Hoosiers Return Home for Matches Against DePaul and Ball State
The 24th-ranked Indiana womens tennis team (6-3) returns home for a doubleheader on Saturday, March 6 against DePaul at 9:30 a.m and Ball State at 2:30 p.m.
Make A Day Of It
Indiana States womens tennis team will also be competing on Saturday, but will not face the Hoosiers. ISU faces Ball State at 9:30 a.m., then goes head-to-head with DePaul at 2:30 p.m.
Things Get Tough
Indiana has a tough schedule this year. The Hoosiers face 16 ranked opponents this season. Seven of those opponents are currently in the top-25, and nine of Indianas matches against ranked opponents will be played on the road. On the season, the Hoosiers are 2-3 when playing an opponent ranked in the top-25 at the time of the match.
Current Top 25 Opponents L, 6-1 vs. No. 6 Duke
@ No. 7 Northwestern
@ No. 16 Texas A&M
vs. No. 17 Illinois
@ No. 18 Michigan
L, 5-2 @ No. 19 Notre Dame
W, 5-2 vs. No. 20 Kentucky
Who To Watch
Look no further than the Cream and Crimson. When the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its team rankings on March 2, the Hoosiers improved to a ranking of 24th.
When the national player rankings came out on Feb. 24, five Indiana womens players were recognized. Seniors Martina Grimm, Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran, junior Dora Vastag and sophomore Sarah Batty all remained ranked among the best in the nation.
Vastag moved up to being ranked 30th in singles. Her overall record this spring is 6-3. She has knocked off current 27th-ranked Tammy Encina of Tennessee, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. In a hard-fought match against current sixth-ranked Amanda Johnson of Duke, she was able to force the match into a third set where she ended up falling, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Vastag came back strong the following weekend against Kentucky to defeated currenly 19th-ranked Aibika Kalsarieva in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. Against Notre Dame, she fell to 17th-ranked Alicia Salas, 6-0, 6-2.
Grimm and Batty moved up in the doubles rankings to 44th. The tandem is 3-2 in matches this spring. They fell 9-7 to Maharaj and Robards of Tennessee. Against Duke, had a 9-8 victory over Zika and Cargill to secure Indiana the doubles point. They fell 8-5 to Kalsrieva and Maurer of Kentucky. Against Notre Dame, the tandem picked up the Hoosiers only doubles win, defeating L. Connelly and Salas, 8-6.
Schlukebir and Tran are right behind Grimm and Batty, ranked 45th in the nation in doubles. The duo has a record of 5-4 this spring. Against Tennessee, they downed ranked Encina and Immink, 8-1. Against Notre Dame, they faced 42nd-ranked Thompson and Thompson where they fell,
DePauls Gergana Ganeva will be the only ranked player the Hoosiers will face this weekend. Ganeva is ranked 98th with a record of 10-6 this spring.
DePaul begins a nine-match road trip when it travels to Bloomington for its match against the Hoosiers. The Blue Demons are 11-5, (1-0 Conference USA), and 1-3 against Big Ten opponents this spring. DePaul comes into its match with Indiana riding a five-match winning streak. Most recently, DePaul picked up victories against Butler, 7-0, and Northern Illinois, 6-1.
This is only the second meeting between the two schools. The Hoosiers dropped the first meeting, last season, 5-2.
Scouting Ball State
Ball States match against Indiana will be its sixth on a seven-match road stretch. The Cardinals are 6-3 (2-0 Mid-American Conference), and 0-1 against Big Ten opponents this spring. Ball State comes into Saturday riding a three-match winning streak, most recently against Youngstown State, 7-0.
IU-Ball State Series Indiana is undefeated against Ball State, having an overall series record of 14-0. The Hoosiers defeated the Cardinals, 5-2, last season.
Last Time Out
Indiana split its matches last weekend against Marquette and 20th-ranked Notre Dame.
Against Marquette, Indiana captured its second sweep of the season, defeating Marquette 7-0.
