May 9, 2007
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana women's tennis team travels to Evanston, Ill., for the NCAA Regional Tournament. Action begins on Friday, May 11, against Boise State.
LAST TIME OUT
No. 25 Indiana went 1-1 at the Big Ten Championship on April 27-28. The seventh-seeded Hoosiers downed No. 60 Minnesota, 4-2, in the quarterfinals, then fell to No. 26 Michigan, 4-2, in the semifinals.
THE REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Indiana opens the round of 64 against No. 43 Boise State on Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m. CT, in Evanston, Ill. The winner moves on to face the winner of No. 5 Northwestern and No. 63 Western Michigan on Saturday, May 12, at noon CT.
The Hoosiers faced both Northwestern and Western Michigan this season. Indiana defeated the Broncos, 5-2, on Jan. 14, while falling to the Wildcats, 5-2, on April 8.
INDIANA IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
Indiana is making its 25th appearance in the NCAA Championship. The Hoosiers have appeared in 24 of the 29 NCAA Championships.
Before the NCAA began sponsoring women's championships, Indiana won the AIAW title in 1982. The Hoosier women remain the only Indiana women's team to win a national championship.
MCGAFFIGAN, BERDALA NAMED ALL-BIG TEN, LORING COACH OF THE YEAR
Senior Laura McGaffigan and sophomore Alba Berdala were both named to the All-Big Ten team prior to the Big Ten Championship. Head coach Lin Loring was recognized as the Big Ten Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career.
In addition, senior Cecile Perton was named as Indiana's sportsmanship award nominee.
HOOSIERS REACH 20 WINS
With a 4-2 victory against Minnesota at the Big Ten Championship, Indiana earned its 20th win of the season. The last time Indiana won 20 games in a season was back in 1995, when the Hoosiers finished the season 24-7.
HOOSIERS RANKED IN ITA POLL
The Hoosiers are ranked 24th in the latest ITA FILA Collegiate Rankings of the season, released April 30. It is their highest ranking of the season. Indiana began the year ranked 43rd.
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 were ranked as high as 55th in the ITA doubles poll on April 17.
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.
Sophomore Alba Berdala needs just one more victory to reach 20 for the year.
LORING NEARS 700 WINS
Head coach Lin Loring is just three victories away from 700. Loring is the winningest coach in the history of women's tennis at the collegiate level.
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, 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).