WOMEN HOME FOR FOUR MATCHES
="weekly0214"> February 13, 1998
WOMEN HOME FOR FOUR MATCHES Three out of next four against ranked opponents
vs. Tennessee - 2/15
THIS WEEK: The Indiana women's tennis team returns home for a four match homestand after hitting the road last weekend. Indiana will entertain 68th ranked Auburn on Friday, before Tennessee comes calling on Saturday. The Tigers are 1-0 after defeating Samford 9-0 last weekend. They are led by Ali LaGrange, who plays number one in both singles and doubles for the Tigers. Tennesse entered the season ranked 12th in the nation and placed three individuals in the top 110 in singles. Their top two doubles teams also received top 30 billings.
TIGERS SLIP BY HOOSIERS: After opening the 1998 singles season with two straight victories, the Hoosiers were stopped by Clemson last weekend in South Carolina. The Tigers took five of the six singles matches to seal the hard-fought 5-4 victory. Senior Correne Stout continued to be Indiana's most consistent performer, winning at both number one singles and doubles. At number one doubles, Stout teamed with Kelly Blanch and cruised to an 8-1 victory. The number two and three teams also walked off the court with wins, but in much closer fashion, 9-8 and 9-7 respectively.
INDIANA'S ACE: Senior Correne Stout continued to roll, as she was the lone Hoosier to claim a singles win against Clemson. Stout defeated Estressia Kruger in straight sets, 6-3,6-3, to remain a perfect 14-0. In doubles, Stout continues to dominate also, notching an impressive 16-1 mark. Stout teamed with Kelly Blanch to defeat the number one team of Stefanie Woerz and Kate-Maree Mair, 8-1. In fact her lone setback of the season came on October 24th in an opening round match at the Hoosier Classic.
TOUGH COMPETITION: Indiana could possibly have one of the nation's toughest schedules this year. The Hoosiers will face 17 teams that rank among the nation's top 75 in the recent Rolex Collegiate Rankings. Ten doubles teams in the top 55 and 18 individuals among the nation's elite 110 players will compete agains the Hoosiers some time this season. In the conference, six of the 11 teams received top 60 recognition. Northwestern is the highest ranking Big Ten team at number 22. Wisconsin and Michigan also precede the Hoosiers, entering the season ranked 25th and 28th respectively. The Hoosiers toughest opponent, however, could be Duke, who entered the season ranked 3rd in the nation.
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. All three seniors will be looked upon for leadership both on and off the court as they hope to lead the young Hoosiers to another Big Ten title.
POTPOURRI: Sophomore Zahra Ahamed saw her eleven match singles winning streak snapped last weekend...Kelly Fitzgerald has won seven straight doubles matches...Correne Stout has won 22 of her last 23 doubles matches dating back to last season...Stout has also opened the season with a 14 match singles winning streak...Christy Sharp recently recorded her 50th victory at Indiana...she currently has 56 career victories...the team lost their first dual match since April 4, 1997.
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.
THE NUMBERS GAME: In the latest Rolex Collegiate Rankings the Hoosiers were ranked 7th in the Midwest Region and 35th in the nation. Megan McCarney was rated 28th in the region in singles while Jessica Anderson was right behind her at 29.
ON THE HORIZON: The Hoosiers finish their homestand with a pair of Saturday matches against Marquette and Ball State on February 21st. Marquette was ranked 55th in the Rolex polls and 9th in the region. Their doubles team of Ana Fernandez and Elisa Penalvo is rated 2nd in the region and 18th in the nation. Indiana will face Marquette at 9:30 a.m. and Ball State at 2:30 p.m.
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