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Sheehey, Robinson lead IU over Iowa

In IU’s home reopener, the Hoosiers defeated another ranked opponent in Assembly Hall, topping No. 20 Iowa 93-86.

It was the team’s third home victory against a ranked opponent this season and the win kept the Hoosiers from falling into a five-way tie for last place in the Big Ten.
It was the Hoosiers’ greatest offensive outburst since scoring 102 points against Washington on Nov. 21.

Ten IU players scored but two wing players were responsible for more than half of the Hoosiers’ points. Senior Will Sheehey and freshman Stanford Robinson recorded 30 and 17 points, respectively, which were career highs for both players.

Sheehey said the team’s game plan was to run to the corners and space the floor, opening up the middle of the court.

“I think our team from the start was built to run like this,” he said.

The senior could have passed for a wide receiver Thursday night, consistently beating Iowa’s transition defense down the court.

He said the key to his offensive success was his teammates finding him in transition.

Sophomore point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell threw multiple overhead passes to an open Sheehey and Robinson found him on back cuts.

“I was scoring without the ball in my hands,” Sheehey said, crediting his teammates for finding him in transition.

He got off to a hot start for the second consecutive game, scoring six of the team’s first eight points. He scored IU’s first seven points against Wisconsin but was held scoreless for the final 37 minutes in Madison, Wis., Tuesday.

The senior didn’t let up against Iowa. He nearly matched his previous career-high in the first half, recording 19 points.

Crean said Sheehey was fantastic against Iowa.

“What an unbelievably ironic thing for him to have his career high on the night in which he was honored for his 1,000th career point,” he said. “I thought he was going for 2,000 tonight.”

The pace of play in the first half could have given the scoreboard operator carpel tunnel as the teams combined for 101 points.

The fast-paced nature of the game caused both teams to take advantage of their depth.

“We knew it was going to be a game where depth was key because of how good Iowa’s depth is,” Crean said.

Thirteen Hoosiers saw action Thursday and IU recorded a season-high 42 bench points.

Robinson said Crean frequently tells his players that they will never know when their time will come.

Even though the freshman guard said IU is better when it is able to utilize its athletes in transition, Hoosier fans shouldn’t expect an encore of Thursday’s game, which may have been mistaken for a track meet or a high-flying Cirque de Soleil performance.

Points will be hard to come by when the Hoosiers play host to No. 22 Ohio State Sunday. It would be an understatement to say the Buckeyes play stingy defense. Ohio State has the third-best adjusted defense in the country, according to kenpom.com.

“Obviously there are teams in this league who have no interest in having any kind of pace,” Crean said.

IU-Iowa matchup rescheduled for Feb. 27

IU will host Iowa at 9 p.m. Thursday, February 27 at Assembly Hall, according to a press release from the Big Ten. The originally scheduled game was postponed after a piece of metal plating fell from the ceiling of Assembly Hall into the stands at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The teams had 72 hours from the time of the postponement to agree upon a mutually beneficial date. The game will be aired on ESPN.

–Andy Wittry 

This year’s Iowa team similar to ’12-’13 IU

Iowa Coach Fran McCaffery’s third-place Hawkeye squad doesn’t have the ranking, résumé or hype of the 2012-13 Hoosiers, but the Hawkeyes have a similar makeup to IU’s Sweet 16 team from a year ago.

IU Coach Tom Crean said McCaffery has recruited a versatile team that is as experienced as any in the country.

“It reminds me when we watch them — and it has been this way all year — of what we had last year with our team with the experience, shooting, scoring and guys that have been there in a lot of hard games,” Crean said. “And also some young fire power that brought some energy to the table.”

The Hawkeyes returned virtually every player from last year’s team, which won 25 games before losing in the National Invitation Tournament Championship to Baylor.

Eleven players average at least 10 minutes per game and as a team, Iowa has the nation’s fourth-tallest average height, which creates matchup problems for opposing teams.

“They are extremely unselfish with one another and cause so many issues with their versatility,” Crean said.

Iowa has an NBA prospect in senior guard Roy Devyn Marble, who averages 16.4 points per game, but the balanced Hawkeyes lack the surefire NBA lottery picks that IU had in Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo last season. However, Iowa is statistically similar to the Hoosier team that lost in the Sweet 16 to Syracuse last March.

No. 15 Iowa (19-6, 8-4) is fourth in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency and 30th defensive efficiency, according to kenpom.com. In 2012-13, IU finished third in offensive efficiency and 28th in defensive efficiency.

McCaffery said sophomore point guard Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell, IU’s only returning starter from last season, has been impressive in his expanded role for the new-look Hoosiers.

“His role was different with Zeller, Oladipo, Watford etc.,” McCaffery said. “They had so many weapons. Now this year, he is ‘the guy.’”

Ferrell and senior forward Will Sheehey start alongside three freshmen, a lineup that is virtually the opposite of last year’s Hoosiers and McCaffery’s current Iowa team.

The Hoosiers had four 1,000-point scorers on last year’s team, and their starting lineup featured a player from every academic year.

“Little by little, you are seeing these young guys that Indiana has to develop,” McCaffery said. “They are able to do that because they know they have one of the best players in the country with the ball.”

