Iowa City, Iowa The No. 30 Indiana womens tennis team swept No. 37 Iowa, 7-0, on Saturday, April 17. The Hoosiers improve to 14-6 overall, 6-1 in the Big Ten, while Iowa drops to 11-7 overall, 4-4 in the Big Ten. The Hoosiers have claimed five-straight Big Ten victories to put them in a three-way tie with Illinois and Northwestern for first in the Big Ten with one loss.
Head coach Lin Loring was pleased with the win against the Hawkeyes.
We won all the close matches, so the score was deceiving, Loring said. It was a very good win for us at Iowa because they have been a dangerous team this year.
The Hoosiers started off the morning capturing doubles win at the No. 1 and 3 spots. Reining Big Ten Athlete of the Week, senior Linda Tran and sophomore Sarah Batty defeated Meg Racette and Hillary Mintz, 8-5, at the one-spot. Seniors Martina Grimm and Karie Schlukebir, remain undefeated in Big Ten action at 3-0, with a win over Chelsea Glynn and Hilary Tyler, 8-4.
In a match that was much closer than the final score would indicate, the Hoosiers were forced to win three singles matches in the third set and another in a second set tiebreaker.
Junior Dora Vastag, ranked 38th in the nation, defeated No. 94 Racette, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the No. 1 singles position. Tran, after falling behind early, was able to force her match in the No. 2 position into a third set. Tran downed Mintz, 3-6, 6-2, 7-5. Batty in a second set tiebreaker, downed Glynn, 6-4, 7-6 (3).
Both freshman Laura McGaffigan and Schlukebir had straight-set wins on the day. McGaffigan downed Anastasia Zhukova, 6-3, 6-4, in the No. 4 position, while Schlukebir had a 6-0, 6-0 win over Deni Alexandrova in the No. 5 spot. Freshman Cecile Perton had the other three-set match. Perton was able to come back from dropping the second set to down Tyler, 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 (7) to pick up the win at the No. 6 spot.
The Hoosiers handed Iowa its first loss at home on the season, and snaps a two-match skip for the Hoosiers against the Hawkeyes.
Indiana plays again against Minnesota on Sunday, April 18 at 10 a.m.