April 25, 2007
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana travels to host Minnesota as the second seed in the Big Ten Championship after finishing second in the regular season standings. The Hoosiers earned a first-round bye and will take on the winner of the Minnesota and Illinois match (held Thursday, April 26) at 2 p.m. CT on Friday, April 27, in their first match.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 27 Indiana clinched second place in the Big Ten standings with a 6-1 win over Penn State on Saturday, April 21, and a 5-2 upset of No. 25 Michigan, Sunday, April 22.
Indiana travels to host Minnesota as the second seed in the Big Ten Championship after finishing second in the regular season standings. The Hoosiers earned a first-round bye and will take on the winner of the Minnesota and Illinois match (held Thursday, April 26) at 2 p.m. CT on Friday, April 27, in their first game.
The title match will be held on Sunday, April 29. Northwestern, the No. 1 seed and the only team that defeated Indiana in Big Ten play this season, will be looking for its ninth consecutive Big Ten Championship. The winner receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship.
HOOSIERS RANKED IN ITA POLL
The Hoosiers are ranked 25th in the latest ITA FILA Collegiate Rankings of the season, released April 24. It is their highest ranking of the season. Indiana began the year ranked 43rd. Indiana is one of seven Big Ten teams ranked in the poll. Northwestern, ranked No. 5, leads all Big Ten teams in the poll.
MCGAFFIGAN AND BERDALA UPSET RANKED OPPONENTS, EARN RANKING
Senior Laura McGaffigan and sophomore Alba Berdala scored the biggest upset victory of the year when they defeated No. 13 Georgia Rose and Alexis Prousis on April 8, handing the Northwestern duo its first loss in Big Ten play this season. Two matches later, McGaffigan and Berdala upset 45th-ranked Brooke Beier and Mallory Voelker of Purdue, 8-6, on April 15. They earned a ranking of 60th in the latest ITA doubles poll, released April 24.
20 WIN SEASONS
Four IU student-athletes have reached 20 wins this season. Laura McGaffigan became the latest Hoosier to reach 20 wins, on April 14. Sophomore Sigrid Fischer got her 20th win against Northwestern on April 8. Senior Cecile Perton reached the mark against Ohio State on April 4, while freshman Lindsey Stuckey earned her 20th victory on March 25 against Minnesota.
Indiana's biggest win as a team came against No. 21 Kentucky. With the Hoosiers ranked 29th, the team took the doubles point, then won four of the six singles matches to clinch a 5-2 victory. McGaffigan, sophomore Sigrid Fischer, senior Cecile Perton and freshman Lindsey Stuckey all won in singles.
Finishing the year with a 9-1 record, Indiana earned its best Big Ten record since the 2004 season (also 9-1), when it shared the regular season title.
The Hoosiers started the conference schedule 5-0. The last time that Indiana started the conference campaign 5-0 was in 1995. Indiana was 13-0 in conference play that season.
LORING IN 30TH SEASON AS HOOSIER COACH
Head coach Lin Loring, who leads the NCAA in women's tennis victories, is in his 30th season at IU. He is one of just six coaches who have coached at Indiana for 30 years or more. The other five are Sam Bell (track, 30 years, 1969-98), Jerry Yeagley (men's soccer, 31 years, 1973-2003), Hobie Billingsley (diving, 31 years, 1959-89), James `Doc' Counsilman (swimming, 33 years, 1957-90), and Bob Fitch (men's golf, 33 years, 1957-89).
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Seniors Cecile Perton and Laura McGaffigan are serving as team captains for the 2006-07 campaign.