Tran and Batty Upset the No. 3 Seed to Advance to the Round of 16
Athens, Ga. - The 25th-ranked Indiana womens doubles tandem of senior Linda Tran and sophomore Sarah Batty knocked off third-seeded and ITA ninth-ranked Amanda Johnson and Tory Zawacki of Duke in three sets, 6-7, 6-2, 6-1, in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Doubles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Center.
According to IU head coach Lin Loring, Batty and Tran played a methodical match.
We knew Duke was going to play power-ball, Loring said. We knew we had a good chance to win if we could hit four or five shots each point. We made them play a lot of balls and eventually beat themselves.
The Hoosiers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first set, before Duke won the next three games. IU evened the score at 4-4, and then took the advantage 6-5, but Duke was able to even the score at 6-6. The Hoosiers were up 5-3 in the tiebreaker before Duke won the next four points to take the set, 7-6.
Tran and Batty were determined to not let the match slip away, as they cruised in the next two sets. The Indiana duo took the second and third set, 6-2, 6-1.
Tran said that the tone for the match was set early.
Going into the match, we knew it was a winnable match from seeing them earlier in the season, Tran said. We had practiced well all week. The first set was really the difference. I wasnt returning shots very well, and Sarah was playing great. In the second and third set, we played smarter and wore the Duke team down.
This marks Trans second win in the NCAA Doubles Championship as she and former partner Karie Schlukebir picked up a first round win in the 2002, championship.
With the victory, Tran and Batty will face the 17th-ranked Oklahoma doubles team of Anda Perianu and Heather Saluri in the round of 16 at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26 in Athens, Ga.