Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana women's tennis team dropped their four straight match, 6-1 Thursday, to the 27th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The Hoosiers are now 8-11 on the season.
"I was pleased with the way we played today," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "We probably only had five matches we really could have competed at on paper, and I think we competed at those positions. We just have to take advantage of our opportunities. We have to do a better job of putting away games when we are up 40-15 and 40-30."
Junior Linda Tran and sophomore Dominika Walterova picked up a victory at the No. 2 doubles position. The tandem was up a break at 7-6 before the Irish duo of Sarah Jane Connelly and Kristina Stastny broke back to even it at 7-7. The Indiana pair would not be out done as they picked up the next two points in claiming a 9-7 win. The win improved Tran and Walterova's season mark to 9-2. The victory also moved Tran up the Hoosiers' all-time doubles' wins list. She now has 86 career wins which ties her with Rachel Epstein and Megan McCarney.
Notre Dame was able to pick up wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles position to claim the doubles point. The Irish didn't waste much time in singles either as they won at No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6 singles position to clinch the win.
The lone bright spot in singles for Indiana was freshman Sarah Batty. She downed Katie Cunha in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3. It was Batty's second straight win as she improved her overall mark to 17-15 this season.
The Hoosiers capped the match by dropping two three-set matches at the No. 3 and No. 4 position. Notre Dame's Sarah Jane Connelly rebounded after losing the first set to Indiana's Dominika Walterova, 6-3, to win the second set 6-3. Connelly then won the third set super tie-breaker, 10-6.
Junior Martina Grimm fell short of her third straight win in losing to Kristina Stastny at No. 3. After dropping the first set 6-1, Grimm came back and won the second 7-5. Stastny proved too much in the end as she won 10-4 in the third set super tiebreaker. The loss dropped Grimm's season record to 21-12.
The Hoosiers will next be in action this weekend when they host a pair of Big Ten matches. Indiana will take on Michigan State on Saturday at 10 a.m. and then battle the Wolverines of Michigan on Sunday at 10 a.m. Both matches will be played at the Varsity Tennis Courts, weather permitting.
No. 27 Notre Dame 6, Indiana 1
Singles 1) Caylan Leslie (ND) def. Linda Tran (IU) 6-1, 6-0
2) Sarah Batty (IU) def. Katie Cunha (ND) 6-3, 6-3
3) Kristina Stastny (ND) def. Martina Grimm (IU) 6-1, 5-7, 1-0 (4)
4) Sarah Jane Connelly (ND) def. Dominika Walterova (IU) 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (6)
5) Lauren Connelly (ND) def. Sophie Rychlik (IU) 6-1, 6-1
6) Jen Smith (ND) def. Jessica Groth (IU) 6-0, 6-1