Scouting OSU & ND
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 35 Indiana women's tennis team will host Ohio State today, April 8, and No. 31 Notre Dame on Sunday, April 10. The match-up with the Buckeyes is set for 4 p.m., while the showdown with the Irish is slated for 10 a.m. Both matches will be played at the IU Varsity Tennis Courts.
Scouting Ohio State:
Ohio State (6-13, 1-3) has lost five of its last six matches, including a pair of Big Ten contests last weekend. The Buckeyes dropped home tilts to then-No. 53 Illinois, 5-2, on April 2, and to then-No. 61 Purdue, 6-1, on April 3. OSU opened conference play with a 6-1 loss at then-No. 62 Iowa on March 25, before earning its first league victory against then-No. 60 Minnesota, 4-3, on March 27.
Senior Lindsey Adams plays at the top singles position for Ohio State, while fellow classmate Emily DeCamilla rests at the No. 2 singles slot. Adams and freshman Caitlin O'Keefe played at the No. 1 doubles spot the last three conference matches.
Indiana and Ohio State have played six common opponents in Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue, TCU, Tennessee and Western Michigan. OSU is 0-6 versus the sextet, while the Hoosiers are 3-3 with wins over Illinois, Purdue and Western Michigan.
Chuck Merzbacher is in his eighth season at the helm of the Ohio State program.
Notre Dame (9-8) defeated then-No. 72 Long Beach State, 4-2, on April 2 in its last outing. The Irish will host No. 16 William and Mary on Saturday, April 9, before traveling to Bloomington.
Sophomore Catrina Thompson is ranked 37th in the nation and is 12-5 at the top singles position. Freshman Brook Buck, ranked 90th in the country, is 11-6 at the No. 2 singles slot. Catrina Thompson and sophomore Christian Thompson stand fourth in the nation among doubles squads. The duo is 13-2 on the spring.
The Hoosiers and the Irish have seven common opponents in Duke, North Carolina, Purdue, Tennessee, UNLV, Wake Forest and Wisconsin. Both teams are 3-4 versus the group, as both defeated the Demon Deacons and Boilermakers, while the Irish upended the Lady Rebels and IU downed Wisconsin.
Jay Louderback is in his 16th year at the helm of the Notre Dame women's tennis program.
The Hoosiers beat Ohio State last season by the margin of 4-3. IU claimed the doubles point and earned singles wins from senior Dora Vastag, junior Sarah Batty and sophomore Cecile Perton en route to the win. The Cream and Crimson and the Buckeyes have split the last eight meetings.
Notre Dame has won seven of the last eight tilts against IU, including last year's 5-2 home decision. The Hoosiers won the Feb. 3, 2003 contest, 5-2, in South Bend.
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