Women's Tennis

    Hoosiers Travel to Texas A&M and TCU (3/15/04)

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    March 15, 2004

    Hoosiers Travel to Texas A&M and TCU

    This Week

    The 24th-ranked 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 45th-ranked Texas Christian at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Mar. 18. This is the beginning of a four-match road trip for the Hoosiers.

    Things Get Tough

    Indiana has a tough schedule this year. The Hoosiers face 15 ranked opponents this season. Seven of those opponents are currently in the top-25, and nine of Indiana’s 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
    @ No. 17 Michigan
    L, 5-2 @ No. 18 Notre Dame
    W, 5-2 vs. No. 19 Kentucky
    vs. No. 22 Illinois

    Who To Watch

    Look no further than the Cream and Crimson. When the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its team rankings on March 9, the Hoosiers remained ranked 24th.

    When the national player rankings came out on March 9, three Indiana women’s players were recognized. Senior Martina Grimm, junior Dora Vastag and sophomore Sarah Batty all remained ranked among the best in the nation.

    Vastag moved down the rankings to 41st in singles. Her overall record this spring is 7-3, and 12-5 overall. Her seven victories include knocking off current 24th-ranked Tammy Encina of Tennessee, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, and when Indiana faced Kentucky, Vastag defeated currently 25th-ranked Aibika Kalsarieva in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.

    Her three losses of the spring all came against ranked opponents. She opened the season with a 6-1, 6-3 loss to current 95th-ranked Frederika Girsang of Western Michigan. In a hard-fought match against current fifth-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. Then against Notre Dame, she fell to now 13th-ranked Alicia Salas, 6-0, 6-2.

    Grimm and Batty continued to moved up in the doubles rankings in a tie for 30th. The tandem is 3-2 in matches this spring and 8-3 overall. To begin the spring, they fell 9-7 to Maharaj and Robards of Tennessee. They rebounded against Duke with a 9-8 victory over Zika and Cargill to secure Indiana the doubles point. They fell 8-5 to Kalsarieva and Maurer of Kentucky. Finally, against Notre Dame, the tandem picked up the Hoosiers’ only doubles win, defeating L. Connelly and Salas, 8-6, giving the Irish duo their first loss of the season.

    Texas A&M is ranked 16th as a team and has one ranked player. Jessica Roland is ranked 21st with a record of 9-4 this spring.

    Texas Christian on the other hand, is ranked 45th as a team, with a ranked singles player and doubles team. Paty Aburto is ranked 39th in singles with a record of 8-4 this spring. In doubles, Saber Pierce and Ana Cetnik on ranked 33rd with a record of 9-3 on the spring.

    Scouting Texas A&M

    When Texas A&M hosts Indiana, it will be the only home match for the Aggies in an eight-match stretch. The Aggies hit the road March 11th, and will not be home again after the IU match until April 17th. The Aggies are 9-6, (2-0 Big 12), and 6-0 at home this spring. Most recently, Texas A&M fell to LSU, 4-3, and will play Nebraska on Sat., March 13.

    IU-Texas A&M Series

    This will be the 12th meeting between the Aggies and the Hoosiers, but the first since the 1995-96 season. Indiana leads the overall series 9-2, and has a 4-1 advantage when facing Texas A&M in College Station, The last time the two teams met, Texas A&M captured the 5-4 win on their home courts.

    Scouting Texas Christian

    TCU’s match against Indiana will be its sixth during a 10-match home-stand. The Horned Frogs are 6-6 (0-1 Conference USA), and 5-1 at home this spring. TCU comes into Thursday riding a four-match winning streak, most recently against North Texas, 6-1.

    IU-Texas Christian Series

    Indiana is undefeated against Texas Christian, having an overall series record of 10-0. The last time the Hoosiers faced the Horned Frogs was during the 1995-96 season, where Indiana defeated the Frogs, 5-2, in Fort Worth.

    Breaking Last Year’s Record

    Last season, Indiana had an overall record of 9-17. A win this week would tie the number of wins the Hoosiers picked up last season, and winning both matches would surpass the number of wins.

    Last Time Out

    The 24th-ranked Indiana women’s tennis team continued to roll on Saturday, March 6th, as they captured two victories. The Hoosiers opened the morning defeating DePaul, 6-1, and closed out the afternoon with a 7-0 win over Ball State. With the wins, Indiana improved to 8-3 on the season.

    In the Hoosiers match against DePaul, Indiana won five of its six singles and two of the three doubles. In singles, Dora Vastag, Sarah Batty, Laura McGaffigan, Karie Schlukebir and Cecile Perton all had straight-set wins. For the Hoosiers in doubles, Batty and Linda Tran picked up an 8-2 win and Schlukebir and Vastag had an 8-1 victory.

    Indiana later facing Ball State, swept the doubles and singles for a 7-0 victory.

    Indiana head coach Lin Loring was pleased with the way the Hoosiers have improved from last season.

    “We lost to DePaul last year and they have improved, so that was a nice win,” Loring said. “That’s the second team we’ve beaten this year that we lost to last year. It’s really important we keep improving because we have eight more teams on our schedule that we lost to last year.”

    No. 24 Indiana- 6, DePaul- 1
    1) Dora Vastag (IU) def. Gergana Ganeva (D); 6-1, 6-2
    2) Marina Parashkevova (D) def. Linda Tran (IU); 7-5, 6-3
    3) Sarah Batty (IU) def. Natalie Matko (D); 6-1, 6-3
    4) Laura McGaffigan (IU) def. Brenda Leung (D); 6-2, 6-0
    5) Karie Schlukebir (IU) def. Karen Falduto (D); 6-3, 6-2
    6) Cecile Perton (IU) def. Petra Rehusova (D); 7-5, 6-1
    Order of finish: 1, 4, 3, 2, 5, 6

    1 ) Tran/Batty (IU) def. Ganeva/Matko (D); 8-2
    2) Parashkevova/Rehusova (D) def. Grimm/McGaffigan (IU); 8-5
    3) Schlukebir/Vastag (IU) def. Falduto/Leung (D); 8-1
    Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

    #24 Indiana- 7, Ball State- 0
    1) Sarah Batty (IU) def. Melissa Roach (BS); 6-1, 6-2
    2) Linda Tran (IU) def. Jenny Batty (BS); 6-0, 6-1
    3) Laura McGaffigan (IU) def. Katie Owens (BS); 6-0, 6-4
    4) Karie Schlukebir (IU) def. Jill Wieman (BS); 6-3, 6-0
    5) Cecile Perton (IU) def. Jessica Thompson (BS); 6-2, 6-1
    6) Kara Zeder (IU) def. Susan Kelley (BS); 6-1, 6-1
    Order of finish: 3, 2, 4, 1, 5, 6

    1) Tran/Batty (IU) def. Roach/Owens (BS); 8-2
    2) Grimm/McGaffigan (IU) def. Wieman/Thompson (BS); 8-5
    3) Schlukebir/Vastag (IU) def. Batty/Kelley (BS); 8-1
    Order of finish: 3, 1, 2

    IU in the Rankings

    Indiana continued to climb in the ITA top-75 rankings for the sixth-straight week. The Hoosiers enter the week with a 24th overall ranking.

    Around the Big Ten

    The Big Ten Conference is well represented in the ITA rankings with nine out of 11 teams among the top 75.

    What’s Next

    The Hoosiers play their final two matches of their four-match road stretch when they open Big Ten play. Indiana takes on 71st-ranked Wisconsin on Saturday, March 27 at 11 a.m. The Hoosiers then play seventh-ranked Northwestern at 11 a.m. on Sunday, March 28.




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