The 21st-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (17-7) will travel to Los Angeles, Calif. for the NCAA Regional hosted by the University of Southern California May 14-15 at the Marks Tennis Stadium. The Hoosiers will battle the 41st-ranked Arizona Wildcats (6-12) in the first match up at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 14, while the NCAA eighth-seeded and ITA sixth-ranked USC Trojans (16-6) will square off with the American University Eagles (16-8) in the other match up at 1 p.m.
The winners of each match will face off in the regional championship on Saturday, May 15 at 3 p.m., with the winner advancing to the NCAA Round of 16 to be held in Athens, Ga., May 20-23.
Friday, May 14
IU vs. Arizona @ 9 a.m.
USC vs. American @ 1 p.m.
Saturday, May 15
Regional Championship @ 3 p.m.
All Times are PST
Who To Watch
Look no further than the Cream and Crimson. When the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) released its team rankings on May 3, the Hoosiers remained in the top-25, ranked 21st.
When the national player rankings came out May 3, three Indiana womens players were recognized. Senior Linda Tran, junior Dora Vastag and sophomore Sarah Batty each rank among the best in the nation.
Vastag improved in the singles rankings to 52nd. Her record this spring is 14-9, and 19-11 overall.
Her 14 victories include knocking off current 37th-ranked Tammy Encina of Tennessee, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Against Arizona State, she knocked off current 95th-ranked Joslynn Burkett, 6-4, 6-4. When Indiana faced Kentucky, Vastag defeated currently 16th-ranked Aibika Kalsarieva in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4. She captured victory against 59th-ranked Paty Aburto of TCU, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. Against 73rd-ranked Katie McGaffigan of Wisconsin, she defeated her 2-6, 7-6, 6-1, then against 110th-ranked Meg Racette of Iowa, she downed her, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 in the regular season and 6-4, 6-3 in the Big Ten Championships.
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 where she ended up falling, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. Then against Notre Dame, she fell to now 22nd-ranked Alicia Salas, 6-0, 6-2. Against 20th-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.
Tran and Batty move up in the doubles rankings to 25th. The duo is 12-2 overall and 9-1 in the Big Ten. The tandems only two losses came against the 28th-ranked team of Saber Pierce and Ana Cetnik of TCU, 8-0 and 60th-ranked Meg Racette and Hillary Mintz of Iowa, 8-5, in the Big Ten Championship. Their wins include a win over 42nd-ranked Katie McGaffigan and Lindsay Martin of Wisconsin, 8-4, and 41st-ranked Michelle DaCosta and Kara Delicata of Michigan, 8-3. The duos most recent win came when they downed the 15th-ranked team of Jennifer McGaffigan and Cynthya Goulet, 8-7 (2).
Arizona is ranked 41st as a team, and has one ranked singles player and one ranked doubles team.
Dianne Hollands is ranked 11th with an overall record of 27-11.
The doubles team of Maja Mlakar and Dianne Hollands is ranked fifth with an overall record of 17-7.
The Wildcats have racked up a 6-12 record overall on their way to a 41st-ranking in the nation. Arizona finished the regular season at 2-6 in Pac-10 Conference play. Arizona is 1-4 when playing on the road this spring. Most recently, Arizona won its final regular season match. Arizona downed Arizona State, 4-3.
Indiana and Arizona have have only one common opponent this season, Arizona State. Arizona defeated the Sun Devils on both occasions this spring, 5-2 and 4-3. Indiana, on the other hand, dropped its match to Arizona State, 5-2.
Inside The Series
Indiana and Arizona have only met four times with the Wildcats taking a 3-1 advantage in the series.
The two teams last met during the 1992 season. Arizona took the match 8-1 from the Hoosiers in ITCA National Indoor Championships in Madison, Wis.
Against other teams in the regional, The Hoosiers have never faced American, and Southern California has a 5-2 advantage against Indiana.
Tournament Bound Again
The Hoosiers are making their 21st appearance in the National Championship Tournament in the last 26 years.
The last time Indiana appeared at the Regionals was in 2002 where the Hoosiers fell to Auburn, 4-3.
Duo Headed to Athens
The Hoosier duo of senior Linda Tran and sophomore Sarah Batty became the 21st Hoosier team to be selected for the NCAA Doubles Championships. The pair will take part in the 32-team tournament on May 24-29 in Athens, Ga. Tran and Batty own a 12-2 record and are ranked 25th by the ITA.
Junior Dora Vastag has the possibility of also traveling to Athens, Ga. Vastag is the third alternate in the Singles Championship. Vastag has an 14-9 dual record and 19-11 overall record.
How The Players Fared
Four Hoosiers have NCAA Tournament experience from 2001 and 2002. Here is how they fared in their NCAA Tournament matches.
2002 - No. 3 singles defeated Carolina Ramirez of Auburn; 6-0, 6-1
2001 - No. 3 singles vs. Ana Maria Moura of Washington State; suspended
2002 - No. 4 singles lost to Carolina Maurer of Auburn; 6-3, 6-1
2001 - No. 5 singles lost to Tamara Filipovic of Washington State; 6-1, 6-2
2002 - No. 6 singles lost to Sarah Suiter of Auburn; 7-5, 6-1
2001 - No. 6 singles lost to Lorena Arias of Washington State; 6-1, 6-1
2002 - No. 5 singles lost to Liz Sauerborn of Auburn; 6-4, 6-4
Karie Schlukebir/Linda Tran
2002 - No. 1 doubles defeated Illarionova/Suiter of Auburn; 8-0
2001 - No. 2 doubles defeated Perkins/Filipovic of Washington State; 8-3
Things Were Tough
Indiana had a tough schedule this year. The Hoosiers ended the regular season having faced 14 opponents ranked in the current ITA Rankings. Seven of those opponents are currently in the top-25, and eight of Indianas matches against ranked opponents were be played on the road. On the season, the Hoosiers were 4-5 when playing an opponent ranked in the top-25 at the time of the match.
Taking Home Big Ten Hardware
Senior Linda Tran and junior Dora Vastag were selected to the All-Big Ten Team.
Tran, from Grand Rapids, Mich., played at the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles position. Tran is 10-12 this spring with a 6-5 record in the conference in singles, and 17-7 overall and 9-2 in the conference in doubles. Tran and doubles partner Sarah Batty are currently ranked 25th by the ITA. Her statistics include a career 72-61 record in singles match-ups and an overall record of 121-39 in doubles.
Vastag, from Okemos, Mich., played at the No. 1 singles and No. 2 doubles position. In her first season in Bloomington, she finished with a singles record of 19-11, along with going 6-5 in conference matches. She also went 23-13 in doubles with a 6-5 mark in Big Ten play. Vastag is currently ranked 52nd in the ITA Rankings for singles.