Hoosiers Conclude Fall Season At Western Michigan Fall Classic
The Indiana womens tennis team will conclude its fall tournament season when it travels to the Western Michigan Fall Classic, Friday, Nov. 7, through Sunday, Nov. 9.
DePaul, Illinois State, Indiana and Western Michigan will all be competing.
The format will be a hidden dual meet. Indiana will play against all three teams in both singles and doubles.
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
In doubles, look no further than the Cream and Crimson, as the doubles tandem Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran enter Fridays action as the 28th-ranked doubles team in the nation according to the ITA preseason poll.
In action this fall, the duo has a record of 11-1.
In singles, Illinois States Liina Suurvarik is the ITA preseason No. 30. Suurvarik has a fall record of 8-4. Western Michigans Frederika Girsnag is ranked No. 62 in the ITA preseason poll. Girsang has a fall record of 3-4.
Western Michigan Fall Classic Schedule
Friday, Nov. 7
Two rounds of doubles
Saturday, Nov. 8
Two rounds of singles
Sunday, Nov. 9
Round of singles
Round of doubles
Recapping The ITA Midwest Championships
Indiana had a great showing at the ITA Midwest championships. Hoosiers advanced to the quarterfinals in both singles and doubles.
Freshman Cecile Perton earned one of eight qualifier spots in the main draw. Perton defeated Notre Dames Kelly Nelson 7-5, 5-7, 6-3 to advance to the main draw.
Senior Linda Tran defeated Michigan's Kavitha Tipirneni 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Tran was then defeated in the quarterfinals by the No. 3 seed, Illinois Jennifer McGaffigan, 6-4, 6-3.
Junior Dora Vastag, a 9-16 seed, defeated Liina Suuvarik of Illinois State 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Vastag fell to the No. 4 seed, Jessica Rush of Northwestern 6-3, 6-1.
Senior Karie Schlukebir and Tran, the No. 2 seed, defeated Rattiya Hiranrat and Malena Remynse of Western Michigan 9-8 to advance to the Round of 16.
Schlukebir and Tran then defeated the 9-16 seed, Jamie Peisel and Alexis Prousis of Northwestern, 8-2 to advance to the quarterfinals.
Tran and Schlukebir, defeated the 5-8 seed, Lauren Connelly and Alicia Salas of Notre Dame, 8-6 to advance to the semifinals.
In the semifinals, the duo fell 8-6 to Cynthya Goulet and Jennifer McGaffigan of Illinois, the No. 3 seed.
Vastag and freshman Laura McGaffigan, a 9-16 seed, also advance to the Round of 16. They defeated Illinois' Pavlina Arkitas and Leila Cehajic 8-5 to advance.
Vastag and McGaffigan then fell 8-5 in the Round of 16 to Frederika Girsang and Valeria Stoilova of Western Michigan, a 5-8 seed.
The Hoosiers return to action when the spring dual season begins. Indiana opens the season at home against Western Michigan on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 9:30 a.m. Indiana also plays Miami (Ohio) at 2:30 p.m.
Quoting Head Coach Lin Loring
This tournament gives us one last chance to see everyone in competition before we go into our off-season training. After this tournament we will pick two or three areas that each player will concentrate on until our dual match season starts on January 18. We have a few girls injured, but we hope they might at least be able to play doubles this weekend.