Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana women's tennis team split a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon and snapped a five match losing streak in the process. In the day's first match, the Hoosiers lost their fifth straight match, all to ranked opponents, 5-2 to No. 75 DePaul. Indiana rebounded later in the day by downing intrastate foe Butler, 6-1. The Hoosiers are now 6-7 on the season, while DePaul is 10-6 and Butler is 4-6.
DePaul had it going from the beginning as they claimed the doubles point despite a heavily contested match up. The Blue Demons took an early led with the victory at No. 3 doubles. Indiana responded though to claim the No. 1 position. Despite trailing 3-0 early in the match, the tandem of freshman Sarah Batty and junior Martina Grimm broke Scilvia Kelemen and Marina Parashkevova three times, including the point to clinch the match, 8-5.
The doubles point came down to the No. 2 position, and it went down to the wire. Senior Karie Schlukebir and sophomore Dominika Walterova opened up a 3-0 advantage over Karen Falduto and Natalie Matko, but the Blue Demon duo responded to even it up. The match stayed on serve until DePaul broke the Hoosiers to take an 8-7 advantage. Falduto and Matko then served out the match for a 9-7 win.
In singles, DePaul claimed the first three victories in straight sets to clinch the team win. The Blue Demons won at No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
The final three matches all went to third set super tiebreakers. Indiana would close the final margin to 5-2 with wins at No. 1 and No. 3 singles.
Perhaps the best match of the day was at the No. 1 position, where Batty filled in nicely for Tran. Batty won the first set over DePaul's Scilvia Kelemen, 7-5. After following behind in the second 3-0, the Hoosier freshman fought back to even it at five. Kelemen would not be denied though as she broke Batty in the 11th game and served out a 7-5 second set win. In the decisive third set super tiebreaker, Batty had it going early. She opened up an 8-0 advantage on her way to a 10-3 win in the final set.
"I thought Sarah had a really nice win playing for the first time at No. 1 singles," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "With Linda out, she played tough and won against a pretty good girl."
Senior Karie Schlukebir picked up the Hoosiers' other three set victory. The Kalamazoo, Mich., native won the first set in a tie-breaker, 7-6, against Brenda Leung of DePaul. Leung fought back to claim the second, 6-3. In the third set super tiebreaker, Schlukebir opened up a lead that she would not surrender as she won 10-6.
Butler Recap: The Hoosiers started strong against the Bulldogs as they swept the doubles winning at all three positions. At No. 1, the team of freshman Sarah Batty and junior Martina Grimm upped their record to 13-7 overall with an 8-3 win over Christina Laun and Alaina Griffin.
Senior Karie Schlukebir and sophomore Dominika Walterova clinched the doubles point for Indiana with a win at No. 2. The tandem downed Tayo Bailey and Laurel Clements, 8-2. The duo improved to 1-1 on the year.
Sophomore Jessica Groth and freshman Sophie Rychlik capped the Hoosier sweep with an 8-5 decision over Lisa Valle and Annie Gantz. Rychlik and Groth led 5-2 before the Butler duo evened it at five. Indiana would not be denied though as they rattled off the last three points for the win. Groth and Rychlik are now 4-5 on the season.
Batty was the first off the court for the Hoosiers at No. 1 as she breezed by Christina Laun, 6-0, 6-1. The Hoosier freshman filled in for junior Linda Tran, Indiana's No. 1 singles player, who was out due to illness. Batty upped her season mark to 14-12, and she is 2-0 at the No. 1 singles position.
At No. 2 singles, junior Martina Grimm returned to her winning form as she downed Alaina Griffin in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4. The win improved Grimm's record to 17-10 on the season.
Senior Karie Schlukebir picked up her second win of the day at No. 3 singles. She downed Tayo Bailey in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1. Schlukebir upped her overall mark to 13-5. She is 4-0 at the No. 3 singles spot and 8-2 in singles this spring.
Sophomore Dominika Walterova won her second match of the season at No.4 singles. She downed Laurel Clements, 6-1, 6-4. The win upped her overall mark to 6-17 this season.
At the No. 6 spot, sophomore Jessica Groth got her second win of the season and first of the spring. Groth beat Annie Gantz, 6-2, 6-4, in straight sets.
The Hoosiers will have two week off before their next competition. Indiana will play host to Cincinnati and Bowling Green on Saturday, March 15. The match against Bowling Green will carry a 9:30 a.m. start time, while the Cincinnati match will be at 2:30 p.m.