Loring on the Weekend Matches
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana (7-7, 1-0) will continue Big Ten play this weekend with a pair of matches at No. 61 Purdue and No. 51 Illinois. The Hoosiers will face the Boilermakers on Saturday, March 26, and the Illini on Sunday, March 27.
Purdue (2-8, 0-1) has lost six straight matches, including a 5-2 loss at No. 29 Notre Dame on March 22. Seven of the Boilermakers' eight losses have come to teams ranked in the top 50 of the ITA National Poll, with six against teams ranked in the top 30.
Sophomore Hala Sufi is ranked 74th in the country among singles players. She has recorded a 3-7 mark at the No. 1 singles slot. Senior Lara Burgarello and Shawna Zuccarini own the top doubles spot for Purdue. The duo has a 4-5 ledger this spring.
Illinois (7-5, 1-0) will play Penn State, March 26, before hosting Indiana on Sunday. The Illini bested Purdue, 4-3, at home in the Big Ten opener for both teams on March 5.
Sophomore Cynthia Goulet, ranked 59th in the country, is 19-5 overall at the top singles spot and 10-1 this spring. Goulet and sophomore Emily Wang occupy the top doubles slot for the Illini.
Indiana head coach Lin Loring spoke with IUHOOSIERS.com about the upcoming Big Ten matches this weekend.
On the matches this weekend against Purdue and Illinois:
LL: "These are going to be important matches this weekend because Northwestern is ranked so far ahead of everyone in the conference, everyone is playing for second and third place right now. Illinois, Purdue, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan are all in the hunt for the second-, third- and fourth-place spots. The fact that we are playing two of those schools make it a very important weekend."
On problems that both teams might present:
LL: "We have match up problems with both teams. We've got some matches that we will be favored in and some matches that we will be the underdog in. We just have to win the ones that we are favored in, because I expect both of these matches to be 4-3 one-way or another. I expect them to both be very close matches."
On the importance of winning the doubles point:
LL: "I think the doubles point is going to be crucial. All of the teams are very close and it will be very tough to take four of the singles matches. I think the doubles is going to be a real key at the start of the match."
On the reason for more success at home compared to away matches:
LL: "We have played better at home. I thought we played really well against Duke and Kentucky on the road. We haven't played as well overall on the road as we have at home and that is to be expected. We will definitely have to play better on the road this weekend."
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