Women's Tennis

    Hoosiers defeat pair of regional opponents

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    ="regional"> February 21, 1998

    Hoosiers defeat pair of regional opponents

    Bloomington, IN--Indiana's women's tennis team continued its strong play today, defeating two regional opponents with relative ease. The Hoosiers, now 5-2 overall, notched a 7-2 victory over highly regarded Marquette in the first match of the day and then had to fight off some team sickness for an 8-1 decision over Ball State in the afternoon.

    The Hoosiers biggest matches of the day came courtesy of Correne Stout, who has paced the Hoosiers all season long. Stout improved her singles record to 16-1 with a pair of victories at the number one position. In the morning session she defeated 36th ranked Elisa Penalvo 6-0,7-5 and then turned around and defeated a tough Gena Tranquada, 6-4,7-6(7-5), in the afternoon. Stout also combined with Kelly Blanch to defeat the Golden Eagles top doubles team of Penalvo and Ana Fernandez 8-6. That team was ranked 2nd in the region and 18th in the nation heading into the competition.

    Freshman Blanch continued her strong play for the Hoosiers, sweeping both of her matches. She defeated Esther Ruiz de Ora, 6-3,7-5, in the morning, and then defeated the Cardinals Darcy Poulos, 6-2,6-2, in the three spot in the afternoon.

    "We played a great match against Marquette. That was Correne's best win of the season at number one. No one on our team has ever beaten Penalvo," commented head coach Lin Loring. "Against Ball State we played on guts. We had had half of the team with colds, so we were pretty tired for the 2nd match. We played tough when we had to."

    Indiana will take the week to practice before heading to North Carolina to face the TarHeels on Saturday. The Hoosiers will then venture just up Tobacco Road for a Sunday showdown with 2nd ranked Duke.

             Indiana		Marquette	Winner	Score
    Singles:
    1.  Correne Stout	vs.	Elisa Penalvo	IU	6-0,7-5
    2.  Zahra Ahamed	vs.	Ana Fernandez	MU	7-6,2-6,4-6
    3.  Kelly Blanch	vs.	Esther Ruiz de Ora	IU	6-3,7-5
    4.  Jessica Anderson	vs.	Sara Fernandez	IU	6-3,6-1
    5.  Christy Sharp	vs.	Jessie Click	IU	6-4,6-0
    6.  Ana Ceretto	vs.	Christine DiMasi	IU	6-4,6-0
    Doubles:
    1.  Kelly Blanch/	vs.	Ana Penalvo/	IU	8-6
         Correne Stout		Ana Fernandez
    2.  Zahra Ahamed/	vs.	Sara Fernandez/	MU	8-4
         Kelly Fitzgerald	vs.	Esther Ruiz de Ora	
    3.  Jessica Anderson/	vs.	Jessie Klick/	IU	8-4
         Christy Sharp		Christine DiMasi
    
    FINAL SCORE:	Indiana 7
    			Marquette 2
    Continued...
    
             Indiana		Ball State	Winner	Score
    Singles:
    1.  Correne Stout	vs.	Gena Tranquada	IU	6-4,7-6(7-5)
    2.  Zahra Ahamed	vs.	Libby Gerding	IU	6-2,6-1
    3.  Kelly Blanch	vs.	Darcy Poulos	IU	6-2,6-2
    4.  Jessica Anderson	vs.	Susie Miller	IU	6-2,6-0
    5.  Christy Sharp	vs.	Gayle Larsen	IU	6-1,6-1
    6.  Candice Donahoe	vs.	Anna Thai	IU	6-2,6-0
    Doubles:
    1.  Kelly Blanch/	vs.	Libby Gerding/	BSU	8-6
         Correne Stout		Darcy Poulos
    2.  Zahra Ahamed/	vs.	Susie Miller/	IU	9-9(7-5)
         Ana Ceretto	vs.	Gena Tranquada
    3.  Kelly Fitzgerald/	vs.	Gayle Larsen/	IU	8-2
         Rebecca Wallihan		Christie Peterson
    FINAL SCORE:	Indiana 8
    			Ball State 1
    
    RECORD:  	5-2 overall; 
    		0-0 Big Ten
    


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