The Indiana dou of senior Linda Tran and sophomore Sarah Batty became the 21st IU womens doubles team to be selected for the NCAA doubles championship. The team will take part in a single elimination tournament featuring 32 of the top doubles teams in the nation. The scoring will be the best out of three sets, which is different from the eigth-game pro set format used in dual matches. The doubles tournament will be played on the campus of the University of Georgia in Athens, Ga., May 25-29.
Junior Dora Vastag has been selected as an alternate for the singles championship. If selected, she will take part in a single elimination tournament featuring 64 of the nations top singles players. The scoring will the best out of three sets. The singles tournament is set to begin on May 24 and conlude with the championship final on May 29, also in Athens, Ga.
Monday, May 24
10 a.m. Singles Tournament First Round
Tuesday, May 25
10 a.m. Singles Second Round and Doubles Tournament First Round
Wednesday, May 26
10 a.m. Singles Round of 16 and Doubles Round of 16
Thursday, May 27
1 p.m. Singles Quarterfinals followed by Doubles Quarterfinals
Friday, May 28
1 p.m. Singles Semifinals followed by Doubles Semifinals
Saturday, May 29
1 p.m. Singles Final followed by Doubles Final
Hoosiers To Watch
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 14-10, and 19-12 overall.
Her 14 victories include four over NCAA participants. She knocked off current 37th-ranked Tammy Encina of Tennessee, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. 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.
Five of her 10 losses this spring came against opponents selected to the singles championships and 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. In NCAA Regional action, Vastag fell to 11th-ranked Dianne Hollands of Arizona, 6-0, 6-1.
Tran and Batty move up in the doubles rankings to 25th. The duo is 12-3 overall and 9-1 in the Big Ten. Only one of the tandems three losses came against a NCAA participant. The fifth-ranked team of Dianne Hollands and Maja Mlakar of Arizona defeated the duo, 8-5, in the NCAA Regional. Their wins include three over doubles championship selections, 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).
How The Players Fared
Linda Tran is the only Hoosier who has NCAA Tournament experience. Tran participated in the 2002 NCAA Doubles Championship with partner Karie Schlukebir. Here is how the tandem fared in 2002 NCAA Tournament matches.
In their first round match against 20th-ranked Raquel Kops-Jones and Jody Scheldt of California, Schlukebir and Tran cruised to a one set advantage. They downed the Cal tandem in the first set 6-1. The second set was a bit more heated though as the pairs had to go to a tie-breaker before the Indiana duo sent Cal packing with a 7-6 (4) win.
In the second round of the tournament, the Hoosier pair jumped out to an early lead, but fell to the fourth-seeded tandem of Carolina Mayorga and Sarah Witten from Kentucky.
In the crucial third set, Mayorga and Witten broke the Hoosier duo to take a 3-1 advantage. The Wildcat duo held on from there for a 6-4 third set victory.
Schlukebir and Tran took the first set from the Kentucky duo, 6-3. The IU pair appeared poised to take the match, as they jumped out to an early 4-2 lead, but the Wildcats fought back and broke to even it at four. The Cats duo broke Schlukebir and Tran once again and took the second set, 7-5.