The 35th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers travel to the state of Michigan when Indiana takes on 25th-ranked Michigan on Saturday, April 10 at 11 a.m. The Hoosiers then play Michigan State at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 11.
Things Get Tough
Indiana has a tough schedule this year. The Hoosiers face 15 ranked opponents this season. Eight of those opponents are currently in the top-25, and nine of Indianas matches against ranked opponents will be played on the road. On the season, the Hoosiers are 2-5 when playing an opponent ranked in the top-25 at the time of the match.
Who To Watch
Look no further than the Cream and Crimson. When the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its team rankings on April 6, the Hoosiers slipped in the rankings to 35th.
When the national player rankings came out on April 6, three Indiana womens players were recognized. Senior Martina Grimm, junior Dora Vastag and sophomore Sarah Batty all remained ranked among the best in the nation.
Vastag improved in the singles rankings to 38th. Her record this spring is 11-5, and 16-7 overall. Her 11 victories include knocking off current 36th-ranked Tammy Encina of Tennessee, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. When Indiana faced Kentucky, Vastag defeated currently 19th-ranked Aibika Kalsarieva in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. She captured victory against 48th-ranked Paty Aburto of TCU, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Against 85th-ranked Katie McGaffigan of Wisconsin, she defeated her 2-6, 7-6, 6-1. Her latest win came against 98th-ranked Lindsay Williams of Ohio State, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6.
Four of her five losses this spring came against opponents ranked in the top-20. In a hard-fought match against current ninth-ranked Amanda Johnson of Duke, she was able to force the match into a third set where she ended up falling, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Then against Notre Dame, she fell to now 11th-ranked Alicia Salas, 6-0, 6-2. Against 21st-ranked Jessica Roland of Texas A&M, she fell 6-3, 6-0. Her last defeat was to third-ranked Cristelle Grier of Northwestern, 6-1,
Grimm and Batty continued to be ranked in doubles at 44th. The tandem is 3-2 in matches this spring and 8-3 overall. To begin the spring, they fell 9-7 to Maharaj and Robards of Tennessee. They rebounded against Duke with a 9-8 victory over Zika and Cargill to secure Indiana the doubles point. They fell 8-5 to Kalsarieva and Maurer of Kentucky. Finally, against Notre Dame, the tandem picked up the Hoosiers only doubles win, defeating L. Connelly and Salas, 8-6, giving the Irish duo their first loss of the season.
Michigan is ranked 25th as a team and has two ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team. Elizabeth Exon is ranked 89th with a record of 10-5 this spring, 4-1 Big Ten. Michelle DaCosta is ranked 96th with a 10-5 dual record, 3-2 Big Ten. In doubles, Kim Plaushines and Debra Streifler are ranked 46th with a dual record of 13-2, 3-2 Big Ten.
The Wolverines are 13-2, (4-1 Big Ten), and 8-0 at home this spring. Most recently, Michigan dropped its first Big Ten match to 32nd-ranked Iowa, 4-3, then downed Minnesota, 5-2. Michigans only other loss this season came against 26th-ranked Alabama, 4-3.
This will be the 36th meeting between the Wolverines and Hoosiers. Indiana leads the overall series 27-8, and has a 10-2 advantage when playing in Ann Arbor. Indiana has lost three-straight to Michigan. The Hoosiers last win came in the 2000-01 season.
Scouting Michigan State
The Spartans are 7-9 (2-3 Big Ten), and 3-4 at home this spring. Michigan State comes into Sunday having most recently downed Minnesota, 7-0 and then fell to 32nd-ranked Iowa, 5-2.
IU-Michigan State Series
Indiana has a 36-match winning streak and an overall series record of 36-1 against Michigan State. Last year, Indiana captured its only Big Ten win against the Spartans, 5-2. Head coach Lin Loring has never lost to Michigan State.
IU in the Rankings
Indiana continued to be ranked in the ITA top-75 rankings for the 10th-straight week. The Hoosiers enter the week with a 35th overall ranking.
Around the Big Ten
The Big Ten Conference is well represented in the ITA rankings with eight out of 11 teams among the top 75.
The Hoosiers continue their road stretch when they take on 32nd-ranked Iowa on Saturday, April 17 at 10 a.m. The Hoosiers then play Minnesota at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 18.