Big Ten Championship Notes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's tennis team (14-10, 8-2 Big Ten) will be the No. 2 seed for the Big Ten Championship this weekend (April 28- May 1) 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 p.m. (EDT) in the quarterfinal round.
News & Notes:
***Senior Dominika Walterova and junior Sarah 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. The duo earned its first ITA ranking, 53rd overall, in the latest poll on April 26. Batty is now 24-7 for her three-year career in league doubles play.
***Walterova and Batty 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 had 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.
***With her 25th win of the year against Michigan State on April 24, sophomore Laura McGaffigan reached the 50-win plateau for her career. She has a career mark of 50-23. The Davenport, Iowa, native had a pair of six-match winning streaks this year, and has won five of her last seven contests.
***Sophomore Cecile Perton had four-, five-, and six-match winning streaks this season. She has won eight of her last 10 singles tilts.
***Batty, currently ranked 100th among singles players, has claimed six of seven affairs, with a pair of wins over ranked foes.
Scouting The Opponents:
Michigan (11-10, 6-4 Big Ten) finished in a four-way tie for fourth place in the final Big Ten standings. After a series of tiebreakers, it was determined that the Wolverines would be the No. 7-seed for the league championship.
Senior Michelle DaCosta, ranked 65th in the nation, has played all 19 dual matches at the No. 1 singles position and registered a mark of 10-11. DaCosta forms the top doubles team with sophomore Kara Delicata. The tandem, ranked 21st in the country, is 21-9 overall and 15-5 in dual action this year.
Bitsy Ritt is in her 21st season as the head coach of U-M.
IU has won five of the last seven meetings, including this year's showdown, 4-3, in Bloomington on April 22. The Hoosiers won two of three doubles matches to secure the tandem point, as the teams split the singles contests, en route to the win.
Michigan State (11-11, 1-9 Big Ten) lost nine of its last 10 matches to close the season.
Senior Keri Thompson is 8-13 at the No. 1 singles position, while freshman Christine Bader has registered a slate of 9-11 at the No. 2 slot this spring. The twosome play together as the No. 1 doubles pair and are 10-9 in dual action.
Michigan State head coach Tim Bauer is in his fifth year directing the women's tennis program.
Dating back to the 1990-91 season, the Hoosiers have claimed 15-straight regular-season matches against the Spartans. The Cream and Crimson won this year's meeting, 6-1, on April 24 in Bloomington.
Double Your Pleasure:
Quick starts from the Hoosiers' doubles tandems have been key to earning wins. IU is 12-1 when the No. 1 team wins, 12-2 when No. 2 is victorious and 12-4 when No. 3 earns a conquest.
The Hoosiers honored their lone senior, Dominika Walterova, after the home finale against Michigan State on April 24.
650 And Counting:
Indiana head coach Lin Loring notched his 650th career win as the Hoosiers defeated Butler, 7-0, on Feb. 13. The mentor now carries an all-time mark of 660-230.
Loring, the all-time winningest coach in collegiate women's tennis history, is the only head coach with more than 600 career wins. Loring picked up his 600th victory at IU on Apr. 11, 2004, when the Hoosiers defeated Michigan State, 6-1. He has 618 wins as the head coach at IU while earning 42 victories, in four years, at UC Santa Barbara.
The Cream and Crimson dropped only its second Big Ten road contest in two years when it fell at Iowa on April 17. Indiana had been 4-0 this season away from home, and posted a mark of 5-1 in 2004. The Hoosiers lost their lone match last year, 6-1, at then-No. 6 Northwestern on March 28.
No Sophomore Slump Here:
With a 6-1, 6-1, win over Shawna Zuccarini of Purdue on March 26, sophomore Laura McGaffigan reached the 20-win plateau for the second year in a row. The Davenport, Iowa, native closed her freshman campaign with a mark of 25-12. McGaffigan is 25-11 on the year.
Sophomore Cecile Perton also totaled 20-wins in her second-straight season as a Hoosier. She was 20-12 as a freshman, and is 23-10 on the year.
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