Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana women's tennis team claimed a pair of wins over Bowling Green and Cincinnati, respectively at the IU Varsity Courts on Saturday.
In doing so, Indiana improved to 8-7 on the year.
The Hoosiers opened the day by cruising past Bowling Green, 6-1. The lone point for Bowling Green came at the No. 6 singles spot, which was a match that Indiana had to forfeit due to a series of injuries that left the Hoosiers short-handed for both matches. IU also had to forfeit the number three doubles match for the same reason, but won at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to erase the disadvantage.
"We didn't necessarily play our best tennis, but playing with only five players, we are pleased that we found a way to win," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said.
The tone was set immediately in the match, as Linda Tran and Dominika Walterova claimed an 8-0 win over Laura Kokinda and Susie Schoenberger that took only about 25 minutes. IU rolled from there, claiming straight-set victories in four of the five singles matches played.
Things did not come as easily against the Bearcats in the second match of the day, as IU slid away with a 4-3 win.
Walterova won the deciding match in three sets, claiming a 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 win over Cincinnati's Khush Italia.
With Indiana winning the doubles point on an 8-4 win from Sarah Batty and Martina Grimm, the Hoosiers then gave away the No. 6 singles point by forfeit and saw Jessica Groth fall to Cincinnati's Jill Klauck, 6-3, 6-1 at No. 6 singles.
"Cincinnati is a good enough team that they can put pressure on you if you're starting off down," Loring said.
Trailing 2-1 in the match at that point, Linda Tran claimed a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 1 singles over Jen Capuzzi. Martina Grimm followed quickly with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Cristina Reyes at three to put IU up, 3-2.
The remaining singles matches were between Hoosier freshman Sarah Batty and Cincinnati's Lyndsey Molony at No. 2 singles and Walterova and Italia at No. 4 singles.
Batty and Molony played an emotional match, with the two not agreeing on a couple calls that led to some heated moments. In the end, it was Molony who claimed a tough 6-4, 7-5 win just seconds after Walterova had sealed the match with her win over Italia.
Indiana returns to action at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, when it faces South Florida in Tampa.
Indiana vs. Bowling Green
Indiana-6, Bowling Green-1
1) Linda Tran (IND) def. Susie Schoenberger (BG); 6-0, 6-2
2) Sarah Batty (IND) def. Alyson Gabel (BG); 6-1, 6-0
3) Martina Grimm (IND) def. Gaby Coello (BG); 6-2, 6-2
4) Dominika Walterova (IND) def. Cameron Benjamin (BG); 6-4, 2-6, 1-0 (6)
5) Jessica Groth (IND) def. Heidi Romer (BG); 6-3, 6-2
6) Bowling Green wins by forfeit