Scouting: Gophers & Hawkeyes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 37 Indiana women's tennis team (11-9, 5-1 Big Ten) will hit the road for a pair of Big Ten matches this weekend at No. 75 Minnesota (5-11, 0-6) and No. 49 Iowa (10-7, 4-2). The Hoosiers and the Golden Gophers square off on Friday, April 15, at 3 p.m., and the Cream and Crimson battle the Hawkeyes on Sunday, April 17, at 10 a.m.
Checking Out Minnesota and Iowa:
No. 75 Minnesota (5-11, 0-6) is coming off a 7-0 loss to No. 2 Northwestern in its last outing on April 10. The Golden Gophers have struggled as of late, dropping their last seven matches. The Maroon and Gold last won on March 6, against Drake, by the score of 4-3.
Minnesota's top singles player junior Nischela Reddy is ranked 70th in the nation by the ITA. She is 14-13 in singles action and has won three of her last five matches.
The Hoosiers and the Golden Gophers have five common opponents in Kentucky, North Carolina, Northwestern, Ohio State and Wisconsin. IU is 2-3 against the quintet, while Minnesota is 0-5. The Cream and Crimson claimed wins over the Badgers and Buckeyes.
Indiana won last year's meeting 6-1 in Minneapolis. IU claimed the doubles point and notched victories in five of six singles contests en route to the win. Before that victory, the Golden Gophers had won five of the previous six meetings with IU.
No. 49 Iowa (10-7, 4-2) won its last match, 4-3, against then-No. 33 Wisconsin on April 10. The Hawkeyes will host Penn State on Friday, before welcoming the Hoosiers to town.
Iowa has won three of its last five Big Ten matches.
Sophomore Meg Racette has played a majority of the spring at the No. 1 singles position, while fellow classmate Hilary Mintz has seen action at the No. 2 spot. Freshman Milica Veselinovic has posted the best mark for Iowa this spring, 13-4, at the No. 4 position. She has captured nine of her last 10 matches.
Indiana and Iowa have five common opponents in Notre Dame, Northwestern, Ohio State, TCU and Wisconsin. The two teams have identical marks of 2-3 against the five, both earning wins against the Buckeyes and the Badgers.
The Hoosiers won last year's meeting 7-0 in Iowa City. The Cream and Crimson has won seven of the last 10 meetings in the series.
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