Blank Buckeyes, 7-0
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 35 Indiana women's tennis team improved to 5-1 in Big Ten play with a 7-0 win over Ohio State on Friday afternoon at the IU Varsity Tennis Courts. The Hoosiers are now 11-8 overall, while the Buckeyes fall to 6-14 on the season and 1-4 in league play.
The Cream and Crimson captured the doubles point and won all six singles contests en route to the win.
"We played much better in singles today, after a slow start in doubles. I'm really pleased with the 5-1 start in Big Ten play," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "We have put ourselves in a great position."
It was Indiana's second shutout win of the season, and first during conference play.
IU claimed the initial doubles match as the team of senior Dora Vastag and sophomore Cecile Perton bested freshman Caitlin O'Keefe and Silva Prajescu, 8-2, at No. 3. The duo is now 17-7 overall and 11-5 in dual matches.
The Hoosiers secured the tandem point as sophomore Laura McGaffigan and freshman Brianna Williams upended sophomores Kristen Messmer and Sonia Ruzimovsky at No. 2 by the margin of 8-4. The twosome broke OSU's serve at 7-4, on the way to their eighth win of the spring.
The Cream and Crimson secured the sweep as the No. 1 team of senior Dominika Walterova and junior Sarah Batty topped seniors Emily DeCamilla and Meredith Vincent, 8-6. The Hoosier pair was down 4-1, but battled back, and broke the Buckeyes' serve four times en route to the win. The victory was the fifth in dual action for Batty and Walterova.
IU is now 11-1 when it captures the doubles mark.
"I was disappointed with the way that we started doubles," Loring said. "We talked at the break about not starting that slow in singles. We came out right from the start and put a lot of the matches away early."
The Hoosiers picked up their intensity and won the initial four singles matches, and dropped only 10 games over the quartet of contests.
Walterova won 6-1, 6-1 over Vincent, at No. 4, and McGaffigan bested O'Keefe, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 3. Walterova notched her 12th win of the year, while McGaffigan pushed her overall mark to 22-9 and 14-4 in dual action.
Vastag sealed the affair with a 6-2, 6-1 win over DeCamilla at the top singles spot. The Hoosiers are now 9-0 when the Okemos, Mich., product is victorious at the No. 1 position.
Williams earned a straight-set win over Messmer, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 5, and Batty and Perton each earned crowns at No. 2 and 5, respectively. Batty took care of Ruzimovsky, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (4), and Perton downed senior Lindsay Bryan, 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (2).
Williams is now 18-13 overall, Batty moved to 15-8 on the year and Perton vaulted to 19-9 for her campaign.
The Hoosiers will return to the courts on Sunday, April 10, for a non-conference tilt with No. 31 Notre Dame. The contest is slated to begin at 10 a.m., and will be played on the IU Varsity Tennis Courts.
"The match with Notre Dame on Sunday is going to be very close," Loring said.
#35 Indiana 7, Ohio State 0
IU Varsity Tennis Courts
1. #101 Dora Vastag (IND) def. Emily DeCamilla (OSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Sarah Batty (IND) def. Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (4)
3. Laura McGaffigan (IND) def. Caitlin O'Keefe (OSU) 6-2, 6-0
4. Dominika Walterova (IND) def. Meredith Vincent (OSU) 6-1, 6-1
5. Brianna Williams (IND) def. Kristen Messmer (OSU) 6-1, 6-2
6. Cecile Perton (IND) def. Lindsay Bryan (OSU) 6-3, 2-6, 1-0 (2)
1. Sarah Batty/Dominika Walterova (IND) def. Emily DeCamilla/Meredith Vincent (OSU) 8-6
2. Laura McGaffigan/Brianna Williams (IND) def. Kristen Messmer/Sonia Ruzimovsky (OSU) 8-4
3. Cecile Perton/Dora Vastag (IND) def. Caitlin O'Keefe/Silvia Prajescu (OSU) 8-2
Ohio State 6-14, 1-4
Indiana 11-8, 5-1; National ranking #35
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (4,3,1,5,2,6)
Indiana is now 11-1 when it wins the doubles point.
This was the second shutout win of the season for the Hoosiers.
IU is now 8-3 at home.
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