Hoosiers Return To Big Ten Play With Match Against Purdue
March 8, 2000 Hoosiers Return To Big Ten Play With Match Against Purdue
On Tap...The women's tennis team returns to Big Ten play on Saturday with a home match against Purdue at 11 a.m. Last year, the Hoosiers defeated the Boilermakers 4-3 in West Lafayette. Indiana holds the series lead with a 39-1 record.
Scouting Purdue...The 51st-ranked Boilermakers come into this weekend's match with a 5-4 overall record, while going 1-1 in the Big Ten. Last weekend, Purdue lost to Kentucky 5-4, before defeating Utah 7-2. Purdue began the Big Ten season two weeks ago with a loss to Iowa 4-3 and a win over Wisconsin 5-2. The Boilermakers are led this year by seniors Jennifer Embry and Shannon Taheny, who are ranked 15th in the ITA double rankings and are the team's top two players. Head Coach Lin Loring said, "The match versus Purdue should be very close. We beat them 4-3 last year in a very exciting match that came down to the last match. We pretty much expect the same thing this year. The last three times we played have been really close, so it should be an exciting match."
Hoosiers Fall To Lady Vols...The women's tennis team had its four match winning streak snapped last Saturday with a 5-2 loss to 18th-ranked Tennessee. The Hoosiers started the day off with three close doubles matches, but were only able to pull out a victory in one of them. Indiana won two of the six singles matches and lost one of them in a third set tiebreaker.
In The Rankings...The women's tennis team moved up one spot in the recent ITA rankings and is ranked 37th...the Hoosiers are ranked 7th in the Midwest Region...Senior Jessica Anderson and Junior Kelly Blanch are ranked 31st nationally in doubles. They are also ranked 8th in the region...Blanch is ranked #20 in the Midwest Region, while Anderson is ranked 8th.
Against Ranked Opponents...Indiana has faced a ranked opponent in each of its last six matches. During that span, the Hoosiers have posted a record of 4-2 with the losses coming in close matches against #18 Tennessee and #49 Georgia Tech. They have picked up wins over #32 Iowa, #44 Maryland, #36 Marquette and #49 Wisconsin.
Climbing The Record Books...Senior Jessica Anderson posted her 100th career singles victory with a win over Wisconsin's April Gabler 6-4,6-7,6-1 on February 26. She currently has a 16-5 record on the season. Anderson is currently 16th on the Hoosiers' all-time singles winning list with a 101 victories and one win away from tying Bev Ramser for 15th.
Strength At The Bottom...Senior Becky Wallihan has always been a solid doubles performer for the Hoosiers, but this year she also provided great play at the No. 6 singles spot. After playing in only one singles dual match a year ago, Wallihan has posted a 4-2 record this year.
Rebounding With A Vengeance...After posting an 8-29 singles record last year, junior Kelly Blanch has bounced back to have an outstanding year so far. Blanch has gone 6-3 in dual matches this season and an overall record of 14-5.
Fabulous Freshman...Jessica Levin has began her career at Indiana University with 8-1 dual record and a 16-8 overall record going into the weekend. Levin has also proved to be a solid doubles competitor by posting an overall 19-5 record.
Steady In The Lineup...Sophomore Amanda Field has provided a solid performance at three different positions in the singles lineup. Currently, she is playing at the No. 4 position and has posted a 1-1 record. She has also seen time at the No. 3 and No. 5 positions and has an overall dual record of 7-2.
Doubles Play...The Hoosiers three doubles teams have posted a 21-4 record in the nine matches this season. The No. 1 team of Jessica Anderson and Kelly Blanch is 7-2. Jessica Levin and Becky Wallihan are 8-1 at No. 2. Amanda Field has gone 6-0 at No. 3, posting a 3-0 record with Zahra Ahamed and a 3-1 record with Jennifer Hsia.
Head Coach Lin Loring...is currently in his 22nd season as the Head Coach of the Hoosiers women's tennis team. In his 22 season's he has compiled a remarkable overall record of 537-148, while accumulating a 260-30 record against Big Ten opponents. The four-time Big Ten Coach -of the-Year and two-time National Coach-of-the -Year, has compiled a 579-163 overall record in his 27 year coaching career. Prior to Indiana, coach Loring spent four-years as the Head Coach of UC-Santa Barbara.
Accessing IU...All information about the Indiana University women's tennis team can be accessed on the web. Just go to http://www.athletics.indiana.edu.
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