Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana women's tennis team will start a five-match home stand this week. The Hoosiers will play host to three opponents this week, including two ranked in the top 40 and two in the Big Ten. IU will battle No. 27 Notre Dame on Thursday, April 3, at 2:30 p.m.
The Hoosiers will then host a pair of Big Ten foes over the weekend with Michigan State coming in on Saturday and No. 38 Michigan playing in Bloomington on Sunday. Both matches are scheduled for 10:00 a.m.
Indiana's matches will be played at the Varsity Tennis Courts located just off of Fee Lane. If weather conditions do not allow the Hoosiers to play outside, the matches take place in the Indiana Tennis Center.
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Scouting Notre Dame
The Irish own an 11-7 mark on the season playing 15 of their matches against ranked opponents. The Irish are also 5-1 against Big Ten teams this season.
The Hoosiers and Irish have played a similar schedule this season with eight common opponents. The common opponents include Western Michigan, Duke, Wake Forest, Kentucky, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Tennessee and Ohio State. Notre Dame is 4-4 against the eight opponents, while Indiana is 1-7. Unlike the Hoosiers, Notre Dame beat Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Ohio State.
Indiana owns an 11-6 record all-time against Notre Dame. Last season, the Hoosiers downed the 13th ranked Irish, 5-2, in South Bend.
Scouting Michigan State
The Spartans are 8-9 on the season and 0-5 in the Big Ten. Like the Hoosiers, Michigan State has lost its last three matches.
The Hoosiers and Spartans have six common opponents. IU is 3-3 against the group, while MSU is 5-1. The group is Ball State, Penn State, Ohio State, Miami of Ohio, DePaul, Bowling Green. Both squads lost to Ohio State (IU (5-2), MSU (6-1)), but the Spartans beat Penn State and DePaul, while the Hoosiers fell to both.
The Hoosiers are a perfect 36-0 all-time against Michigan State. Indiana squeaked out a 4-3 win in East Lansing last season.
The Wolverines have racked up a 10-5 record overall on their way to the No. 38 ranking in the nation. Michigan is also 3-2 in Big Ten conference play.
Indiana and Michigan have nine common opponents this season including Marquette, Ball State, Duke, Wake Forest, Ohio State, Penn State, Kentucky, Tennessee and DePaul. The Hoosiers are 2-7 against the group, while UofM is 6-3.
Indiana does hold the all-time series advantage over Michigan at 26-5. Michigan was able to pick up a 4-3 win in Ann Arbor last season.
The Hoosiers have compiled an 8-10 mark this season. Of the Hoosiers' 10 losses, eight 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), No. 35 Ohio State (5-2) and No. 75 DePaul (5-2).
The schedule does not get easier for the Hoosiers as they still look to face five ranked opponents over their final seven matches, including four in the top 40.
The Hoosiers dropped a pair of Big Ten matches on the road last week. Indiana fell at Penn State and at No. 35 Ohio State by matching 5-2 scores.
Junior Martina Grimm was a bright spot for the Hoosiers last week as she won both her No. 3 singles matches. She now has 21 wins on the season and in her first three seasons at Indiana, Grimm has at least 20 wins each year.
Freshman Sarah Batty picked up her first career Big Ten win last week against Ohio State's Erica Fisk at No. 2 singles. She is 16-15 on the year. Junior Linda Tran also picked up a singles win last week against Penn State.
Tran and sophomore Dominika Walterova picked up their eighth doubles win in a row on Friday against Penn State, but then had the streak snapped two days later against Ohio State. The tandem is 8-2 on the year.
Moving Up the Charts
Senior Karie Schlukebir and junior Linda Tran have made their way into the top 10 on Indiana's career doubles' victories list.
Over the last three seasons, the duo has amassed a 71-25 record as a team. This season, Tran has been forced to team with sophomore Dominika Walterova in Schlukebir's absences. Tran and Walterova are 8-2 this season.
Tran is one win ahead of her partner in ninth with 85 wins. Schlukebir is 10th at 84 wins. The duo past Jody Yin and Danielle Paradine. Tran is also tied for sixth in career Big Ten doubles' wins with Jody Yin at 21. Schlukebir is tied with Kelly Blanch for eighth with 19.
Career Doubles Victories 1. Anne Hutchens 131
2. Stephanie Reece 121
3. Deborah Edelman 119
4. Kelly Mulvihill 94
5. Zahra Ahamed 91
6. Jessica Anderson 89
7. Rachel Epstein 86
Megan McCarney 86
9. Linda Tran 85
10. Karie Schlukebir 84
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.