Bloomington, Ind. - As was the case throughout the weekend, the Big Ten schools competing in the Hoosier Classic Invitational rolled over their Big 12 opposition on Sunday.
The three Big Ten teams in the field (Indiana, Iowa and Ohio State) combined to put together a 10-6 record on Sunday against opponents Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri. For the weekend, the Big Ten put together a 54-26 advantage in head-to-head competition (.675 pct.)
Unlike the first two days of the tournament that featured both singles and doubles play, Sunday featured only singles action. However, just like the other two days, Indiana's Karie Schlukebir finished the day without suffering a loss. Schlukebir defeated Kansas' Christine Skoda, 6-4, 6-3 to cap a weekend in which she compiled a perfect 3-0 singles record to go with her 4-0 doubles record.
Coming into the weekend ranked 13th in the nation in doubles by the ITA, Schlukebir and her partner Linda Tran did what was expected, not only winning their matches, but doing it in lopsided fashion. The duo claimed 8-0 shutout wins over Kansas State's Jessica Simosa and Halyer McIver as well as against Missouri's Mary Barry and Britteny Holliday.
The doubles success may have been expected, but it was Schlukebir's singles success that provided for optimism.
"It was really important for me to come out and play well," Schlukebir said. "Whether it was winning or losing, I just wanted to play well. It was nice to get these wins and it was good to see that my game has come a long way."
Hoosier freshman Sarah Batty won her match against Kansas' Emily Haylock, 7-6 (5), 7-5, and finished the weekend with a 2-1 singles record. In only her first year at the collegiate level, Batty now has strung together a 6-2 record in the fall season.
Indiana also got wins from Martina Grimm and Dominika Walterova, with Grimm handing the Jayhawks' Kim Lorenz a 6-0, 6-0 beating and Walterova beating Iowa's Jennifer Hodgman, 8-6. Both Tran and freshman Sophie Rychlik came up short on Sunday.
"The people who played two weekends and both Kalamazoo and here all improved in areas that we have been working on," Indiana head coach Lin Loring said. "Karie and Linda both looked good, especially in doubles, but all in all, we need to improve at the bottom of the lineup."
Schlukebir and Tran will both head to Pacific Palisades, Calif., to take part in the ITA All-American Doubles Championship from Thursday, October 10 through Sunday, October 13. The duo combined to finish second in the nation at the Summer National Championships.