Hoosiers Face Three Tough Matches This Weekend
March 27, 2000 Hoosiers Face Three Tough Matches This Weekend
ON TAP...The women's tennis team has three matches on tap for this week. It will open the week with a 3:00 p.m. match against Kentucky on Wednesday. Last year, the Hoosiers lost to the Wildcats 8-0 in Lexington, Kentucky. Indiana leads the all-time series with a 17-11 record. The Hoosiers will then travel to North Carolina for matches against North Carolina and Duke. On Saturday, the Hoosiers will face North Carolina in Chapel Hill at noon. Last year, the Hoosiers lost to the Tar Heels 7-2 in Bloomington. Indiana holds the all-time series lead at 13-3. On Sunday, the Hoosiers will face Duke in Durham at noon. Last year, the Hoosiers lost to the Blue Devils 8-1. Indiana holds the all-time series lead at 8-7.
SCOUTING KENTUCKY...The 30th-ranked Wildcats come into this weekend's match with a 9-7 record. Last week, Kentucky defeated Tulane 5-4 and lost to Louisiana State 6-3. The Wildcats are led by 87th-ranked Brooke Skeen and the doubles team of 34th-ranked Carolina Mayorga and Sarah Witten.
SCOUTING NORTH CAROLINA...The 51st-ranked Tar Heels come into this weekend's match with a 6-8 record. Last week, North Carolina lost matches to 39th-ranked Clemson 6-3 and 20th-ranked Florida State 5-2. It defeated Georgia Tech 5-4. The Tar Heels are led by 52nd-ranked Marlene Mejia.
SCOUTING DUKE...The 11th-ranked Blue Devils come into this weekend's match with a 12-4 record. Last week, Duke started its ACC campaign with wins over N.C. State 6-0, 39th-ranked Clemson 6-3 and Georgia Tech 9-0. Duke is led by 21st-ranked Megan Miller and 30th-ranked Kathy Sell.
COACH LORING ON THE WEEK..."All three of these matches will be really tough. We have lost to Kentucky the last couple of years. They have a lot of new players, so they are kind of unknown. It should be a good match. We also lost to North Carolina and Duke last year. They are both really good teams. Duke is one of the top 15 teams in the nation. They possible will be the best team that we face this year. We are going to experiment with some things and use these non-conference matches get us back on track for the rest of the Big Ten season."
HOOSIERS DROP PAIR OF BIG TEN MATCHES...The women's tennis team lost a pair of Big Ten road matches last weekend. The Hoosiers were defeated by 14th-ranked Northwestern 5-2 last Saturday. On Sunday, the Hoosiers lost to 67th-ranked Illinois 4-3.
IN THE RANKINGS...The women's tennis team fell 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 5-4 with the losses coming in close matches against #14 Northwestern, #18 Tennessee and #49 Georgia Tech and #67 Illinois. 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. With two wins last weekend, she currently has a 20-6 record on the season. Anderson moved into a tie with Jenny Snyder for 13th on the all-time singles victory list with 105.
REBOUNDING WITH A VEGENCE...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 9-4 in dual matches this season and an overall record of 17-6.
FABULOUS FRESHMAN...Jessica Levin has began her career at Indiana University with 11-3 dual record and a 19-10 overall record going into the weekend. Levin has also proved to be a solid doubles competitor by posting an overall 22-6 record.
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 537-150, while accumulating a 260-32 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 579-165 overall record in his 27 year coaching career. Prior to Indiana, coach Loring spent four-years as the Head Coach of UC-Santa Barbara.
ACCESSING IU...All information about the Indiana University women's tennis team can be accessed on the web. Just go to http://www.athletics.indiana.edu.
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