HOOSIERS HEAD FOR TOBACCO ROAD
="22798weekly"> February 27, 1998
HOOSIERS HEAD FOR TOBACCO ROAD
North Carolina, 2nd ranked Duke on tap for Indiana
THIS WEEK: The Indiana women's tennis team faces a pair of ACC opponents this weekend. The Hoosiers will head to Chapel Hill on Saturday the 28th for a 10:00 a.m. court time against the TarHeels. They will then head just up Tobacco Road for a clash with the number 2 nationally rated Duke Blue Devils. Duke's top player, Vanessa Webb, is ranked 7th in the nation in singles and teams with Karen Goldstein to field the 3rd rated doubles team in the country. The 'Devils have four players among the Rolex top 100 players and place two doubles teams among the top 30. That match will begin at 12:00 noon.
HOOSIERS SWEEP WEEKEND MATCH-UPS: Indiana hosted Marquette and Ball State last weekend in a pair of regional showdowns. The Hoosiers defeated both Marquette 7-2 in the opening match, taking five of the six singles positions. Correne Stout became the first Hoosier to defeat Marquette star Elisa Penalvo, disposing of her in straight sets, 6-0,7-5. In the afternoon match, the Hoosiers breezed by Ball State, 8-1. Indiana won all six singles matches in straight sets. Junior Candice Donahoe saw her first action of the season, defeating Anna Thai, 6-2,6-0, at the six slot.
INDIANA'S ACE: Senior Correne Stout continued to dominate last weekend, upping her singles mark to 17-1. In her first match she became the first Hoosier to defeat Marquette's Elisa Penalvo, knocking her off 6-0,7-5 in straight sets. Against Ball State, Stout knocked off another tough opponent, Gena Tranquada, 6-4,7-6(7-5), to notch her 17th win of the season. In doubles she coninues to star as well, collecting her 19th victory of the season against Penalvo and Ana Fernandez. Stout teamed up with Kelly Blanch in the 8-6 victory.
TOUGH COMPETITION: Indiana could possibly have one of the nation's toughest schedules this year. The Hoosiers will face 17 teams that rank among the nationUs top 75 in the recent Rolex Collegiate Rankings. Ten doubles teams in the top 55 and 18 individuals among the nation's elite 110 players will compete agains the Hoosiers some time this season. In the conference, six of the 11 teams received top 60 recognition. Northwestern is the highest ranking Big Ten team at number 22. Wisconsin and Michigan also precede the Hoosiers, entering the season ranked 25th and 28th respectively. The Hoosiers toughest opponent, however, could be Duke, who entered the season ranked 3rd in the nation.
FITZGERALD HONORED: Kelly Fitzgerald was recently named a Scholastic Achievement Award winner for her efforts in the classroom. The award is given annually to one athlete in each varsity sport to honor and acknowledge the academic excellence of the recipient. Fizgerald's name will be permanently displayed on a plaque in the north lobby of Assembly Hall as a reminder of the honor she has brought to Indiana through her outstanding performance both on the court and in the classroom. Fitzgerald was also named the 1998 Jack D. Tichenor Award Winner for women's sports. The Tichenor award is presented to the male and female athlete with the highest degree of academic excellence.
POTPOURRI: Senior Correne Stout has won 24 of her last 27 doubles matches dating back to last season...Kelly Fitzgerald has won 8 of her last 9 doubles matches...Christy Sharp recently recorded her 60th victory at Indiana...she recorded number 60 with a 6-1,6-1 decision over Ball States Gayle Larson last Saturday...the Hoosiers already have three players closing in on the twenty win plateau...Stout currently has 19 doubles victories and 17 singles wins while Ahamed has 117 doubles wins...Zahra Ahamed has won 14 of her last 16 singles matches...Jessica Anderson has won 6 of her last 7 singles matche...the number two doubles team of McCarney and Ahamed has won its last six matches...Fitzgerald and Wallihan have also won their last six doubles matches
HEAD COACH LIN LORING: Loring is entering his 21st season at the helm of the Hoosiers tennis program. In his 20 seasons he has compiled an impressive 499-121 overall record while amassing a 238-20 mark against Big Ten foes. The four time Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year and two time National Coach of-the-Year has 541 victories against 138 defeats in his 24 year career. Prior to Indiana, Loring coached for four seasons at his alma mater, UC-Santa Barbara.
THE NUMBERS GAME: In the latest Rolex Collegiate Rankings the Hoosiers were ranked 7th in the Midwest Region and 35th in the nation. Megan McCarney was rated 28th in the region in singles while Jessica Anderson was right behind her at 29. on the horizon: Indiana opens the Big Ten season with a pair of home matches against Minnesota and Iowa on March 7th and 8th. After that the Hooisers will host non-conference opponent UNLV before heading to Michigan for a pair of matches against the Wolverines and Michigan State.
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