Women's Tennis

    Not One, But Two Top-3 Opponents This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Leslie Hureau
    Go Hoosiers!
    Leslie Hureau
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 3, 2010

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 30 Indiana University women's tennis team (10-2) has a challenging weekend lying ahead, set to take on No. 3 Notre Dame (10-1) in a road contest Friday (3 p.m.) before coming back to Bloomington for home match versus No. 1 Northwestern (10-1) on Sunday (11 a.m.).

    Live match updates for both matches will be available right here at IUHoosiers.com.

    The Northwestern Wildcats are the top-ranked team in this week's ITA national rankings. NU enters the weekend 10-1 overall and 1-0 in Big Ten action after a 5-2 win at Illinois last week. The Wildcats will make a stop in West Lafayette to face Purdue Saturday afternoon before arriving in Bloomington for today's battle with the Hoosiers.

    Northwestern's top two players are Maria Mosolova and Samantha Murray. They are slotted as the No. 13 and No. 31 singles players, respectively. Mosolova is the two-time defending Big Ten Player of the Year and ended last season as the second-ranked player in the country after her All-American performance.

    In addition, Elena Chernyakova is an elite doubles player. Chernyakova is listed twice the ITA doubles rankings, pairing with Lauren Lui as the 13th-best duo while also being listed with Brittany Wowchuk at No. 51. Murray and Kate Turvy round out the stable of ranked Wildcats, coming in as the No. 59 doubles team this week.

    Notre Dame has a trio of players listed in the singles rankings, including Kristy Frilling (#14), Christine McGaffigan (#90) and Shannon Matthews (#92). McGaffigan is the sister of former IU Hoosier tennis player, Laura McGaffigan (2004-07). The Fighting Irish also have a doubles tandem ranked amongst the country's elite. Frilling teams with Kali Krisik to form the third-ranked squad.

    Last week, after topping a top-10 opponent in Tennessee, Head Coach Lin Loring warned his team they would no longer be under the national radar. This week, the ITA's national rankings took notice as well.



    Lindsey Stuckey and Evgeniya Vertesheva's 11-1 mark has earned them the denotation of the No. 24 doubles team in the country.

    Meanwhile, freshman Leslie Hureau has immediately made her impact to the Hoosier tennis program. She is slotted No. 101 in this week's national singles rankings with her 19-5 record.

    It took 16 sets worth of singles play to decide last week's ultra-tight match as Indiana got by the visiting Oregon Ducks, 4-3 to improve to 10-2 on the season.

    The doubles point came down to No. doubles as the other two contests were split. Myriam Sopel and Katya Zapadalova shined under the pressure, securing the doubles point with an 8-6 victory

    Though doubles action was intense, it had nothing on singles. Four of six singles matches went three sets and the second set in the two straight-set matches were decided by scores of 7-5 and 7-6.

    The Hoosiers continue Big Ten play next week when they host No. 43 Illinois on Friday, March 12 at 3 p.m.

    Indiana has won five of the last six meetings with the Fighting Illini, but will look to avenge a loss to Illinois in last year's Big Ten opener.

    Leslie Hureau was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week for women's tennis on Tuesday (Feb. 23). She posted a 4-0 mark last week, leading the Hoosiers to a pair of wins over traditional national women's tennis powers, #10 Tennessee and Kentucky.

    The conference office has given seven weekly awards thus far during the 2010 spring season with Indiana and Michigan the only two schools to receive multiple laurels. Evegeniya Vertesheva was named the Big Ten Athlete of the Week back on Jan. 26.


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