day after being at the John Wayne Cancer Center in California for tests on cancer that had re-emerged in her body. She now owns a 10-3 mark this season, including a perfect 5-0 record during dual matches.
Fellow senior J.J. Levin returned to the Hoosier lineup for the first time since April 7, 2002. Levin had missed all of this season due to injury, but did not look rusty in her match against Alyce Zollman. Levin downed Zollman 6-4, 6-1 for her first win of the season. The Indianapolis, Ind., native was forced to serve underhand because she was returning from shoulder surgery. Levin was unable to play against Indiana State due to a blister on her foot.
"J.J. hasn't played for quite a while, so it was nice to have her get a match in," Loring said. "Again though, we are not sure how quick her recovery time will be and if she will be able to play Wednesday or next weekend. We kind of just have to wait and see."
Junior Martina Grimm made it a perfect day as she picked up two singles wins to go with her pair of doubles wins. She clinched the victory for the Hoosiers against Ball State with her straight sets victory at No. 3 over Jenny Batty, 6-3, 7-5. She then downed Carolina Salinas, 6-1, 7-5. Grim picked up her team leading 15th and 16th victories as the season. She is now 16-5 and 5-1 this spring.
Grimm's doubles partner, freshman Sarah Batty, followed her lead as she also picked up a pair of singles wins to go along with her doubles victories. With Indiana's victory already clinched against Ball State, Batty capped off the Hoosier win over the Cardinals with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Leisa Brooks. She then beat the Sycamores' Leah Esmero in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. Batty improved to 12-8 on the season and 5-2 in dual matches.
"Sarah and Martina are having to play up because of the injuries," Loring said. "They usually play No. 2 doubles, but they have had to play No. 1 doubles for two weeks now. Martina has had to move up in the singles lineup as well. They both have done a real good job. Things are going to get a little tougher once we hit the Big Ten season, but the experience they are gaining this season will be real valuable next season."
Junior Linda Tran picked up a win at No. 1 singles for the Hoosiers against Indiana State. She downed Magda Narczewska in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0. Tran evened her overall record at 7-7 this season.
Sophomore Dominika Walterova won her match against Indiana State's Logan Becker in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2. The win upped her mark to 5-12 on the year.
Freshman Sophie Rychlik picked up her first dual match win in two tries at No. 6 singles. Rychlik made short work of Indiana State's Samantha Yun, 6-0, 6-2.
The Hoosiers have a full slate of matches next week with three on tap against ranked opponents. Indiana will travel to face the No. 14 Kentucky Wildcats on Wednesday, February 12 at 1:00 p.m. The will then host a pair of Big Ten foes on the weekend with No. 30 Wisconsin coming in on Saturday and No. 12 Northwestern on Sunday. Both matches will carry 10:00 a.m. start times and be played at the Indiana Tennis Center.