May 12, 2010
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -
For the 27th time in 33 seasons, Head Coach Lin Loring and his Hoosier Women's Tennis team is headed to the NCAA Tournament. No. 41 Indiana (15-9) is being sent to a Regional hosted by the University of Tennessee, and will face No. 28 Vanderbilt (13-9) in the first round of the 64-team tournament on Friday, May 14.
Complete Match Notes
The Hoosiers are the third-seed in the Tennessee Regional, taking on the second-seeded Commordores. The winner of that match will face the victor of the other Regional contest featuring top-seeded and 14th-ranked Tennessee (16-8) versus fourth-seeded and 66th-ranked Winthrop (16-8).
Indiana's expected singles line-up is 1) Evegeniya Vertesheva, 2) Leslie Hureau, 3) Katya Zapadalova, 4) Lindsey Stuckey, 5) Charlotte Martin, 6) Myriam Sopel while the doubles teams are 1) Stuckey/Vertesheva, 2) Hureau/Sopel, 3) Martin/Zapadalova.
Enters the weekend with 94 career singles wins and 77 doubles victories ... led the team in singles wins as a freshman (27), junior (19) and is currently tied with Evgeniya Vertesheva for the team lead this season with 26 ... when paired with Vertesheva on the doubles court, they rose as high as No. 24 in the national rankings earlier this season ... has really stepped it up as a senior, posting a combined record of 51-21 thus far in 2009-10 (26-10 singles, 25-11, doubles) ... has started every dual match the past two seasons while also getting it done in the classroom, evidenced by her pair of selections to the Academic All-Big Ten squad ... her 6-1, 6-2 besting of Louisville's Robyn White was vital in IU's 4-3 win over the Cardinals in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Championships.
Enters the weekend with 49 total victories, 32 W's in doubles play and 17 on the singles court ... has earned 11 starts in the singles line-up this spring, including four Big Ten matches ... teamed with Alba Berdala to win a doubles flight in the 2008 Hoosier Classic ... started at No. 1 doubles for the final seven dual matches last season, picking up three Big Ten victories ... named an Academic All-Big Ten honoree in 2009 ... began her career with a bang, winning both her singles and doubles flight championships at the Deacon Classic with a combined record of 7-0 ... finished her freshman campaign with a doubles mark of 17-3.Ver
FIVE STRAIGHT HERBERT CUPS
The women's tennis team has won the Adam Herbert Cup award for five consecutive semesters. The Hebert Cup is given to the IU athletic program with the highest team GPA.
"Ramiro (Azcui) and I are really proud of the team," said Head Coach Lin Loring after the fifth straight honor. "The team has different members each year, but we've been able to keep the streak going. We always stress academics and I think it really shows."
The Hoosiers compiled an overall team GPA of 3.59 during the fall semester. In spring of 2009, every single eligible Hoosier women's tennis player was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team (freshman are not eligible).
TWO MATCHES. TWO STATES. ONE DAY.
On January 23, the Hoosiers played two matches in two different states on the same day. Indiana opened the day in Ohio with a 9:30 a.m. match at Miami (OH). They then hopped on the bus and headed to Muncie, Ind., for a 6 p.m. showdown with the Ball State Cardinals. Despite all the travel, Indiana picked up a pair of victories on the day.
A STIFF 1-2 PUNCH FOR THE HOOSIERS
The two newest Hoosiers, freshman Leslie Hureau and sophomore transfer Evegeniya Vertesheva have made an immediate impact in Bloomington, filling the top two slots in the singles line-up for the entire 2009-2010 season. The duo has rotated between No. 1 and No. 2 singles for all 24 dual matches, combing for 29 dual-match victories (51 wins overall) on the singles court.
Each Hoosier owns a `W' over a nationally-ranked opponent this season. Hureau tallied a straight-set triumph over No. 38 Maria Sorbello (Tennessee) 6-3, 7-5, while Vertesheva's big win came over Purdue's Jennifer Rabot (No. 110) 6-4, 6-2.
Their efforts have not gone unnoticed by the conference office, as each were named to the All-Big Ten squad. Hureau and Vertesheva earned two of the 13 spots available on the all-conference squad.
In addition, each has been named the Big Ten Player of the Week once this season. Vertesheva snagged the weekly honor back on Jan. 26 after posting an overall record of 4-0 and leading Indiana to a pair of victories over Miami (OH) and Ball State. Hureau's weekly accolade came after her 4-0 weekend and two team wins over No. 10 Tennesee and Kentucky.
After guiding his Hoosiers to the doubles point and winning five of six singles matches against Purdue on April 3, Head Coach Lin Loring improved his career record against the arch-rival Boilermakers to 42-1 over the past 33 years.