Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana women's tennis team will conclude a four match homestand this weekend with two matches on Saturday March 15. Indiana will take on Bowling Green at 9:30 a.m. before taking on Cincinnati at 2:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Indiana Tennis Complex.
Indiana holds a 1-0 mark against Cincinnati and a 3-0 record agianst Bowling Green. The Hoosiers opened the season with a pair of 7-0 wins over Bowling Green and Cincinnati last season in Bloomington.
Bowling Green just had a three match winning streak snapped by a 6-1 loss to Eastern Michigan. The Falcons are 5-5 on the season and 1-1 in the Mid-American Conference.
The Falcons and Hoosiers have played two common opponents in Butler and DePaul. BGSU downed Butler 5-2 in Toledo and fell at DePaul, 7-0. Indiana had similar results losing to DePaul, 5-2, and downing Butler, 6-1.
Cincinnati enters Saturday's contest with a 5-5 record and 2-4 in Conference USA.
The Bearcats dropped a 5-2 match to No. 75 Marshall their last time out.
The Hoosiers started off the season strong with a 5-2 record. Before dropping five-straight to ranked opponents. The Hoosiers got back on track with a 6-1 win over Butler.
The loses to ranked opponents include No. 30 Kentucky (7-0), No. 33 Wisconsin (5-2), No. 11 Northwestern (7-0), No. 11 Tennessee (7-0) and No. 75 DePaul (5-2). However, the Hoosiers, now 5-7, have been tagged with all seven of their losses to nationally ranked opponents.
The schedule does not easier for the Hoosiers as they still look to face seven ranked opponents over their final 12 matches.
Indiana's Last Time Out
The Hoosiers snapped a five match losing streak with a 6-1 win over Butler. Earlier in the day, Indiana lost its fifth straight, all to ranked opponents, 5-2, to No. 75 DePaul.
The Hoosiers played without No. 1 singles and doubles player, Linda Tran, who was out with the flu. Freshman Sarah Batty filled in nicely for Tran as she won both of her matches at No. 1 singles and both No. 1 doubles matches as well.
Filling in When Needed
Freshman Sarah Batty and sophomore Martina Grimm have filled in nicely for the Hoosiers this season. With No. 1 singles and doubles player Linda Tran out due to sickness on March 1. Batty and Grimm had to step up to No. 1 and No. 2 singles respectively as well as No. 1 doubles as a team.
Against DePaul, Batty won a hard fought three set win at No. 1 singles, while Grimm dropped a tough three set match. In the next match against Butler, each of them cruised through their opponent in helping the Hoosiers snap a five match losing streak. Batty is 14-12 this season, while Grimm is 17-10.
Batty and Grimm also teamed up and played No. 1 doubles on March 1st. They picked up win over DePaul and Butler. It isn't the first time the duo has had to fill in at No. 1 doubles. They did the same when senior Karie Schlukebir was out earlier in the season. They are 5-3 at the No. 1 spot and 13-7 overall.