Scouting the Weekend Foes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 27 Indiana women's tennis team will play a pair of matches on Saturday, Feb. 26, in the IU Varsity Center. The Hoosiers host Marquette at 9:30 a.m., and No. 44 Western Michigan at 2:30 p.m. Louisville and Western Michigan will battle at 9:30 a.m., and Marquette and Louisville will square off on Sunday, Feb. 27, at 9:00 a.m. Admission to all of the matches is free.
Marquette Golden Eagles:
Marquette is 3-5 on the season and will begin an eight-match road trip with its contest against Indiana. The Golden Eagles defeated Bowling Green, 4-3, on Feb. 20 in their last outing. Marquette is a young team, with a roster that consists of four freshmen and four sophomores.
The Golden Eagles opened their season with a 7-0 loss at then-No. 33 Illinois, before they evened their slate with a 5-2 win over Northern Illinois, a week later, on Jan. 29.
Marquette has played two other Big Ten opponents this season; a 7-0 loss at home to then-No. 57 Iowa and a road defeat, 7-0, at then-No. 36 Wisconsin.
Sophomore Callan Smith and freshman Maria Calbeto play at the No. 1 and 2 singles positions respectively for the Golden Eagles. The duo also forms the top doubles tandem for the squad.
Jody Bronson is in her 19th season as the head coach of the Golden Eagles.
Western Michigan Broncos:
No. 44 Western Michigan is 6-2 on the year and has been surging recently, winning four of its last five matches. The Broncos have beaten three ranked teams this season, all from the Big Ten.
Western Michigan bested then-No. 49 Ohio State, 5-2 on Jan. 29, then-No. 45 Purdue, 4-3, on Feb. 8, and most recently then-No. 35 Illinois, 4-3, on Feb. 20. The Broncos also dropped a close 4-3 decision to then-No. 32 Alabama on Jan. 30.
Junior Rattiya Hiranrat is 4-4 at the No. 1 singles position, while freshman Pryanka Parekh is 8-0 on the spring, playing at the No. 3 through No. 5 spots. Hiranrat and freshman Noriko Saruta are 6-0 at the No. 2 doubles slot for the Broncos.
WMU head coach Betsy Kuhle is now in her 23rd year as the helm.
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