Hoosiers Bow Out of Tournament with Loss to Michigan
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Champaign, Ill.- In a match that was delayed by rain, the Indiana women's tennis team's season came to an end with a 4-2 loss to seventh-seed Michigan in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana is now 53-9 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament. The Wolverines were able to beat the Hoosiers for the second time this season.
The Hoosiers won the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots. Indiana took the No. 2 position as junior Linda Tran and sophomore Dominika Walterova downed Chrissie Nolan and Debra Streifler, 8-3. The win improved the teams' record to 10-2. The victory was also Tran's 91st in doubles and moved her into a tie with Zahra Ahamed for fifth on Indiana's career doubles' wins list.
Michigan came back to even it at one with an 8-5 win at the No. 3 doubles position. Junior Martina Grimm and freshman Sarah Batty clinched the point for Indiana with an 8-6 win at No. 1 over Michelle DaCosta and Leanne Rutherford. The win upped the duo's mark to 22-11 overall as they have won their third straight match.
The Wolverines came back like they did in Bloomington on April 6 and won the first singles match off the court, this time at the No. 6 position. Batty once again put the Hoosiers on top with a straight sets win at No. 2 singles. She downed Nolan for the second time this season, 6-1, 6-1. The win upped her freshman record to 19-20 on the year.
Michigan responded with wins at No. 5 singles and then No. 1 singles to take its first lead of the match at 3-2. Kavitha Tipireni clinched the match for Michigan with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Walterova at the No. 4 position. The No. 3 singles match up between Grimm and Rutherford was abandoned with Rutherford leading in the second set.
The loss ends the Hoosiers season at 9-17. The Hoosiers were forced to play the match without junior Karie Schlukebir, who was in Santa Monica, California at the John Wayne Cancer Institute receiving treatment.