Hoosiers Host Big Ten Foes
April 5, 2000 Hoosiers Host Big Ten Foes
ON TAP...The women's tennis team has a pair of home Big Ten matches this weekend. The Hoosiers will open the homestand with a match against Michigan State at 10 a.m. on Saturday. Last year, the Hoosiers defeated Michigan State 5-2 in East Lansing. Indiana holds the all-time series lead at 31-0. On Sunday, the Hoosiers will face Michigan at 10 a.m.. Last year, the Hoosiers defeated Michigan 4-3 in Ann Arbor. Indiana holds the all-time series lead at 25-4.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE...The Spartans come into this weekend's match with a 2-8 record, while going 0-4 in the Big Ten. Last week, Michigan State's match against Western Michigan was postponed. The weekend before, Michigan State lost to Michigan 7-0. The Spartans are led by Brooke Townsend and Natasha Skogerboe.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN...The 53rd-ranked Wolverines come into this weekend's match with a 7-7 record, while going 1-3 in the Big Ten. Last week, split a pair of non-conference matches with a victory over Marquette 8-1 and a loss to South Florida 6-3. Michigan is led by Brooke Hart and Danielle Lund.
COACH LORING ON THE WEEK... "This will be two totally different matches. Michigan State has a lot of injuries similiar to us. It is a match that we definitely should win and it will be very dissapointing if we don't. We have had very close matches with Michigan over the last two or three years. Two years ago we beat them in the Big Ten finals. They have had some injuries, but they appear to be healthy now. That is going to be a very good match. I think the team that puts the most starters on the court will win the match."
HOOSIERS DROP THREE MATCHES...The women's tennis team lost three non-conference matches last week to extend its losing streak to five matches. On Wednesday, the Hoosiers lost a close match to Kentucky 5-4 that came down to the last match. The Hoosiers then traveled down to North Carolina and were defeated by North Carolina 6-0 and Duke 8-1.
IN THE RANKINGS...The women's tennis team fell seven spots in the rankings this week to 51st...the Hoosiers are ranked 7th in the Midwest Region...Senior Jessica Anderson and Junior Kelly Blanch are ranked 31st nationally in doubles. They are also ranked 8th in the region...Blanch is ranked #20 in the Midwest Region, while Anderson is ranked 8th.
AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS...Indiana has faced a ranked opponent in twelve matches this season and has posted a record of 5-7 with the losses coming in matches against #11 Duke, #14 Northwestern, #18 Tennessee, #30 Kentucky, #49 Georgia Tech, #50 North Carolina and #67 Illinois. They have picked up wins over #32 Iowa, #44 Maryland, #36 Marquette, #49 Wisconsin and #51 Purdue.
CLIMBING THE RECORD BOOK...Senior Jessica Anderson posted her 100th career singles victory with a win over Wisconsin's April Gabler 6-4,6-7,6-1 on February 26. She currently has a 20-9 record on the season. Anderson moved into a tie with Jenny Snyder for 13th on the all-time singles victory list with 105.
REBOUNDING WITH A VENGENCE...After posting an 8-29 singles record last year, junior Kelly Blanch has bounced back to have an outstanding year so far. Blanch has gone 10-5 in dual matches this season and an overall record of 18-7.
FABULOUS FRESHMAN...Jessica Levin has began her career at Indiana University with 12-4 dual record and a 20-11 overall record going into the weekend. Levin has also proved to be a solid doubles competitor by posting an overall 23-7 record.
STEADY IN THE LINEUP...Sophomore Amanda Field has provided a solid performance at three different positions in the singles lineup. Currently, she is playing at the No. 4 position and has posted a 5-1 record. She has also seen time at the No. 3 and No. 5 positions and has an overall dual record of 13-4.
STRENGTH AT THE BOTTOM...Senior Becky Wallihan has always been a solid doubles performer for the Hoosiers, but this year she also provided great play at the No. 6 singles spot. After playing in only one singles dual match a year ago, Wallihan has posted a 7-5 record this year.
HEAD COACH LIN LORING...is currently in his 22nd season as the Head Coach of the Hoosiers women's tennis team. In his 22 season's he has compiled a remarkable overall record of 541-152, while accumulating a 261-32 record against Big Ten opponents. The four-time Big Ten Coach -of the-Year and two-time National Coach-of-the -Year, has compiled a 573-169 overall record in his 27 year coaching career. Prior to Indiana, coach Loring spent four-years as the Head Coach of UC-Santa Barbara.
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