The Indiana womens tennis team hosts the Hoosier Classic Friday Oct. 3 through Sunday Oct. 5.
Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas State, Louisville, LSU, Missouri and Murray State will all be competing.
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.
At the Bronco Invite, the duo went undefeated.
Recapping The Bronco Invitational
Indiana opened its season with a strong showing at the Bronco Invitational.
Freshman Kara Zeder defeated Illinois Leila Cehajic 7-6, 6-0 in the singles flight C final.
In the winners bracket consolation singles final, sophomore Sarah Batty defeated the ITA preseason 62nd-ranked, Frederika Girsang of Western Michigan 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (8).
Senior Linda Tran won her quarterfinal match 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (5) over 57th-ranked Tiffany Eklov of Illinois. Tran then fell to Eastern Michigans Victoria Domina, 6-4, 6-1 in the semifinals of flight A.
The Hoosiers top-three doubles teams to the semifinals.
Senior Martina Grimm and Batty defeated Western Michigans Frederika Girsang and Valeria Stoilova, 8-5 in the doubles semifinal match.
Previewing The 2003-2004 Season
The Hoosiers will be led in 2003-04 by the senior trio of Martina Grimm, Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran.
Last season, Grimm picked up a career high in singles victories with 23 and led the team in overall singles wins (23) and Big Ten singles wins (4). 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.
Walterova had eight singles victories and a 16-13 doubles 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.
Dora Vastag played at Michigan State the last two years compiling a 26-12 singles record.
Laura McGaffigan was the runner-up at the Michigan ITA Summer Championship and doubles champion at the Ohio State ITA Summer Championship. She was a finalist for the Quad City Times 2003 Athlete of the Year.
Kara Zeder finished high school with a 46-7 overall record and selected as MVP her senior year.
Cecile Perton is ranked in the top 20 under 18s in France and ranked second in the State of Lorraine under 18.
The Hoosiers return to action on Thursday Oct. 23 when they travel to Kalamazoo, Mich. for the ITA Midwest Championships.
Quoting Head Coach Lin Loring
We only play one of the seven tournament teams, Iowa, during the dual match season. With the exception of Louisville, all the teams competing this weekend have been to the NCAA tournament within the last two years. This is a great opportunity to play against some very good players who we normally wouldnt see.