Hoosiers Host Minnesota
April 19, 2000 Hoosiers Host Minnesota
ON TAP...The women's tennis team will conclude its regular season with a home match against Minnesota on Saturday at 10 a.m. Last year, the Hoosiers lost to Minnesota 5-2 in Minneapolis. Indiana leads the all-time series with a 22-2 record.
SCOUTING MINNESOTA...The 36th-ranked Golden Gophers come into this weekend's match with a 14-5 record, while going 5-3 in the Big Ten. Last week, Minnesota lost two matches to Big Ten opponents. The Golden Gophers lost to 16th-ranked Nothwestern 5-2 and 37th-ranked Illinois 4-3. Minnesota is led by senior Nora Sauska, who currently ranks second in career wins at Minnesota with 89. Sauska and Sandra Olsen are currently ranked 21st in doubles.
HEAD COACH LIN LORING ABOUT THE WEEKEND.. "We do not know too much about Minnesota since they have several new players on their team. We know that they have been playing really well lately. It is going to be a very hard match for us unless we can get some of the people healthy that have been injured lately."
HOOSIERS SPLIT MATCHES...The women's tennis team split its matches last weekend. On Saturday, the Hoosiers defeated 63rd-ranked Penn State 5-2 in University Park, Pennsylvania. On Sunday, the Hoosiers lost a close match to 25th-ranked Ohio State 4-3 in Columbus, Ohio.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS...Indiana will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the Big Ten Tennis Championships from April 27-30. Play will begin on Thursday, as the six lowest seeded teams will compete to reach the main draw. On Friday, the first round of the main draw will take place, with semifinals taking place on Saturday and the finals on Sunday.
IN THE RANKINGS...The women's tennis team moved up four spots this week to 43rd...the Hoosiers are ranked 7th in the Midwest Region...Senior Jessica Anderson and Junior Kelly Blanch are ranked 32nd nationally in doubles. They are also ranked 8th in the region...Blanch is ranked #20 in the Midwest Region, while Anderson is ranked 8th.
AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS...Indiana has faced a ranked opponent in 14 matches this season and has posted a record of 7-9 with the wins coming in matches against #30 Michigan, #32 Iowa, #44 Maryland, #36 Marquette, #49 Wisconsin, #51 Purdue and #63 Penn State. The Hoosiers have lost matches to #11 Duke, #14 Notre Dame, #14 Northwestern, #18 Tennessee, #25 Ohio State, #30 Kentucky, #49 Georgia Tech, #50 North Carolina and #67 Illinois. (ranking is from when the Hoosiers faced opponent)
CLIMBING THE RECORD BOOKS...Senior Jessica Anderson posted her 100th career singles victory with a win over Wisconsin's April Gabler 6-4,6-7,6-1 on February 26. She currently has a 20-13 record on the season. Anderson moved into a tie with Jenny Snyder for 13th on the all-time singles victory list with 105.
REBOUNDING WITH A VENGEANCE...After posting an 8-29 singles record last year, junior Kelly Blanch has bounced back to have an outstanding year so far. Blanch has gone 12-7 in dual matches this season and an overall record of 20-9.
Fabulous Freshman...Jessica Levin has began her career at Indiana University with 12-5 dual record and a 20-12 overall record going into the weekend. Levin has also proved to be a solid doubles competitor by posting an overall 25-7 record.
STEADY IN THE LINEUP...Sophomore Amanda Field has provided a solid performance at three different positions in the singles lineup. Currently, she is playing at the No. 4 position and has posted a 3-4 record. She has also seen time at the No. 3 and No. 5 positions and has an overall dual record of 14-7.
STRENGTH AT THE BOTTOM...Senior Becky Wallihan has always been a solid doubles performer for the Hoosiers, but this year she also provided great play at the No. 6 singles spot. After playing in only one singles dual match a year ago, Wallihan has posted a 8-5 record this year.
HEAD COACH LIN LORING...is currently in his 22nd season as the Head Coach
of the Hoosiers women's tennis team. In his 22 season's he has compiled
a remarkable overall record of 544-154, while accumulating a 264-33 record
against Big Ten opponents. The four-time Big Ten Coach -of the-Year and
two-time National Coach-of-the -Year, has compiled a 576-171 overall record
in his 27 year coaching career. Prior to Indiana, coach Loring spent four-years
as the Head Coach of UC-Santa Barbara.
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