Loring on Saturday
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. Admission to all of the matches is free.
Indiana head coach Lin Loring sat down with IUHOOSIERS.com to discuss the upcoming weekend of matches.
On this week of practice:
LL: "We have been working on some of the same things that we have been all season. We haven't been doing anything in particular in preparation for this weekend. In doubles, we need to do a better job of lobbing the net man when we get a really tough first serve. That is something that we have really been concentrating on."
On the doubles teams:
LL: "I think that we will continue to experiment a little with the doubles combinations, but for the most part the doubles teams have gelled. You can't always tell from the scores of the matches because some schools have played their doubles teams out of order. So I think that our doubles teams are where they need to be and in the order they should be."
LL: "They have played some strong oppoenents this season. I fell like they will give us some competitive matches in our line up."
On Western Michigan:
LL: "This is a match that is really going to be a challenge for us. They are 3-0 against teams from the Big Ten this spring. All three of those teams went to the NCAA Tournament last year. I'm not sure if there has ever been a MAC [Mid-American Conference] team that has beaten three Big Ten teams that all went to the tournament the year before. They probably have one of the best teams they ever had, and we are expecting it to be a great match. They have been getting most of their points at two and three doubles and four, five and six singles. So we are going to have to beat them at some of those positions. We will also have to win some points at the top against them."
On what he would like to see out of the team this weekend:
LL: "I would like to see the same singles effort that we had against Kentucky. We played really solid at every position. Even though we lost that match, we played really well throughout our line up. I want to see us competitive in every singles match we play this weekend."
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