Women's Tennis Travels To Texas For NCAA Tournament
May 10, 2000 Women's Tennis Travels To Texas For NCAA Tournament
ON TAP...Indiana will travel to Austin, Texas for the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers (14-11, 6-4) will begin their bid for the title with a match against 19th-ranked Baylor at 2 p.m. The winner of that match will face the winner of match between 8th-ranked Texas and Texas-Arlington on Sunday at noon for a bid into the 16-team NCAA Championship field in Malibu, California from May 18-21.
NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS...The final 16 teams in this year's NCAA Men's Tournament field will travel to Malibu, California from May 18-21 to compete for the title.
SCOUTING BAYLOR...The 19th-ranked Bears come into the match with a 21-14 record. Baylor lost to 8th-ranked Texas 5-0 in the finals of the Big 12 Championships on April 30 in Lawrence, Kansas. This will be the first meeting between the Hoosiers and the Bears.
SCOUTING TEXAS...The 8th-ranked Longhorns come into this weekend with a 22-5 record. Texas defeated to 19th-ranked Baylor 5-0 in the finals of the Big 12 Championships on April 30 in Lawrence, Kansas. The Hoosiers have gone 1-6 in the all-time series against Texas.
SCOUTING TEXAS-ARLINGTON...The Lady Mavericks come into this weekend with a 17-4 record. Texas-Arlington defeated Texas-San Antonio 5-0 to win the SLC Championship and receive the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers have never faced Texas-Arlington.
HEAD COACH LIN LORING ON THE NCAA'S.. "We are really excited about going to Austin. The team went through a lot this year and it is nice compliment to them that they are still considered one of the top teams in the country. Baylor is a really good team. We know that we are going to be the underdogs, because we are still going to have people out of the lineup. We are still really looking forward to the NCAA Tournament and we are really excited about Kelly (Blanch) and Jessica (Anderson) reaching the doubles field and being able to go to Pepperdine in a week and a half."
HOOSIER PAIR MAKE DOUBLES DRAW...The Hoosiers will send the 35th-ranked doubles team of senior Jessica Anderson and sophomore Kelly Blanch to Malibu, California to take part in the NCAA Doubles Championship from May 22-26.
RECAPPING THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS...The Hoosiers travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan for the 2000 Big Ten Championships from April 27-30. Indiana opened with a 4-0 victory over Michigan State on April 27. The Hoosiers were then shutout 4-0 by the eventual tournament winner, 17th-ranked Northwestern, in the quarterfinals.
IN THE RANKINGS...The women's tennis team moved down four spots this week to 49th...the Hoosiers are ranked 7th in the Midwest Region...Senior Jessica Anderson and Junior Kelly Blanch are ranked 35th nationally in doubles. They are also ranked 8th in the region...Blanch is ranked #20 in singles in the Midwest Region, while Anderson is ranked 8th.
AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS...Indiana has faced a ranked opponent in 18 matches this season and has posted a record of 7-11 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, #17 Northwestern (twice), #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 21-13 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. She is currently 5-1 in dual doubles matches and 6-6 in dual singles 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 12-8 in dual matches this season and an overall record of 20-10.
FABULOUS FRESHMAN...Jessica Levin has been hampered by injuries in the last month, but has had a strong freshman year. She is currently 12-6 in dual matches and a 20-13 overall going into the weekend. Levin has also proved to be a solid doubles competitor by posting an overall 24-9 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 3-5 record. She has also seen time at the No. 3 and No. 5 positions and has an overall dual record of 14-9.
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. 5 and No. 6 singles spots. After playing in only one singles dual match a year ago, Wallihan has posted a 8-7 dual record and a 13-8 overall record this year. She also leads the team with 15 dual doubles victories.
STEPPING IN...Junior Jennifer Hsia has made a solid impact for the Hoosiers this year. She has been in the starting doubles lineup all year and has posted a record of 11-7 playing with Amanda Field for most of the year. She has also stepped in the singles lineup at times during the season and has posted a 5-4 record.
HEAD COACH LIN LORING...is currently in his 23rd 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 545-156,
while accumulating a 265-35 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 587-173 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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