Hoosiers Travel To Ann Arbor For Big Ten Championships
April 26, 2000 Hoosiers Travel To Ann Arbor For Big Ten Championships
ON TAP...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 quarterfinals. On Friday, the quarterfinals will take place, with semifinals taking place on Saturday and the finals on Sunday. Indiana will face Michigan State at 2 p.m. (E.D.T) on Thursday. Indiana picked up a win over Michigan State (2-14, 0-10 Big Ten) this year after the Spartans forfeited the match due to injury. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series 32-0. If the Hoosiers win, they will then play 17th-ranked Northwestern on Friday at 2 p.m. (E.D.T.). The Hoosiers lost to Northwestern 5-2 in Evanston, Illinois on March 25. The Hoosiers lead the all-time series with a 27-10 record.
HEAD COACH LIN LORING ABOUT THE WEEKEND.. "I think the tournament is wide open. There are five or six teams that have a chance to win it. We certainly are capable of winning it, if we can get enough players healthy for back-to-back matches. That has been our problem for the last month I think that we will win our first round match (against Michigan State). The No. 3 seed Northwestern is by far the best team in the tournament. They took a couple of losses when they had a couple of players out. They have everyone back in their lineup now. We will have to put everyone in the lineup to go against them and if we win that match I do not know what we will have left for the next day. It should be one of the most interesting tournaments in the last few years, because there are so many teams that actually have a chance to win it."
HOOSIERS DROP MATCH...The women's tennis team rested four of its regular singles starters and barely lost to #36 Minnesota 5-2 on Saturday. The Hoosiers won the doubles point to begin the day, by using three new doubles teams. The singles were close as the Hoosiers took three matches into a third-set with Jessica Anderson winning the only one.
LAST YEAR AT THE BIG TEN'S...The Hoosiers reached the quarterfinals of last year's Big Ten Championships. Indiana opened with a 4-0 shutout against Michigan State, before losing a close match to Wisconsin 4-3.
IN THE RANKINGS...The women's tennis team moved down one spot this week to 44th...the Hoosiers are ranked 7th in the Midwest Region...Senior Jessica Anderson and Junior Kelly Blanch are ranked 37th 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 7-10 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, #36 Minnesota, #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 past Jenny Snyder for 13th on the all-time singles victory list with 106. She needs only one more doubles victory for 90 in her career.
AHAMED WINS 90TH...Senior Zahra Ahamed has battled injuries all year that have kept her out of the doubles lineup. In her final home match as a Hoosiers, Ahamed played in her first doubles match since February 6 and picked up her 90th career doubles victory. In singles, she has come on strong lately winning her last two matches.
REBOUNDING WITH A VENGENCE...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.
STEPPING UP...Junior Jennifer His has quietly had a great season for the Hoosiers. She is currently tied for the team lead in Big Ten doubles victories with seven. She has also stepped in the singles lineup, because of injury and has posted a record of 2-1 in the last two weekends.
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 14-8.
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 8-7 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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