Women Play in Georgia Tech Invitational This Weekend
October 20, 1998 Women Play in Georgia Tech Invitational This Weekend
On Tap: The Hoosiers continue play after a two week layoff in Atlanta, Georgia, as they compete in the Georgia Tech Invitational. They are competing in an eight team tournament that includes teams from Georgia Tech, Georgia, Baylor, Mississippi State, North Carolina State, Clemson, Rice and Iowa.
Ohio State Invitational: Two weekends ago, the Hoosiers were one of sixteen teams that competed in the Ohio State Invitational. The Hoosiers struggled through the first day of singles competion, before battling back in doubles. The team of freshmen Amanda Field and junior Jessica Anderson won their doubles flight, junior Zahra Ahamed and sophomore Kelly Blanch came in second in their flight.
Doubles Play: The doubles play which was a uncertainty coming into the season has been exceptional strong so far. The team of freshman Amanda Field and junior Jessica Anderson is 7-1 in the two tournaments this year. Junior Zahra Ahamed and sophomore Kelly Blanch, the number one team, are 4-2 and went 3-1 at Ohio State. Sophomores Ana Ceretto and Jennifer Hsia are 3-3 on the year.
Recapping Last Year: After finishing the Big Ten season with a 6-4 record , and a sixth seed in the Big Ten Tournament, the Hoosiers regained top form as they went on to win the Big Ten Tournament. The Big Ten Championship was their first in the last three years and their 15th since 1980. The season came to an end, however, in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Midwest Regionals, as they lost to the Regional top-seed UCLA. The Hoosiers ended their year with a 17-11 record and a #35 national ranking.
Head Coach Lin Loring: Loring is entering his 22nd season as the Head Coach of the Hoosiers Women's Tennis team. In his 21 seasons, he has compiled a remarkable overall record of 252-130, while accumulating a 252-23 record against Big Ten opponents. The 4 time Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year and the 2 time National Coach-of -the-Year, has compiled a 563-147 overall record in his 25 year coaching career. Prior to Indiana, coach Loring had a 4 year stint as head coach at UC-Santa Barbara.
Youth Movement: This year the Hoosiers will be looking for contribution from a all ten players. With Kelly Fitzgerald as the team's lone senior, the team will look at their younger players to carry this years team. Juniors Jessica Anderson and Zahra Ahamed, along with sophomore Kelly Blanch should be the cornerstones of the team this year. Anderson led the Hoosiers for the second straight last year, with 29 victories. Ahamed ended the year with a 23-13 record in singles and had a 32-7 doubles record. Blanch played half the season and saw time at #2 singles, and also earned a trip to the NCAA Doubles Tournament.
Fax-On-Demand: All information regarding the 1998-99 women's tennis tam is available via Fax-On-Demand. You can receive information by calling (770) 399-3066 from your fax machine. To gain access about Indian's tennis program, you first have to access the Big Ten Conference (282). From there you may selected from the following to gain information about Indiana's tennis: Entire release & results (1525); latest roster & schedule updates (1526); Last match report (1527).
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