Tran and Batty Advance, Earning All-American Honors
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Athens, Ga. - The 25th-ranked Indiana womens doubles tandem of senior Linda Tran and sophomore Sarah Batty knocked off the ITA 17th-ranked Oklahoma doubles team of Anda Perianu and Heather Saluri in three sets, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 7-5, in the second round of the 2004 NCAA Doubles Championship at the Dan Magill Tennis Center.
By reaching the quarterfinals, Batty and Tran have both earned All-American honors in doubles. This is the first time a Hoosier has been selected an All-American since Deborah Edelman and Rachel Epstein advanced to the quarterfinals in 1993 to earn the honor.
IU head coach Lin Loring was excited for both Batty and Tran for achieving such a prestigious honor.
By winning today, Linda and Sarah have reached the All-American round, Loring said. I am happy for both of them, but especially for Linda. She is a senior and one of the best doubles players Indiana has produced. To be in the Final 8 among some of the best doubles team in the country is an honor.
The Hoosiers jumped out to an early, taking the first set 6-3. The score was even at 3-3 before IU won three-straight games to win the first set. The Oklahoma tandem battled back in the second set to forced it into a tiebreaker. Perianu and Saluri were able to win the set 7-6 (2), and force the match into a third set. Tran and Batty were determined to not let the match slip away, as they battled game for game with the Oklahoma pair in the third set. Batty and Tran broke-serve to go up, 6-5, and Tran served up the Hoosier victory, 7-5.
Tran said that when the match went into the second set all she could think about was not having the same result she did two years ago when she and partner Karie Schlukebir lost in the third set.
In the second set, I began to think about what had happened to Karie (Schlukebir) and I two years ago when we lost to Kentuckys Carolina Mayorga and Sarah Witten in the second round, Tran said. They (Perianu and Saluri) just played better than we did in the second set and hit some good shots. In the third set, we played smart and were able to win.
With the victory, Tran and Batty will face the 23rd-ranked UCLA doubles team of Daniela Bercek and Lauren Fisher in the quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 27 in Athens, Ga.