Hoosiers Crack Top 25
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's tennis team moved up two places, to 25th in nation, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I Rankings released on March 1. The Hoosiers posted wins over Marquette, 7-0, and No. 44 Western Michigan, 6-1, en route to the new standing in the weekly poll.
"I think a lot of that has to do with the win over Western Michigan, since they had already beaten Ohio State, Purdue and Illinois," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "We also don't have a bad loss on our record yet. Every team that we have lost to has been ranked pretty high at the time of the contest."
IU ranked 25th in the final 2004 poll, but cracks the top-25 for the first time in 2005.
Stanford retained the top spot by garnering eight first-place votes for a total of 600 points. Florida is second (588), followed by Georgia (584) and Northwestern (576), while Duke (568) rounds out the top-five.
The Hoosiers are ranked second among all Big Ten teams with 411 points, while Michigan is third, 28th place, with 377 points.
"Most of the players have been playing at a consistently high level," Loring said. "We have had some matches that we may have lost, but we couldn't have played much better at any of the positions. We have been pleased with the level of play and we have had very few situations where the players didn't bring their `A' game."
The Hoosiers will not return to the courts until Thursday, March 10, for a showdown with No. 17 TCU. The match is slated to begin at 3 p.m. and will be played in the IU Varsity Tennis Center.
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