Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana women's tennis team will end the season on the road this weekend with two matches. The Hoosiers will travel to No. 26 Illinois on Saturday, April 19, before heading to West Lafayette to take on No. 45 Purdue on Sunday. The Illinois match is scheduled for 11:00 a.m., while the Purdue match is set for 10:00 a.m.
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The Illini enter the match with a 13-6 overall record and a 6-2 mark in the Big Ten. Illinois sits in a three-way tie for second place in the conference.
Aside from the Big Ten opponents, the Hoosiers and Illini have five common opponents. The Hoosiers are 2-3 against the five, while Illinois is 4-1. The group includes Western Michigan, Tennessee, Duke, Wake Forest and Marquette. The Hoosiers beat Marquette (4-3) and Western Michigan (4-3). Illinois beat Duke (4-3) and Wake Forest (5-2), while the Hoosiers lost to Duke (7-0) and Wake Forest (6-1).
Illinois' lineup features one ranked singles player and one ranked doubles team. Jennifer McGaffigan is ranked 69th in singles, while McGaffigan and Michelle Webb are 20th in doubles.
The Hoosiers downed Illinois last season, 4-3, in Bloomington. Indiana also leads the all-time series at 28-5.
Purdue holds a 11-9 record this season and a 5-3 record in the Big Ten. The Boilers have won five straight matches heading into a Thursday's match up with Illinois.
Aside from Big Ten opponents, IU and Purdue have eight common opponents. The group includes Miami of Ohio, Butler, Tennessee, Western Michigan, Kentucky, Duke, DePaul and Notre Dame. Indiana is 3-5 against the group, while Purdue is 4-4. The only difference between the two is that Purdue beat DePaul, 6-1, while the Hoosiers lost to the Blue Demons, 5-2.
The Boilers have one ranked singles player. Amy Walgenlach, who plays No. 2 singles, is ranked 114th in the latest ITA singles rankings.
Indiana holds a 43-1 all-time record against Purdue, including a 5-2 win in Bloomington last season.
The Hoosiers/ Boilermakers match up will be for a Titan Series point. IU currently leads the standing with 6.5 points, while Purdue has 5.5.
The Titan Series between Indiana and Purdue started last season as a battle between the Athletic Departments. Each sport has a point on the line when the two battle. Half points are awarded in sports where the two schools meet twice. The competition is comprised of 20 points with the winner being the first to win 10.5 points.
The Hoosiers won the competition last season.
The Hoosiers have compiled an 9-14 mark this season. Of the Hoosiers' 14 losses, 11 have come to ranked opponents.
The losses to ranked opponents include No. 4 Duke (7-0), No. 14 Wake Forest (6-1), No. 30 Kentucky (7-0), No. 33 Wisconsin (5-2), No. 11 Northwestern (7-0), No. 12 Tennessee (7-0), No. 35 Ohio State (5-2), No. 75 DePaul (5-2), No. 27 Notre Dame (6-1), No. 38 Michigan (5-2) and No. 27 Minnesota (7-0).
The Hoosiers will finish out the season with two matches against top 50 opponents with No. 26 Illinois and No. 45 Purdue.
The Hoosiers dropped a pair of home matches last weekend as they fell 4-3 to Iowa and 7-0 to No. 27 Minnesota.
Against Iowa, the Hoosiers picked up the doubles point by sweeping the Hawkeyes. Junior Linda Tran and Karie Schlukebir picked up a win at No. 1 doubles, while freshman Sarah Batty and junior Martina Grimm won at No. 2. Freshman Sophie Rychlik and sophomore Dominika Walterova won their first match as a team against Iowa at No. 3.
The Hoosiers were only able to win two singles matches with three going to three sets. Schlukebir came back after dropping the first set to pick up her 15th win of the season. Grimm won the Hoosiers other singles match picking up her career-high 23rd win of the season.
Against the Gophers, the Hoosiers only picked up one victory that coming at No. 1 doubles. Tran and Schlukeibr upped their season mark to 17-5 and their Big Ten record to 5-1.
Moving Up the Charts
Senior Karie Schlukebir and junior Linda Tran have made their way into the top 10 on Indiana's career doubles' victories list.
Over the last three seasons, the duo has amassed a 75-25 record as a team. This season, the duo has amassed a 17-5 mark, including a 5-1 record in the Big Ten. Tran is two wins ahead of her partner in sixth with 90 wins. Schlukebir is eighth at 88 wins. Tran is also fourth in career Big Ten doubles' wins with 25. Schlukebir is in sixth with 23 wins.
March 18- Junior Linda Tran was recognized as the Big Ten Player of the Week for her performance March 15 against Bowling Green and Cincinnati. It is the first Big Ten Player of the Week award ever given out because prior to this season the Big Ten only gave out Player-of-the-Month awards.
Tran led the Hoosiers to wins over Bowling Green (6-1) and Cincinnati (4-3). Saddled with injuries, Indiana had to forfeit the No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles matches. Tran was able to help Indiana overcome the handicap with wins at No. 2 doubles and No. 1 singles in both matches.
The Grand Rapids, Michigan native is currently 12-15 in singles this season. She has compiled a combined doubles record of 26-7 playing with Dominika Walterova and Karie Schlukebir. She is 17-5 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten with Schlukebir.