IU Closes Out Regular Season Against Illinois and Purdue
The 25th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (15-6, 7-1 Big Ten) return home to conclude the regular season with their final two regular-season Big Ten matches. Indiana faces 16th-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, 61st-ranked Purdue at 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 25. The Purdue match will be senior day and Hoosier spirit day.
Things Get Tough
Indiana has a tough schedule this year. The Hoosiers face 15 ranked opponents this season. Six 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 20, the Hoosiers moved back into the top-25, ranked 25th.
When the national player rankings came out on April 20, four Indiana womens players were recognized. Seniors Martina Grimm and Linda Tran, junior Dora Vastag and sophomore Sarah Batty all remained ranked among the best in the nation.
Vastag slipped in the singles rankings to 48th. Her record this spring is 12-8, and 17-10 overall.
Her 12 victories include knocking off current 35th-ranked Tammy Encina of Tennessee, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Against Arizona State, she knocked off current 99th-ranked Joslynn Burkett, 6-4, 6-4. When Indiana faced Kentucky, Vastag defeated currently 17th-ranked Aibika Kalsarieva in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. She captured victory against 54th-ranked Paty Aburto of TCU, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Against 75th-ranked Katie McGaffigan of Wisconsin, she defeated her 2-6, 7-6, 6-1. Her latest win came against 111th-ranked Meg Racette of Iowa, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Four of her eight 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 19th-ranked Alicia Salas, 6-0, 6-2. Against 23rd-ranked Jessica Roland of Texas A&M, she fell 6-3, 6-0. Against second-ranked Cristelle Grier of Northwestern, she dropped the match 6-1, 6-1. She fell to 57th-ranked Michelle DaCosta, 7-5, 6-1. Her last defeat was to65th-ranked Angela Buergis of Minnesota, 6-3, 6-2.
Tran and Batty enter the doubles rankings for the first time at 33rd. The duo is 10-1 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten. The duos only loss came against the 28th-ranked team of Saber Pierce and Ana Cetnik of TCU, 8-0. Their wins include a win over 48th-ranked Michelle DaCosta and Kara Delicata of Michigan, 8-3.
Grimm and Batty continued to be ranked in doubles at 52nd. 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.
Illinois is ranked 16th as a team, and has one ranked singles player and one ranked doubles team.
Jennifer McGaffigan is ranked 44th with a record of 14-6 this spring, 6-3 Big Ten.
Illinois doubles team of McGaffigan and Cynthya Goulet are ranked 15th. The team has a dual record of 17-3, 7-2 in the Big Ten.
Purdue is ranked 61st in he team rankings, but has no ranked singles or doubles.
The Illini are 17-3, (8-1 Big Ten), and 5-2 on the road this spring. Most recently, Illinois picked two Big Ten matches against 27th-ranked Michigan, 5-2, and Michigan State, 7-0. Illinois comes into the Saturdays match on an 11-match winning streak. Illinois match with Indiana will be the Illinis final match prior to Big Ten Championships.
This will be the 35th meeting between the Illini and Hoosiers. Indiana leads the overall series 28-6, and has a 10-3 advantage when playing at home. Indiana has won only one of the last five meetings, with that win coming in the spring of 2002.
The Boilermakers are 8-12 (3-6 Big Ten). Purdue plays Notre Dame on Wednesday, April 21. Prior to that match, Purdue is on a two-match losing streak, most recently against Michigan State, 4-3 and 27th-ranked Michigan, 4-3. Overall, Purdue is 3-10 against the top-75 this spring.
Indiana has an overall series record of 46-2 against Purdue. Indiana has only loss once at home to the Boilermakers. In the last five meetings, Indiana has a 4-1 advantage over Purdue.
Indiana in the Rankings
Indiana continued to be ranked in the ITA top-75 rankings for the 12th-straight week. The Hoosiers enter the week with a 25th 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 travel to Northwestern for the Big Ten Championships on Thursday, April 29 through Sunday, May 2.