Hoosiers Hit the Road for Matches Against Marquette and Notre Dame
The 26th-ranked Indiana womens tennis team (5-2) go on the road to face Marquette on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m and then take on 20th-ranked Notre Dame on Sunday, Feb. 29 at 10 a.m
Things Get Tough
Indiana has a tough schedule this year. The Hoosiers face 15 ranked opponents this season. Eight of those opponents are in the top-25, and nine of those matches against ranked opponents will be played on the road. This season, the Hoosiers are currently 2-2 when playing an opponent ranked in the top-25.
Who To Watch
Look no further than the Cream and Crimson. When the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its team rankings on Feb. 24, the Hoosiers improved to a ranking of 26th.
When the national player rankings came out on Feb. 24, five Indiana womens players were recognized. Seniors Martina Grimm, Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran, junior Dora Vastag and sophomore Sarah Batty all remained ranked among the best in the nation.
Vastag moved up to being ranked 30th in singles. Her overall record this spring is
5-2. She has knocked off current 27th-ranked Tammy Encina of Tennessee, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. In a hard-fought match against current sixth-ranked Amanda Johnson of Duke, she was able to force the match into a third set where she ended up falling, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Vastag came back strong the following weekend to defeated currenly 19th-ranked Aibika Kalsarieva in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.
Grimm and Batty move up the rankings to 44th in doubles. The tandem is 1-2 in matches this spring. They fell 9-7 to Maharaj and Robards of Tennessee. Against Duke, had a 9-8 victory over Zika and Cargill to give Indiana the doubles point. Then fell 8-5 to Kalsrieva and Maurer of Kentucky.
Schlukebir and Tran are right behind Grimm and Batty, ranked 45th in the nation in doubles. The duo has a record of 4-3 this spring. Against Tennessee, they downed ranked Encina and Immink, 8-1.
While as a team Notre Dame is ranked 20th, the Irish only have one ranked singles player and one ranked doubles team. Alicia Salas is ranked 17th with a 5-2 record during dual season. The doubles team of Thompson and Thompson is ranked 42nd.
The Golden Eagles are 3-5 this spring. Their five losses came at the hands of ninth-ranked North Carolina, 18th-ranked Illinois, 43rd-ranked Iowa, 70th-ranked Wisconsin and Western Michigan.
Indiana leads the overall series 8-1. The Hoosiers have a five-match winning streak against the Golden Eagles.
Scouting Notre Dame
The Fighting Irish are 6-1 this spring with their only loss at the hands of 19th-ranked Michigan. In Notre Dames last match, it captured a 6-1 victory over 23rd-ranked BYU.
IU-Notre Dame Series
Indiana leads the overall series 12-7. The Hoosiers lost to the Irish last season, 6-1. The last time the Hoosiers picked up a win against Notre Dame was during the 01-02 season when they defeated the Irish,
5-2, in South Bend.
Last Time Out
The 36th-ranked Indiana womens tennis team pulled off its second upset of the season by knocking off 12th-ranked Kentucky in a hard-fought 5-2 victory. It marked the end to Indianas nine-match losing skid to the Wildcats, and the first victory since the 1992-93 season. The Hoosiers improved to 5-2 on the season, while Kentucky dropped to 8-5.
The Hoosiers began the morning dropping doubles, 2-1. The only tandem to win was Dora Vastag and Laura McGaffigan, 8-3, over Coventry and Winebrenner. The two other doubles matches were battles which Kentucky came away victorious as Foster and Schwenk defeated 24th-ranked Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran, 8-6 and Kalsarieva and Maurer defeated 50th-ranked Martina Grimm and Sarah Batty, 8-5.
The Hoosiers came back strong in singles, winning five of six to capture the upset. Indiana took an early 2-1 advantage as Tran and Vastag captured early wins. Tran defeated Foster 6-0, 6-2 and Vastag defeated 23rd-ranked Kalsarieva 6-2, 6-4. Kentucky was able to even the score at two-all as Maurer defeated McGaffigan, 6-3, 6-3. Perton put the Hoosiers back on top by downing Coventry 6-2, 7-5.
The final two matches were forced into a third set. After losing the first set 6-2, Batty won the second 6-3. She went on to win the third set 6-4 to clinch the win for the Hoosiers. Schlukebir, in the final match to finish, added the Hoosiers fifth win as she was able to down Sober, 6-0, 6-7, 6-3.