Feb. 22, 2007
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 29 Hoosiers travel to Knoxville, Tenn., to take on No. 22 Tennessee on Saturday, Feb. 24. Action begins at noon EST.
LAST TIME OUT
The No. 37 Hoosiers upset No. 21 Kentucky, 5-2 on Feb. 18. Indiana earned the doubles point with wins at No. 2 and No. 3, then had singles wins from Laura McGaffigan (who upset No. 60 Joelle Schwenk, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 2), Sigrid Fischer, Cecile Perton and Lindsey Stuckey to earn the victory.
Tennessee (4-1) is ranked 22nd in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Collegiate Rankings. The Lady Vols are led by Blakeley Griffith, who is ranked 21st in the singles rankings. Tennessee has several victories over ranked opponents this year, including a 6-1 win over No. 24 Michigan and a 4-3 victory over No. 28 Virginia.
For the first time since the 2002 season, Indiana started the year 8-0. The Hoosiers finished 2002 with a 17-10 overall record and a 6-6 Big Ten mark.
HOOSIERS RANKED IN ITA POLL
The Hoosiers are ranked No. 29th in the fifth ITA FILA Collegiate Rankings of the season, released Feb. 21. Indiana began the year ranked 43rd, and has moved up steadily since then. Indiana is one of six Big Ten teams ranked in the poll. Northwestern, ranked at No. 6, leads all Big Ten teams in the poll.
HOOSIERS UPSET RANKED OPPONENTS
Senior Laura McGaffigan began the latest Hoosier to upset a ranked opponent with a 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 60 Joelle Schwenk at No. 2 singles against Kentucky on Feb. 28.
During the fall season, sophomore Alba Berdala defeated No. 37 Inga Beermann of Virginia Tech, 6-1, 6-3 at the Western Michigan Super Challenge on Nov. 11.
BERDALA EARNS INDIVIDUAL RANKINGS
Sophomore Alba Berdala began the year ranked at No. 86 nationally in the FILA Collegiate Tennis Rankings. It was the first time in her career that she was ranked. Berdala is 8-3 in the dual-match season and 14-8 on the year in singles.
Senior Cecile Perton started the dual-match season with nine straight singles wins at No. 5. She is currently 10-1 in dual-matches and 15-8 on the year. Perton competes with Sigrid Fischer at No. 2 doubles. The duo won its first eight matches of the spring campaign, and is currently 9-2. Fischer and Perton are 14-6 on the season.