Women's Tennis

    Indiana Falls to Sixth-Ranked Northwestern, 6-1 (3/28/04)

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    March 28, 2004

    Hoosiers Fall to Sixth-Ranked Northwestern, 6-1

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    Evanston, Ill.- The 32nd-ranked Indiana women's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to the sixth-ranked Northwestern Wildcats on Sunday morning. IU falls to 9-6 on the year and 1-1 in the Big Ten.

    The Hoosiers looked poised to take the doubles point in the early going. Indiana won at the No. 3 spot with the doubles tandem of senior Karie Schlukebir and freshman Cecile Perton downing Ruth Barnes and Andrea Yung, 8-4. Northwestern then took the No. 2 position with Alexis Prousis and Jamie Peisel downing senior Linda Tran and freshman Laura McGaffigan, 8-6.

    With the doubles even at one, it came down to the No. 1 match up between sophomore Sarah Batty and junior Dora Vast of Indiana against the second-ranked team of Cristelle Grier and Jessica Rush of Northwestern. Grier and Rush took the match 8-4 to clinch the doubles point for Northwestern.

    The Wildcat singles feature two ranked players in third-ranked Christelle Gier and 38th-ranked Jesscia Rush. Northwestern was able to win five singles matches, including three in straight sets, but Indiana was able to claim victory at the No. 5 position with Schlukebir winning in straight sets of her own.

    Schlukebir downed Barnes, 6-2, 6-1 to give the Hoosiers their only point of the match.

    At No. 3 singles, Batty put up a fight against Prousis before falling. Batty claimed the second set, 6-0 to force the match into a third set. Rush picked up the third set 6-2 to clinch the win for the Wildcats.

    Perton also put up a fight at the No. 6 singles position, but lost a tough one to Connie Chiang. After winning the first set 6-4, Perton dropped the second set 6-0. Perton went on to lose the match in a third set tiebreaker, 7-6 (7).

    The Hoosiers return home for a two-match home stand as they open up the Big Ten home season. Indiana takes on 52nd-ranked Ohio Sate on Saturday, April 3 at 10 a.m.. The Hoosiers then play host to Penn State at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 4.


    1. #3 Cristelle Grier (NU) def. #39 Dora Vastag (IU); 6-1, 6-1
    2. #38 Jessica Rush (NU) def. Linda Tran (IU); 6-2, 6-2
    3. Alexis Prousis (NU) def. Sarah Batty (IU); 6-4, 0-6, 6-2
    4. Jamie Peisel (NU) def. Laura McGaffigan (IU); 7-5, 7-5
    5. Karie Schlukebir (IU) def. Ruth Barnes (NU); 6-2, 6-1
    6. Connie Chiang (NU) def. Cecile Perton (IU); 4-6, 6-0, 7-6 (9-7)

    1. #2 Grier/Rush (NU) def. Batty/Vastag (IU); 8-4
    2. Prousis/Peisel (NU) def. Tran/McGaffigan (IU), 8-6
    3. Schlukebir/Perton (IU) def. Yung/Barnes (NU); 8-4




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