HOOSIERS COMPLETE HOMESTAND
="21798weekly"> February 17, 1998
HOOSIERS COMPLETE HOMESTAND
Ball State and Marquette come calling this Saturday
THIS WEEK: The Indiana women's tennis team completes a four-match homestand this weekend as they take on Ball State and Marquette on Saturday the 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.
HOOSIERS SPLIT WEEKEND MATCH-UPS: Indiana played a pair of tough competitors last weekend, winning one match with relative ease and barely falling on Sunday. The Hoosiers opened the weekend on a high note, defeating 68th ranked Auburn 9-0. The Hoosiers swept all nine matches with ease as they cruised to their third win of the season. On Sunday Indiana ran into a tough Tennessee team and had the 12th rated team on the ropes before falling in the final set. After splitting the singles matches and the first two doubles matches, the contest came down to the number three doubles spot. The Lady Volunteers stole a 9-7 decision from Indiana's Jessica Anderson and Christy Sharp and left Bloomington with a hard-fought 4-3 victory. The loss dropped Indiana to 3-2 on the season.
INDIANA'S ACE: Senior Correne Stout saw her winning streak extended to 15 matches before finally falling to Tennesse on Sunday. The Hoosier won Saturday's match, 6-1,7-6(4), at number one singles on Saturday before succuming to Tennessee's top ranked player on Sunday. Stout gave Manisha Maholtra a battle, but still fell, 6-1,7-5.
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: Senior Correne Stout dropped her first match of the season on Sunday after opening the season a perfect 15-0...Stout has won 23 of her last 25 doubles matches dating back to last season...Kelly Fitzgerald has won seven straight doubles matches...Christy Sharp recently recorded her 50th victory at Indiana...she currently has 58 career victories...the Hoosiers already have three players closing in on the twenty win plateau...Stout currently has 18 doubles victories while Ahamed and McCarney both have 16...Zahra Ahamed has won 13 of her last 14 singles matches...the number two doubles team of McCarney and Ahamed has won its last six matches.
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: Indiana travels to North Carolina to face a pair of ACC
schools next weekend. The Hoosiers will head to Chapel Hill on Saturday
the 28th for a 10:00 a.m. court time against the TarHeels. They will then
head just up Tobacco Road for a clash with the number 2 nationally rated
Duke BlueDevils. That match will begin at 12:00 noon.
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