Women's Tennis

    No. 34 Hoosiers Host No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 11 Northwestern

    Go Hoosiers! Brianna Williams has won her last two singles matches for Indiana.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Brianna Williams has won her last two singles matches for Indiana.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 5, 2007

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 34 Indiana women's tennis team hosts a pair of top-15 teams in No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 11 Northwestern. Indiana faces the Fighting Irish on Saturday, April 7, at 10 a.m., and takes on the Wildcats on Sunday, April 8, at 10 a.m.

    The No. 34 Hoosiers raised their record to 5-0 in the Big Ten with a 6-1 victory over No. 48 Ohio State. Indiana won the doubles point, and Cecile Perton won the first of three singles matches that went three sets to clinch the win for Indiana.

    Notre Dame is 19-1 this season and is ranked second in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) poll. Catrina Thompson is ranked 26th in singles, while Cosmina Ciobanu is 48th. Two doubles teams are ranked in the top 25, led by Catrina Thompson and Christian Thompson at No. 8.

    Northwestern is 11-4. Its match with the Hoosiers will mark the third consecutive day of three straight contests it will play against top-50 teams. The Wildcats are led by No. 11 Georgia Rose, who is one of three ranked singles players. Rose teams with Alexis Prousis in doubles. The duo is ranked 13th.

    The Hoosiers are ranked 34th in the latest ITA FILA Collegiate Rankings of the season, released April 3. Indiana began the year ranked 43rd, and was ranked as high as No. 29 on Feb. 21. Indiana is one of seven Big Ten teams ranked in the poll. Northwestern, ranked No. 10, leads all Big Ten teams in the poll.

    The Hoosiers are currently 5-0 in the Big Ten. The last time that Indiana started the conference campaign 5-0 was in 1995. Indiana was 13-0 in conference play that season. Individually, Laura McGaffigan (5-0) and Sigrid Fischer (4-0) are undefeated in Big Ten play this year.

    Senior Laura McGaffigan became the latest Hoosier to upset a ranked opponent with a 6-4, 6-1 win over No. 60 Joelle Schwenk at No. 2 singles against Kentucky on Feb. 18.

    Indiana's biggest win as a team came against No. 21 Kentucky. With the Hoosiers ranked 29th, the team took the doubles point, then won four of the six singles matches to clinch a 5-2 victory. McGaffigan, sophomore Sigrid Fischer, senior Cecile Perton and freshman Lindsey Stuckey all won in singles.

    Senior Cecile Perton became the latest Hoosier to reach 20 wins, against Ohio State on April 4. Freshman Lindsey Stuckey reached the mark on March 25 against Minnesota.




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