Hoosiers Prepare for Final Regular Season Road Trip (4/15/04)
April 15, 2004
IU Set For Final Two Regular Season Road Matches
The 30th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers continue their road stretch when they take on 37th-ranked Iowa on Saturday, April 17 at 10 a.m. The Hoosiers then play Minnesota at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 18.
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 3-5 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 13, the Hoosiers moved up in the rankings to 30th.
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 11-7, and 16-9 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 seven losses this spring came against opponents ranked in the top-25. 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, 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.
Iowa is ranked 37th as a team and has one ranked singles player. Meg Racette is ranked 94th with a record of 10-7 this spring, 3-4 Big Ten.
The Hawkeyes are 11-6, (4-3 Big Ten), and 9-0 at home this spring. Most recently, Iowa dropped two Big Ten matches to 52nd-ranked Wisconsin, 5-2, and 11th-ranked Northwestern, 6-1.
This will be the 39th meeting between the Hawkeyes and Hoosiers. Indiana leads the overall series 24-4, and has a 9-2 advantage when playing in Iowa City. Indiana has lost two-straight to Iowa, and has a 7-3 advantage in the last 10 meetings between the two teams.
The Golden Gophers are 2-16 (0-7 Big Ten). Minnesota comes into Sundays match on a 12-match losing streak, most recently against 11th-ranked Northwestern, 7-0 and 52nd-ranked Wisconsin, 7-0.
Indiana has an overall series record of 23-5 against Minnesota. Indiana holds a 9-2 advantage when playing in Minneapolis, but its two losses have come the last two trips the Hoosiers have made to Minnesota.
Tran Honored by Big Ten
Linda Tran was recognized as the Big Ten Conference Co-Athlete of the Week for her performance last weekend against Michigan and Michigan State. She is the first Hoosier woman to receive the honor this season, and its just the second time in school history that a Hoosier player has won the leagues top weekly honor. Tran also picked up Indianas other Big Ten Athlete of the Week honor for the week of March 20, 2003.
Loring Gets 600th Win at IU
Indiana head coach Lin Loring captured his 600th win at Indiana and 642nd career win when the Hoosiers defeated Michigan State, 6-1, on Sunday, April 11. It couldnt have been more fitting for his 600th win to come against Michigan State, for the Spartans are the only team in the Big Ten who Loring has never lost to in his 27-year career as Indianas head coach.
Indiana in the Rankings
Indiana continued to be ranked in the ITA top-75 rankings for the 11th-straight week. The Hoosiers enter the week with a 30th 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 return home to conclude the regular season with their final two regular-season Big Ten matches. Indiana faces 17th-ranked Illinois on Saturday, April 24 at 10 a.m. in what could decide the Big Ten regular season champions. The Hoosiers then play in-state rival, 58th-ranked Purdue at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 25. The Purdue match will be senior day and Hoosier spirit day.