Women's Tennis

    Women's Tennis On The Road For A Pair Of Big Ten Matches

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    March 22, 2000

    Women's Tennis On The Road For A Pair Of Big Ten Matches

    ON TAP...The women's tennis team will be away from home for the first time since the beginning of February this weekend. On Saturday, the Hoosiers (10-2, 2-0) will be in Evanston, Illinois for a match against Northwestern at 11 a.m. Last year, Indiana lost a 4-3 match to Northwestern in Bloomington. The Hoosiers hold the all-time series lead at 27-9. On Sunday, the Hoosiers will face Illinois in Champaign, Illinois at 11 a.m. Last year, Indiana lost a 5-2 match to the Illini in Bloomington. The Hoosiers hold the all-time series lead at 27-3.
    SCOUTING NORTHWESTERN...The 14th-ranked Wildcats come into this weekend's match with an 11-2 overall record, while going 2-0 in the Big Ten. Their Big Ten victories came over Michigan State 7-0 and Michigan 5-2. Northwestern is led by sophomore Lia Jackson, who is currently ranked 93rd in the nation.
    SCOUTING ILLINOIS...The 67th-ranked Illini come into this weekend's match with a 5-9 record, while going 2-0 record in the Big Ten. Their Big Ten victories came over Michigan State 7-0 and Michigan 5-2. Last weekend, Illinois lost two out of three matches in California with losses to USC 6-2 and UCLA 7-2, while defeating SMU 6-3. Illinois' top players are freshman Eldina Fazlic and junior Simone Kung.
    COACH LIN LORING ON THIS WEEKEND..."These will be the two best Big Ten teams that we have played so far. Northwestern is ranked 14th in the country and is the top team in the Big Ten. This will be a great test for us. Illinois beat us last year. They have a couple really good international new players on the team, so we do not expect. We are really look forward to playing these two teams and they will be good matches."
    HOOSIERS SWEEP HOME MATCHES...The women's tennis team swept the day last Sunday with a pair of 7-0 wins over Ball State and Indiana State. The Hoosiers won all 12 singles matches on the day and lost only one doubles match.
    IN THE RANKINGS...The women's tennis team fall seven spots in the rankings this week to 33rd...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 seven matches this season and has posted a record of 5-2 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, #49 Wisconsin and #51 Purdue.
    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 15th on the Hoosiers' all-time singles winning list with a 103 victories and one win away from tying Lizl Coetsee for 13th.
    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 VENGENCE...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 8-3 in dual matches this season and an overall record of 16-5.
    FABULOUS FRESHMAN...Jessica Levin has began her career at Indiana University with 11-1 dual record and a 19-8 overall record going into the weekend. Levin has also proved to be a solid doubles competitor by posting an overall 21-5 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 2-1 record. She has also seen time at the No. 3 and No. 5 positions and has an overall dual record of 10-2.
    DOUBLES PLAY...The Hoosiers' three doubles teams have posted a 28-4 record in the 12 matches this season. The No. 1 team of Jessica Anderson and Kelly Blanch is 9-3. Jessica Levin and Becky Wallihan are 10-1 at No. 2. Amanda Field has gone 9-1 at No. 3, posting a 3-0 record with Zahra Ahamed and a 6-1 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.

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