Women's Tennis

    Indiana Travels to Big Ten Championships (4/28/04)

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    News Update

    April 28, 2004

    Indiana Heads to Big Ten Championships

    This Week

    The 21st-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (17-6, 9-1 Big Ten) will be the No. 2 seed in the 2004 Big Ten Championships. The Championships will be held April 29-May 2 at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill. Nothwestern is hosting the championships.

    The Hoosiers will receive a first round bye and will take on the winner of the No. 7 seed, 40th-ranked Iowa vs. No. 10 seed Minnesota match in the second round at 2 p.m. The winner of that match will than advance to battle the winner of the No. 3, 20th-ranked Illinois vs. No. 6, 49th-ranked Ohio State/No. 11 seed Penn State.

    Things Get Tough

    Indiana has a tough schedule this year. The Hoosiers face 15 ranked opponents this season. Seven of those opponents are currently in the top-25, and nine of Indiana’s matches against ranked opponents will be played on the road. On the season, the Hoosiers are 4-5 when playing an opponent ranked in the top-25 at the time of the match.

    Who To Watch

    Look no further than the Cream and Crimson. When the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its team rankings on April 27, the Hoosiers moved up in the top-25, ranked 21st.

    When the national player rankings came out on April 27, three Indiana women’s players were recognized. Senior Linda Tran, junior Dora Vastag and sophomore Sarah Batty all remained ranked among the best in the nation.

    Vastag slipped in the singles rankings to 59th. Her record this spring is 13-9, and 18-11 overall.

    Her 13 victories include knocking off current 38th-ranked Tammy Encina of Tennessee, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Against Arizona State, she knocked off current 93rd-ranked Joslynn Burkett, 6-4, 6-4. When Indiana faced Kentucky, Vastag defeated currently 18th-ranked Aibika Kalsarieva in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. She captured victory against 52nd-ranked Paty Aburto of TCU, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Vastag upended 96th-ranked Katie McGaffigan of Wisconsin, 2-6, 7-6, 6-1, then against 106th-ranked Meg Racette of Iowa, she downed her, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. Her latest win came against 123rd-ranked Hala Sufi of Purdue, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.

    Four of her nine losses this spring came against opponents ranked in the top-25. In a hard-fought match against current eighth-ranked Amanda Johnson of Duke, she was able to force the match into a third set before falling, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Then against Notre Dame, she fell to now 23rd-ranked Alicia Salas, 6-0, 6-2. Against 22nd-ranked Jessica Roland of Texas A&M, she fell 6-3, 6-0. Against third-ranked Cristelle Grier of Northwestern, she dropped the match 6-1, 6-1. Vastag fell to 49th-ranked Michelle DaCosta of Michigan, 7-5, 6-1. Then against 61st-ranked Angela Buergis of Minnesota, she dropped the match 6-3, 6-2. Her latest defeat was to Illinois’ Jennifer McGaffigan, ranked 36th, 4-6, 7-6 1-0 (4).

    Tran and Batty move up in the doubles rankings to 26th. The duo is 12-1 overall and 9-0 in the Big Ten. The duos only loss came against the 28th-ranked team of Saber Pierce and Ana Cetnik of TCU, 8-0. Their wins include a win over 57th-ranked Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin of Wisconsin, 8-4, and 38th-ranked Michelle DaCosta and Kara Delicata of Michigan, 8-3. Most recently, the duo downed the 14th-ranked Jennifer McGaffigan and Cynthya Goulet of Illinois, 8-7 (2).

    Iowa is ranked 40th as a team, and has one ranked singles player.

    Meg Racette is ranked 106th with a record of 12-8 this spring, 5-5 Big Ten.

    Minnesota is not ranked in the team rankings, but has one ranked singles player.

    Angela Buergis is ranked 61st with a dual record of 15-6, 7-3 in the Big Ten.

    Scouting Iowa

    The 40th-ranked Hawkeyes have racked up a 12-8 record overall. Iowa finished the regular season at 5-5 in Big Ten Conference play. Iowa is 6-7 when playing on the road this spring. Most recently, Iowa split it final regular season Big Ten matches. Against 49th-ranked Ohio State the Hawkeyes fell,
    5-2, and then picked up a win over Penn State State, 6-1.

    Aside from Big Ten opponents, Indiana and Iowa have two common opponents this season including Marquette and Notre Dame. Both schools went 1-1 against the group, picking up wins against Marquette.

    The Hoosiers won the matchup between the two teams this season, 7-0, in Iowa City, handing the Hawkeyes their only loss at home.

