Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana women's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to the No. 11 Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday morning. The Hoosiers lost their third straight match, all to opponents ranked in the top 35 in the country. IU falls to 5-5 on the year and 0-2 in the Big Ten.
"They are a much better team than we are, and we have to be 100% healthy and have everything go right for us to beat them," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "We keep trying to get better every match."
The Hoosiers looked poised to take the doubles point in the early going. Northwestern claimed the No. 3 doubles spot before Indiana won at No. 2. The doubles tandem junior Martina Grimm and freshman Sarah Batty downed Ruth Barnes and Andrea Yung, 8-4. The duo improved 11-6 on the season and 6-4 during the spring.
"The highlight of the day was definitely the nice win by our number two doubles team," Loring said. "It was a good win for them."
With the doubles even at one, it came down to the No. 1 match up between Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran of Indiana against Cristelle Grier and Jessica Rush of Northwestern. The match was on serve with Northwestern leading 6-5 before the Wildcat duo broke Schlukebir and Tran. Grier and Rush served out the match for an 8-5 win.
The Wildcat singles feature three ranked players in No. 16 Christelle Gier, No. 63 Jesscia Rush and No. 76 Jamie Peisel. Northwestern won every singles match in straight sets.
At No. 2 singles, Sarah Batty put up a fight against Rush before falling. Batty forced the first set to a tiebreak before losing 7-6. Rush picked up the second set 6-2.
Sophomore Dominika Walterova also lost a tough one to Peisel. After falling in the first set 6-1, Walterova put a fight in the second set but lost 6-4.
The Hoosiers will travel to Knoxville to battle the 12th-ranked Volunteers next Saturday. The match will carry an 11:00 a.m. start time. The Lady Vols are 6-2 on the season. The two teams have two common opponents in Wake Forest and Northwestern. The Hoosiers lost to the Wildcats 7-0 and to Wake Forest 6-1. Tennessee downed Wake, 5-0 and lost a tight one to Northwestern, 4-3.