No. 20 TCU & PSU Notes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After an 11-day layoff, the No. 27 Indiana women's tennis team will return to the courts this Thursday, March 10, for a home match with No. 20 TCU. The contest is slated to begin at 3 p.m., and will be played in the IU Varsity Tennis Center. The Hoosiers then will travel to University Park, Pa., to open Big Ten play against the Nittany Lions on Sunday, March 13. The league battle starts at 10 a.m., and will be held in the Penn State Tennis Center.
IU News and Notes:
***Under Indiana head coach Lin Loring the Hoosiers are 23-4 all-time in Big Ten openers. IU and Penn State have only met once to open Big Ten play and that was on Feb. 15, 1992. The Hoosiers came away with a 9-0 victory.
***Dating back to the fall, junior Sarah Batty has won eight of her last 11 matches and freshman Brianna Williams has captured 11 of 16.
***Senior Dora Vastag, ranked 99th in the nation, has an overall mark of 14-10, but five of her losses have come to players ranked among the top 100 by the ITA.
***Vastag, Batty, and sophomore Cecile Perton have played in all 11 matches this spring. Batty and sophomore Laura McGaffigan have a team-best eight wins on the spring.
No Bad Losses Here:
Indiana has lost five matches on the season, but all of the defeats have come to teams ranked in the top 20 at the time of the meeting: then-No. 7 Kentucky, then-No. 8 Duke, then-No. 15 North Carolina, then-No. 18 Tennessee and then-No. 19 Texas A&M. Three of these five squads still currently reside in the top 20 of the ITA poll.
Schedule Among The Nation's Best:
The Hoosiers spring schedule boasts 12 opponents that appeared in the 2004 NCAA Championships. Of those 12 combatants, eight rest in the top 30 of the current Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I team rankings. Northwestern is fourth, with Kentucky at sixth and Duke at eighth. North Carolina is 11th, while TCU stands 20th. Notre Dame (22nd) and Tennessee (23rd) rank in the top 25.
Fifteen of the 24 total 2005 opponents are in the top 50.
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