Bloomington, Ind. The No. 34 Indiana womens tennis team notched its third ranked victory of the season when it defeated No. 58 Ohio State, 4-3, Saturday afternoon at the IU Varsity Courts. The win upped the Hoosiers record to 10-6 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten Conference, while OSU dropped to 7-9 overall and 2-2 in the league.
IU swept all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point. At No. 1 doubles, Linda Tran and Sarah Batty downed Erica Fisk and Jackie Leskovar, 8-3, while Dora Vastag and Laura McGaffigan won No. 2 doubles with an 8-1 triumph over Lindsay Williams and Meaghan Colville. Cecile Perton and Karie Schlukebir downed the Buckeyes Emily DeCamilla and Lindsey Adams, 8-5.
According to Indiana coach Lin Loring, this set the tone for the match.
It turns out that the doubles point was a deciding factor, and since theyre really good at doubles, that was kind of an upset, Loring said. This was a really good match for us, because obviously, it could have gone either way.
Perton was inserted into the lineup at No. 6 singles due to Martina Grimms injury, and the freshman responded with a 7-5, 6-4 win over OSUs Kristin Messmer.
Ceciles win was big for her as well as for the team, because we have not been winning as much at six, Loring said.
Vastag overcame a deficit to defeat Williams at No. 1 singles, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (4). Batty was also victorious at No. 3 singles with a 7-5, 6-2 decision over Leskovar.
The Hoosiers close out the two-match homestand against Penn State Sunday morning at 10 a.m.
Penn State has had some close matches this season that they could have won, Loring said. Were right where we we need to be at this point in the (Big Ten) season. Northwestern is the No. 6 team in the country, and we gave them a good match but lost. The Wisconsin and Ohio State matches could have gone either way, too. We could easily be 0-3, but we are 2-1.