The Hoosiers captured the doubles point, as all three doubles teams won their respective matches. The 45th-ranked doubles team of seniors Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran defeated Dabrowski and Briseno, 8-4, while the 44th-ranked doubles team of senior Martina Grimm and sophomore Sarah Batty captured an 8-2 win over Trujillo-Herrera and Charron. Junior Dora Vastag and freshman Laura McGaffigan had an 8-4 win over Espinosa and Smith.
Indiana carried its momentum into singles as the Hoosiers captured wins at all six positions. Vastag, the 30th-ranked player in the country, captured a 6-3, 6-4 win over Briseno. Batty captured an easy 6-0, 6-0 win over Charron. McGaffigan defeated Smith 6-0, 6-4. Freshman Cecile Perton was the only Hoosier to drop a set, but pulled out the win in a third-set tiebreaker, 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (6), over Espinosa. Grimm, playing in her second singles match of the dual season, defeated Bonnelly, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 26 Indiana- 7, Marquette- 0
1) Dora Vastag (IU) def. Veronica Garcia Briseno (MU); 6-3, 6-4
2) Sarah Batty (IU) def. Genevieve Charron (MU); 6-0, 6-0
3) Laura McGaffigan (IU) def. Callan Smith (MU); 6-0, 6-4
4) Karie Schlukebir (IU) def. Eva Trujillo-Herrera (MU); 6-4, 6-3
5) Cecile Perton (IU) def. Annabelle Espinose (MU); 6-4, 5-7, 1-0 (6)
6) Martina Grimm (IU) def. Francina Bonnelly (MU); 6-1, 6-0
The Hoosiers dropped the doubles point, only being able to capture a win at the No. 2 doubles position. The 44th-ranked doubles team of senior Martina Grimm and sophomore Sarah Batty captured the 8-6 win over L. Connelly and Salas, handing Connelly and Salas their first lost on the dual season.
Indiana dropped the first four singles matches to finish, but would not give up without a fight. Senior Linda Tran captured a 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8) win over Christian Thompson, and freshman Laura McGaffigan defeated Lauren Connelly, 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8), handing Connelly her first loss on the dual season, in the final two singles matches to be completed.
#20 Notre Dame- 5, #26 Indiana- 2
1) #17 Alicia Salas (ND) d. #30 Dora Vastag (IU) 6-0, 6-2
2) Linda Tran (IU) d. Christian Thompson (ND) 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8)
3) Catrina Thompson (ND) d. Sarah Batty (IU) 6-3, 6-2
4) Laura McGaffigan (IU) d. Lauren Connelly (ND) 5-7, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8)
5) Sarah Jane Connelly (ND) d. Karie Schlukebir (IU) 7-5, 6-3
6) Kristina Stastny (ND) d. Martina Grimm (IU) 6-3, 6-0
Order of Finish: 1, 6, 3, 5, 2, 4
1) #42 Thompson/Thompson (ND) d. #45 Schlukebir/Tran (IU) 8-4
2) #44 Batty/Grimm (IU) d. L. Connelly/Salas (ND) 8-6
3) S.J. Connelly/Stastny (ND) d. McGaffigan/Vastag ((IU) 8-6
Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2
IU in the Rankings
Indiana continued to climb in the ITA top-75 rankings for the fifth-straight week. The Hoosiers enter the weekend with a 24th overall ranking.
IU In The ITA Rankings
Release Date Position
January 13 T-75
January 27 36
February 10 36
February 24 26
March 2 24
Around the Big Ten
The Big Ten Conference is well represented in the ITA rankings with 10 out of 11 teams among the top 75. Here is a breakdown of where the Big Ten schools are in the rankings:
37 Ohio State
T75 Penn State
The Hoosiers travel to the state of Texas for their final two non-conference matches of the spring dual season. Indiana takes on 16th-ranked Texas A&M on Tuesday, Mar. 16 at 6 p.m. The Hoosiers then play 44th-ranked Texas Christian at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 18.