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.