HOOSIERS CLOSE OUT HOME SEASON
April 14, 1998
HOOSIERS CLOSE OUT HOME SEASON
THIS WEEK: The 50th-ranked Indiana women's tennis team will host Illinois this Saturday, April 18th, and Purdue this Sunday, April 19th. Illinois enters the weekend at 6-10 overall and 2-4 in the Big Ten. The 49-th ranked Boilermakers enter the weekend 10-7 overall and 5-1 in the conference. After this weekend's matches, the Hoosiers head to Notre Dame, April 21st.
THE WEEK THAT WAS: The Hoosiers took on a pair of Big Ten foes last weekend, squeaking out a 4-3 victory at Wisconsin last Saturday, but falling to Northwestern by the same score on Sunday.
ONE TOUGH COOKIE: With the overall match tied at 3-3, Correne Stout faced Wisconsin's highly touted Barbara Urbanska for the deciding point. Stout fell behind 4-2 in the third set and then suffered a sprained ankle. However, neither the sprained ankle nor Urbanska would stand in Stout's way. She came back to win 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 in an emotional victory that netted the Hoosiers the upset win at Wisconsin.
UNBEATABLE: Following wins over Wisconsin's Roz Sweeney and Northwestern's Robyn Porter last weekend, Indiana's Jessica Anderson has run her current singles win streak to nine matches, amassing a 7-0 Big Ten record in the process.
FITZGERALD HONORED: Kelly Fitzgerald was recently named a Scholastic Achievement Award winner for her efforts in the classroom. The award is given annually to one athlete in each varsity sport to honor and acknowledge the academic excellence of the recipient. Fitzgerald's name will be permanently displayed on a plaque in the north lobby of Assembly Hall as a reminder of the honor. Fitzgerald was also named the 1998 Jack D. Tichenor Award Winner for women's sports, given to the male and female athlete with the highest degree of academic excellence.
HEAD COACH LIN LORING: Loring is entering his 21st season at the helm of the Hoosiers' tennis program. In his 20 seasons he has compiled an impressive 513-125 overall record and a 246-11 mark against Big Ten foes. The four time Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year and two time National Coach of-the-Year has 556 victories against 144 defeats in his 24 year career. Prior to Indiana, Loring coached for four seasons at his alma mater, UC-Santa Barbara.
ODDS AND ENDS: Senior Correne Stout became the first Hoosier to top the 20 win plateau in both singles and doubles...she leads the team with 24 doubles victories...Stout has only played one third set in singles competition this season...she boasts the longest winning streaks of the season with 15 in singles and 13 straight in doubles...Zahra Ahamed has won 20 of her last 22 doubles matches...Jessica Anderson has won 13 of her last 15 singles matches...her 9 straight victories is the longest active streak...she recently surpassed the 20 win plateau and leads the team with 23 wins...freshman Kelly Blanch has won 15 of 21 matches since joining the team in January...junior Kelly Fitzgerald has won 16 of her last 19 doubles matches...senior Megan McCarney has won 12 straight doubles decisions...she currently has the longest active winning streak...Becky Wallihan has won 11 of her last 13 doubles matches.
TOUGH COMPETITION: Indiana could possibly have one of the nation's toughest schedules this year. The Hoosiers will face or have faced 11 teams in dual matches that rank among the nation's top 75 in the recent Rolex Collegiate Rankings. Duke, who the Hoosiers dropped a 7-2 decision to, is ranked 3rd, followed by Notre Dame, who Indiana plays on the 21st, at 17. Indiana beat 19-th ranked Wisconsin last weekend 4-3, but lost to 25th-ranked Kentucky. Marquette, who the Hoosiers defeated 7-2, is 39th. UNLV is ranked 42nd and Big Ten opponents Michigan and Minnesota are rated 46th and 47th, respectively. State rival Purdue is ranked just ahead of the Hoosiers at 49th while Northwestern and Iowa represent the 7th and 8th Big Ten teams in the top 75 at 65th and 74th, respectively.
THE NUMBERS GAME: In the latest Rolex Collegiate Ranking's the Hoosier's were ranked 7th in the Midwest Region and 50th in the nation. In the national polls, Correne Stout was ranked 66th out of 111 ranked players.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION: All pertinent information regarding the 1997-98 women's tennis team is available via Fax-On-Demand. By dialing (770) 399-3066 from your fax machine you gain access to fax-back information from around the nation. For information on Indiana's program you must first access the Big Ten Conference (282). From there you may select any, or all of the following items pertaining to Indiana tennis: Entire release & results (1525); latest roster and schedule updates (1526); Last match report (1527).
TIME IS TICKING: Following the weekend, only two matches remain before the Big Ten Championships - 4/21 at Notre Dame and 4/25 at Penn State. The Big Ten Championships will be held in Madison, Wis., April 30-May 3. The Hoosiers will be gunning for their 15th conference title.
TOO CLOSE TO CALL: The Hoosiers have had a habit of competing in tight matches this season. They have had eight matches decided by one point, winning just two of them.
TOGETHER AGAIN: Christy Sharp and Kelly Fitzgerald once again teamed up on the doubles side of the net in last weekend's trips to Wisconsin and Northwestern. The pair swept their matches to run their record together to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten.
20/20 VISION: Senior Correne Stout became the first Hoosier this
season to net at least 20 wins in both singles and doubles. She currently
stands at 21-8 in singles and 24-9 in doubles.
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