Batty-Walterova Earn Ranking
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's tennis team moved up from 40th to 34th in the nation, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I Poll released on April 26. Senior Dominika Walterova and junior Sarah Batty received their first-ever doubles standing at 53rd in the country. Batty also rests 100th among singles players.
Stanford retained the top spot with a 104.4 average. Florida is second (95.0), followed by Kentucky (89.9), Georgia Tech (88.57) and regular-season Big Ten champion Northwestern (86.19)
The Hoosiers are ranked second among all Big Ten squads with a mark of 23.36, while Wisconsin is third (38th place) at 20.65 and Michigan posted an average of 18.62, for 40th overall.
Walterova and Batty closed the year with a 9-1 mark in Big Ten play after an 8-4 win over Christine Bader and Keri Thompson of Michigan State on April 24. Batty is now 24-7 for her three-year career in league doubles play.
The duo bested Michigan's Kara Delicata and Michelle DaCosta, then-ranked 26th in the nation, 8-4, on April 22. It was the first ranked team that the IU duo has beaten. Ironically, Batty and current Indiana student assistant and former All-American Linda Tran defeated Delicata and DaCosta, 8-3, on April 10, 2004. The Michigan pair was ranked 26th at the time of last year's meeting.
Batty has claimed six of seven affairs, with a pair of wins over ranked foes. She closed the season with a 19-9 overall mark and a 16-8 slate in dual matches.
The Cream and Crimson (14-10, 8-2 Big Ten) will be the No. 2 seed for the Big Ten Championship this weekend at the MSU Tennis Center in East Lansing, Mich. The Hoosiers received a first-round bye and will face the winner of the No. 7 Michigan (11-10, 6-4) versus No. 10 Michigan State (11-11, 1-9) contest on Friday, April 29, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT) in the quarterfinal round.
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