Bloomington, Ind.- The Hoosiers will look to bounce back from two losses this past weekend when they travel to take on No. 11 Tennessee. The match is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22
IU is 11-9 all-time against the Lady Vols Last season, Tennessee beat Indiana in Bloomington, 7-0.
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Tennessee has remained ranked just outside the top ten in the ITA tennis polls all season. They currently hold the 11th position.
Vols senior Vilmarie Castellvi holds a pre-season national ranking of 4th in singles, and along with Melissa Schaub captured the 22nd spot in doubles. Sabita Maharaj and Tammy Encina are ranked 53rd.
Tennessee holds a season record of 6-2. Their only two losses for the year have come at the hands of No. 9 UCLA and No. 14 Northwestern at the National Team Indoors February 6-8
The Hoosiers started off the season strong with a 5-2 record. Since February 12, they have suffered three straight losses to Kentucky (7-0), Wisconsin (5-2), and Northwestern (7-0). However, the Hoosiers, now 5-5, have been tagged with all five of their losses to nationally ranked opponents all which hold spots in the top 35. Included in these is a February 1 loss to Duke who was ranked No. 4 at the time of the meet, and now holds the No.1 position. The others include losses to No. 13 Wake Forest, No. 30 Kentucky, No. 33 Wisconsin, and No. 11 Northwestern. The schedule does not ease up on the Hoosiers as they still look to face four ranked opponents.
Tennessee's Last Time Out
The Lady Vols improved to 6-2 on the year by dominating No. 40 Wake Forest 5-0.
Tennessee won all three doubles matches, as well as, gaining victories in the top three singles spots.
Indiana's Last Time Out
The Hoosiers were defeated by No. 33 Wisconsin 5-2 on February 15 in Bloomington. Coming away with victories were Karie Schlukebir (6-3, 6-3) at No. 5 singles, and with her first career Big Ten victory, Jessica Levin (6-2, 6-3) at No. 6 singles.
On Sunday February 16 the Hoosiers faced the No. 11 ranked Northwestern Wildcats. Awarded the only win was the No. 2 doubles team of Sarah Batty and Martina Grimm who defeated their Wildcat opponent 8-4. Northwestern defeated the Hoosiers 7-0.
Grimm's record on top
Junior Martina Grimm is going into Saturdays match with a 16-8 overall record putting her at the top of the Hoosier lineup.
This spring season she she holds a 5-4 record. Grimm's four losses all came from ranked teams. These include No. 9 Wake Forest, No. 30 Kentucky, No. 33 Wisconsin, and No. 11 Northwestern.
Grimm will now face yet another opponent from a ranked team when she will go head to head agains the Vols Melissa Schaub.