Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana women's tennis team jumped out to an early lead over No. 38 Michigan, but could not hold on as the Wolverines roared back in winning five singles matches. The Hoosiers fell short with a 5-2 loss to Michigan. Indiana is now 9-12 on the season and 1-5 in the Big Ten.
"We knew coming in that we were the underdogs, but we put a scare in them," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said.
Indiana jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with a dramatic doubles point win. At the No. 1 spot, junior Linda Tran and senior Karie Schlukebir broke Michigan's DaCosta and Rutherford in the fourth game and cruised to an 8-3 win. The victory upped the duo's mark to 15-5 on the season. It also pushed Schlukebir's career doubles' win total into a tie for eighth on the Hoosiers' all-time list with 86 career wins. Tran is in seventh with 88 doubles victories only one behind sixth place. Michigan picked up the No. 3 spot in doubles to even in at one apiece.
Things looked bleak for the Hoosiers as junior Martina Grimm and freshman Sarah Batty trailed 7-3 to Duprez and Plaushines. The duo rallied in claiming the match's final six points to clinch the point and give the Hoosiers momentum going into the singles. It was the second straight day the Hoosier duo came from behind. On Saturday, they rallied from a 6-3 deficit to win. Grimm and Batty are 18-10 on the year and 3-3 in the Big Ten.
The Wolverines came out firing on all cylinders in the singles as they picked up the first victory at the No. 4 position to even it at one. Batty helped the Hoosiers retake the lead with a straight sets win at No. 2 singles. She downed Nolan 6-1, 6-2. Batty improved to 18-16 on the season.
Michigan wasted little time in evening the score once again with a win at the No. 6 singles position. The match was even at two with three matches on the court, including one in a deciding third set.
The Wolverines took their first lead of the day with Duprez win at No. 5 singles. Michigan's No. 1 singles player DaCosta clinched the Wolverine win with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Linda Tran.
At No. 3 singles, junior Martina Grimm fought back after losing the first set 6-2 to claim the second 6-1 over Rutherford. Grimm was unable to pick up the match though as Rutherford claimed Michigan's fifth singles win with a 6-3 third set win. The loss dropped Grimm to 22-13 on the season.
The Hoosiers will continue their home stand next weekend when they square off with Iowa and Minnesota. The Iowa match is slated for Saturday, April 12, while Minnesota will be in Bloomington on Sunday, April 13. Both matches will carry a 10:00 a.m. start time and will be played at the Varsity Tennis Courts, weather permitting. The Minnesota match will mark the Indiana seniors' final match in Bloomington.