The Indiana womens tennis team opens its fall tournament season this weekend when it travels to Kalamazoo, Mich. for the Bronco Invitational.
Ball State, Illinois, Marquette, Western Michigan, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan players will all compete in the tournament.
Whats a Tournament Match?
The fall season is a series of tournaments that are not scored as team events, rather as individual matches only.
Fall tournament season differs from the spring dual match play in that matches are scored as team events.
Who To Watch
Look no further than the Cream and Crimson, as the doubles tandem Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran enters Fridays action as the 28th-ranked doubles team in the nation according to the ITA preseason poll.
During the summer, the duo went to the finals of the ITA Summer Nationals, where they fell to the Kendall Cline of North Carolina and Texas Kendra Strohm.
The other ranked doubles team competing this weekend is Illinois Jennifer McGaffigan and Cynthia Goulet, who are ranked 31st.
Singles players who are nationally-ranked competing are Illinois Jennifer McGaffigan, No. 44 and Tiffany Eklov No. 57, along with Western Michigans Frederika Girsang, No. 62.
Previewing The 2003-2004 Season
The Hoosiers will be lead in 2003-04 by the senior trio of Martina Grimm, Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran.
Grimm last season picked up a career high in singles victories with 23, and led the team in overall singles wins and Big Ten singles wins. Grimm also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors.
The doubles tandem of Schlukebir and Tran, compiled a 17-7 overall record, finishing sixth in the Midwest region rankings. The duo also joined forces to advance to the finals of the ITA Summer National Championships.
Schlukebir finished the season with a 15-9 singles mark and 18-10 doubles record. She also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors for the third straight year.
Tran played the No. 1 singles position going 12-18 and 27-9 in doubles. She earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors March 15th.
Junior Dominika Walterova and sophomore Sarah Batty bring experience to the Hoosier lineup.
Walterova had eight singles victories and a 16-13 dou bles mark. Walterova played the No. 3, 4 and 5 spots during the season due to the injuries Indiana had.
Batty was the only player to play in all 25 singles matches during the spring. She had an overall singles record of 19-20 and doubles record of 25-15.
Indiana adds four new names to its roster. Transfer Dora Vastag and freshmen Laura McGaffigan, Cecile Perton and Kara Zeder all look to add constistency to the line-up.
Vastag played at Michigan State the last two years compiling a 26-12 singles record.
McGaffigan was the runner-up at the Michigan ITA during the summer and finalist for the Quad City Times 2003 Athlete of the Year.
Zeder finished high school with a 46-7 overall record and selected as MVP her senior year.
Perton is ranked in the top 20 under 18s in France and ranked second in the State of Lorraine under 18.
Recapping The 2002-2003 Season
The Hoosiers were forced to play with a less than full lineup on five occasions thoughout the season due to injuries.
Only sophomore Sarah Batty was able to compete in both singles and doubles in every match last season.
Linda Tran led the Hoosiers in doubles victories as she went 27-9.
Tran and Schlukebir finished the season ranked 6th in the Midwest Region.
The doubles tandem of Grimm and Batty finished the season ranked 14th in the Midwest Region.
The Hoosiers return to action on Friday, Oct. 3, when they host the Hoosier Classic.
Iowa, LSU, Missouri, Kansas State, Louisville, Eastern Michigan and Murray State are scheduled to be playing in the Classic.