    Indiana - 7, Iowa - 0
    Singles
    1) Dora Vastag def. Meg Racette (Iowa); 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
    2) Linda Tran def. Hillary Mintz (Iowa); 3-6, 6-2, 7-5
    3) Sarah Batty def. Chelsea Glynn (Iowa); 6-4, 7-6 (3)
    4) Laura McGaffigan def. Anastasia Zhukova (Iowa); 6-3, 6-4
    5) Karie Schlukebir def. Deni Alexandrova (Iowa); 6-0, 6-0
    6) Cecile Perton def. Hilary Tyler (Iowa); 6-0, 1-6, 7-6 (7)
    Doubles
    1) Batty/Tran def. Racette/Mintz (Iowa); 8-5
    2) Alexandrova/Zhukova (Iowa) def. Vastag/McGaffigan; 8-4
    3) Grimm/Schlukebir def. Glynn/Tyler (Iowa); 8-4

    IU-Iowa Series

    The two teams have had 39 meetings, with Indiana leading the overall series 25-4. When Indiana and Iowa have met in the Big Ten Championships, the Hoosiers have a 2-0 advantage.

    Scouting Minnesota

    The Golden Gophers closed out the regular season with a record of 3-18 overall and 1-9 in the Big Ten. Minnesota’s only Big Ten win came against Penn State, 4-3.

    Indiana won the regular season matchup between the two teams, 6-1, in Minneapolis.

    Indiana- 6, Minnesota- 1
    Singles
    1) Angela Buergis (MN) def. Dora Vastag; 6-3, 6-2
    2) Linda Tran def. Nischela Reddy (MN), 6-2, 7-6 (8)
    3) Sarah Batty def. Lindsay Risebrough (MN), 6-2, 6-4
    4) Laura McGaffigan def. Ida Malmberg (MN), 6-3, 6-1
    5) Karie Schlukebir def. Emily Bezek (MN), 6-0, 6-0
    6) Cecile Perton def. Megan Steiger (MN), 6-0, 6-0
    Doubles
    1) Tran/Batty def. # 51 Buergis/Reddy (MN), 9-8 (6)
    2) McGaffigan/Vastag def. Malmberg/Risebrough (MN),
    8-4
    3) Schlukebir/Martina Grimm def. Bezek/Shelby Rohrer (MN), 8-0

    IU-Minnesota Series

    Indiana and Minnesota have met 29 times in the past with Indiana holding a 24-5 advantage. Indiana holds a 3-0 lead when the two teams have met in the Big Ten Championships.

    Big Ten Tournament Numbers

    The Hoosiers are 53-9 all-time in the Big Ten Tournament, including 14 Big Ten Championships. Here is a look at how the Hoosiers match up against each Big Ten team in the tournament all-time:

    Iowa 2-0
    1988 W 9-0
    1983 W 6-0

    Illinois 4-0
    1989 W 6-0
    1987 W 8-1
    1984 W 8-1
    1982 W 9-0

    Michigan 4-2
    2003 L 5-2
    1998 W 4-0
    1997 L 4-1
    1994 W 5-2
    1984 W 5-4
    1991 W 6-3

    Michigan State 6-0
    2000 W 4-0
    1999 W 4-0
    1988 W 9-0
    1985 W 8-1
    1982 W 9-0
    1981 W 6-0

    Minnesota 5-0
    1995 W 5-1
    1994 W 5-1
    1993 W 5-0
    1989 W 5-1
    1986 W 8-1

    Northwestern 12-3
    2000 L 4-0
    1998 W 4-1
    1996 L 4-0
    1995 W 5-1
    1994 W 5-2
    1993 W 5-0
    1992 W 5-0
    1991 W 5-1
    1990 W 6-0
    1987 W 7-2
    1985 L 8-1
    1984 W 5-4
    1983 W 5-4
    1982 W 8-1
    1981 W 7-2

    Ohio State 1-0
    1992 W 5-0

    Penn State 3-1
    2002 W 4-1
    2001 L 4-2
    1998 W 5-0
    1997 W 4-0

    Purdue 6-0
    1998 W 4-3
    1996 W 4-3
    1995 W 5-1
    1991 W 6-0
    1990 W 6-0
    1986 W 8-1

    Wisconsin 10-3
    2002 L 4-2
    1999 L 4-3
    1997 W 4-1
    1993 W 5-0
    1992 W 5-0
    1991 W 5-4
    1990 W 5-3
    1989 W 5-1
    1988 W 6-3
    1987 W 7-2
    1986 L 5-4
    1985 W 7-2
    1983 W 7-1

    Indiana in the Rankings

    Indiana continued to be ranked in the ITA top-75 rankings for the 13th-straight week. The Hoosiers enter the week with a 21st overall ranking.

    Around the Big Ten

    The Big Ten Conference is well represented in the ITA rankings with eight out of 11 teams among the top 75.

    What’s Next?

    The Hoosiers will learn on Wednesday, May 5 if they have been one of 64 teams selected to participate in the NCAA Regional Tournament. Regionals will be held Friday, May 14 through Saturday, May 16 at 16 regional campus locations. The winners of the regional tournaments will then advance to the NCAA Finals hosted by the University of Georgia at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Georgia, on May 20-29.



     

     


       

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