Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana women's tennis team will return to action in the Big Ten this weekend with two road matches. The Hoosiers will travel to University Park, Pa. to battle the Penn State Nittany Lions on Friday, March 28 at 4:00 p.m. before taking on No. 35 Ohio State on Sunday, March 30 at 11:00 a.m.
The Hoosiers are currently 8-8 on the season and 0-2 in the Big Ten Conference. IU holds a 26-4 all-time mark against the Buckeyes and a 13-2 advantage with Penn State. Last season, IU downed Penn State 5-2 at home, but dropped a close 4-3 match up with Ohio State.
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Scouting Penn State
The Lady Lions are currently 6-7 on the season and 1-2 in the Big Ten. Penn State did have a six-match winning streak before it was snapped last weekend against Virginia Tech.
In the Big Ten, Penn State has lost to Ohio State (4-3) and Michigan (6-1), while defeating Michigan State (4-3). All three of those matches were at home.
Scouting Ohio State
The Buckeyes currently sit atop the Big Ten standing with a 3-0 conference mark. They are also 9-3 overall and ranked No. 35 in the country.
The Buckeyes and Hoosiers have on common opponent in Marquette. Both teams beat the Golden Eagles, Ohio State by a 6-1 score and Indiana 4-3.
Ohio State's No. 1 singles player is Sadhaf Pervez. She is ranked 59th by the ITA and holds a 21-5 mark. Pervez has won her last 12 matches.
The Hoosiers have compiled an 8-8 mark this season. Of the Hoosiers' eight losses, seven have come to ranked opponents.
The losses to ranked opponents include No. 4 Duke (7-0), No. 14 Wake Forest (6-1), No. 30 Kentucky (7-0), No. 33 Wisconsin (5-2), No. 11 Northwestern (7-0), No. 12 Tennessee (7-0) and No. 75 DePaul (5-2).
The schedule does not get easier for the Hoosiers as they still look to face six ranked opponents over their final nine matches, including five in the top 40.
Indiana's Last Time Out
The Hoosiers had their three-match winning streak snapped at South Florida, 4-3.
IU was able to claim the doubles point for the fourth straight match as freshman Sarah Batty and junior Martina Grimm won at No. 1 and junior Linda Tran and sophomore Dominika Walterova won at No. 2. Grimm and Batty currently have a five-match winning streak, while Tran and Walterova have a seven-match streak.
The Hoosiers were out done in singles though as the Bulls claimed the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 spots.
Tran ran her singles streak to three-matches with a win at No. 1. She is now 10-11 on the season.
Sophomore Jessica Groth won her third match in four tries. She won a three set tie breaker at No. 6 singles.
The Hoosiers have managed to claim the doubles point in the last four matches and have two doubles teams on winning streaks. In the last home matches against Bowling Green and Cincinnati, the Hoosiers had to win both the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles positions because they had to forfeit the No. 3 spot due to injuries.
Freshman Sarah Batty and junior Martina Grimm have won their last five matches, including the last four at the No. 1 doubles spot. The duo is 16-7 on the season and 8-3 at the No. 1 position.
At the No. 2 spot, junior Linda Tran and sophomore Dominika Walterova have a seven-match winning streak. The duo lost their first match together as a team this season, but have not lost since.
Big Ten Player of the Week
March 18- Junior Linda Tran was recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Week for her performance March 15 against Bowling Green and Cincinnati. It is the first Big Ten Player of the Week award ever given out because prior to this season the Big Ten only gave out Player-of-the-Month awards.
Tran led the Hoosiers to wins over Bowling Green (6-1) and Cincinnati (4-3). Saddled with injuries, Indiana had to forfeit the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles matches. Tran was able to help Indiana overcome the handicap with wins at No. 2 doubles and No. 1 singles in both matches.
The Grand Rapids, Michigan native is currently 10-11 in singles this season. She has teamed with sophomore Dominika Walterova over the Hoosiers last few matches. The duo has won seven straight and holds a record of 7-1 at the No. 2 spot.