The 34th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers return home for a two-match home stand as they open the Big Ten home season. Indiana takes on 58th-ranked Ohio State Saturday, April 3 at 10 a.m. The Hoosiers then play Penn State at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 4.
Things Get Tough
Indiana has a tough schedule this year. The Hoosiers face 14 ranked opponents this season. Six of those opponents are currently in the top-25, and eight of Indianas matches against ranked opponents will be played on the road. On the season, the Hoosiers are 2-5 when playing an opponent ranked in the top-25 at the time of the match.
Who To Watch
Look no further than the Cream and Crimson. When the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its team rankings on March 30, the Hoosiers slipped in the rankings to 34th.
When the national player rankings came out on March 23, three Indiana womens players were recognized. Senior Martina Grimm, junior Dora Vastag and sophomore Sarah Batty all remained ranked among the best in the nation.
Vastag improved in the singles rankings to 39th. Her record this spring is 9-5, and 14-7 overall. Her nine victories include knocking off current 27th-ranked Tammy Encina of Tennessee, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. When Indiana faced Kentucky, Vastag defeated currently 23rd-ranked Aibika Kalsarieva in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. She captured victory against 47th-ranked Paty Aburto of TCU, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Her latest win came against 58th-ranked Katie McGaffigan of Wisconsin,
2-6, 7-6, 6-1.
Four of her five losses this spring came against opponents ranked in the top-20. In a hard-fought match against current seventh-ranked Amanda Johnson of Duke, she was able to force the match into a third set where she ended up falling, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Then against Notre Dame, she fell to now 10th-ranked Alicia Salas, 6-0, 6-2. Against 16th-ranked Jessica Roland of Texas A&M, she fell 6-3, 6-0. Her last defeat was to third-ranked Cristelle Grier of Northwestern, 6-1,6-1.
Grimm and Batty continued to be ranked in doubles at 38th. The tandem is 3-2 in matches this spring and 8-3 overall. To begin the spring, they fell 9-7 to Maharaj and Robards of Tennessee. They rebounded against Duke with a 9-8 victory over Zika and Cargill to secure Indiana the doubles point. They fell 8-5 to Kalsarieva and Maurer of Kentucky. Finally, against Notre Dame, the tandem picked up the Hoosiers only doubles win, defeating L. Connelly and Salas, 8-6, giving the Irish duo their first loss of the season.
Ohio State has one ranked player. Lindsay Williams is ranked 58th with a record of 7-8 this spring.
Scouting Ohio State
When Ohio State plays Indiana, it will be the first home match for the Hoosiers since March 6th. The Buckeyes are 7-8, (2-1 Big Ten), and 3-7 on the road this spring. Most recently, Ohio State fell to 20th-ranked Michigan, 7-0.
IU-Ohio State Series
This will be the 32nd meeting between the Buckeyes and Hoosiers. Indiana leads the overall series 26-5, and has a 10-2 advantage when playing at home against Ohio State. Last season when the two teams met, Ohio State captured the win, 5-2, in Columbus.
Scouting Penn State
The Nittany Lions are 5-8 (0-3 Big Ten), and 1-7 on the road this spring. Penn State comes into Sunday riding a four-match losing streak, most recently at Michigan State, 6-1.
IU-Penn State Series
Indiana has a 10-match advantage in the overall series record, 13-3. Last year when the two teams met, Penn State captured the win, 5-2.
Breaking Last Years Record
With its win against Wisconsin, Indiana tied its total overall and Big Ten wins from last season.
Last Time Out
The 32nd-ranked Indiana womens tennis team split its Big Ten opening matches. The Hoosiers first picked up a 5-2 win over Wisconsin on Saturday, March 27th.
The Hoosiers claimed the first point by winning doubles. Senior Linda Tran and sophomore Sarah Batty captured an 8-4 win over K. McGaffigan and Martin at the No. 1 spot, and senior Karie Schlukebir and junior Dora Vastag secured the doubles point with an 8-4 win over Caiati and McElroy at the No. 3 position.
Wisconsin took the first two singles matches for a 2-1 advantage over the Hoosiers. Schlukebir started the Hoosiers comeback with a 7-5, 6-0 win at the No. 5 singles spot over Teresa Gonzaga.
Vastag, Batty and freshman Laura McGaffigan had their matches forced to a third set. Vastag, playing against No. 58 Katie McGaffigan, scraped out enough points to win the second set, and then outlasted McGaffigan to win at the No. 1 position, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
Batty followed suit claiming a 6-0, 4-6, 6-4 win over Wisconsin's Lindsay Martin at the No. 3 spot, which sealed the victory for Indiana.
With the team finish decided, L. McGaffigan came away victorious against Kaylan Caiati, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
The Hoosiers then traveled to Northwestern where they fell, 6-1, to sixth-ranked Wildcats. Indiana finished the trip with an 9-6 record on the season, 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.
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).