Crean acknowledged IU is as young as any team in the Big Ten and said his team occasionally shows its youth. With the exception of Sheehey, graduate student guard Evan Gordon and senior forward Jeff Howard, IU’s “older” rotation players are sophomores.

“What happens is, when you are young and you don’t have the experience, you don’t have the consistency,” Crean said. “What we have is a consistency in work habits and work ethic, which is good and part of the process. But we don’t have that consistency of what it takes, physically and mentally, to win the games.”

While the versatility and depth of the Hawkeyes could overwhelm the young, inconsistent Hoosiers, anything can happen at Assembly Hall, where IU has already defeated a pair top 10 opponents in Wisconsin and Michigan.

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Xavier Basketball: 5 Storylines for the Musketeers in 2013-14

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Despite not making the NCAA tournament last season for the first time since 2005, the future looks bright for the Xavier Musketeers. The 2013-14 season will usher in Xavier’s transition to the Big East, the addition of Western Michigan transfer Matt Stainbrook to the starting lineup and the development of reigning Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year Semaj Christon.

With head coach Chris Mack at the helm, the Muskies will look to improve upon their 17-14 record and seventh-place finish in the A-10 last season. Xavier is in its second year of rebuilding the program.

The Musketeers will rely on a lot of youth next season with five freshmen and two sophomores on scholarship. Xavier can expect a lot of competition for playing time as well as depth on the bench—something the Musketeers lacked last season—as it enters a new era in the Big East.

Semaj Christon earned Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year honors last season.  (Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)
Semaj Christon earned Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year honors last season.
(Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

1. Playing in the Big East

In the midst of conference re-alignment, the Big East became a revolving door as the “Catholic 7” of Georgetown, Villanova, DePaul, Marquette, St. John’s, Providence and Seton Hall separated from the rest of their conference; the Catholic 7 then added Xavier and Butler from the Atlantic 10 in addition to Creighton from the Missouri Valley Conference to form a 10-team conference.

Despite sending five teams to the tournament last year, the A-10 has historically been regarded as a second-tier conference full of mid-majors. Xavier has achieved sustained success in the postseason that has exceeded the expectations for most mid-majors.

Xavier has 11 NCAA tournament berths in the past 13 seasons; the Musketeers have had three Sweet 16 and two Elite Eight appearances in that stretch. The Muskies will get the opportunity to take their program to the next level in the Big East.

The Big East is still one of the better basketball conferences, regardless if many fans add the qualifier “new” in front of it.

Butler has proven that it’s a program capable of making deep runs in the tournament.

Georgetown returns the majority of its roster from a Hoya team that had a 25-7 record and tied for a Big East Championship last year.

Creighton’s senior forward Doug McDermott will be one of the preseason National Player of the Year favorites after averaging more than 23 points and nearly eight rebounds per game last season.

Plus, ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi projects for five Big East teams to make next season’s tournament in his first 2013-14 bracket.

The Big East Tournament will be held in Madison Square Garden, and ESPN New York reporter Kieran Darcy reported that the Big East agreed to a 12-year deal with Fox Sports.

The combination of star players, tournament-bound teams, major venues and multi-year television deals means that Xavier will have more national exposure than ever before.

2. Playing in the Battle 4 Atlantis

On Thanksgiving weekend, the Musketeers will play in the Bahamas in the Battle 4 Atlantis along with Kansas, Iowa, Tennessee, USC, Vilanova, UTEP and Wake Forest.

While the matchups have not been announced for the tournament, Xavier has the opportunity to play a potential Top Five team in Kansas, who recently added the class of 2013’s No. 1 recruit, Andrew Wiggins, and a fringe Top 25 team in Iowa, who returns its top five scorers from last year’s Hawkeye squad that lost in the NIT Championship and finished the season with a 25-13 record.

It could also face USC and the Trojans’ new head coach Andy Enfield, who led No. 15 Florida Gulf Coast to the Sweet 16 last year, and Tennessee, who CBS College Basketball Insider Gary Parrish said should be considered a Top 25 team after the announcement of Antonio Barton’s transfer from Memphis.

The Musketeers could potentially face challenging competition in the Bahamas, which would help the strength of their nonconference schedule, and the tournament can only help Xavier’s case to make the NCAA tournament in March.

Xavier has not faced a Top 10 team in its nonconference schedule since 2008, and playing multiple ranked teams in consecutive days would prepare the Muskies for the challenges that lie ahead in the Big East.

3. The Development of Semaj Christon

Xavier’s point guard won A-10 Freshman of the Year honors last season after averaging 15.2 points and more than four assists per game.

Christon suffered his share of growing pains; he turned the ball over 10 times against VCU, made just one of his nine shots before fouling out in a four-point loss to Tennessee and he was 3-of-11 from the field against Wake Forest, to name a few of his less-than-stellar performances.

However, the Cincinnati native was one of the bright spots on an inexperienced team that lost its top five scorers from the 2011-12 season. Christon led Xavier in points, assists, steals and free throws attempted last year.

His best statistical game of the season was a 20-point, seven-assist and seven-rebound effort in an overtime win against No. 16 Saint Louis as Xavier made one final push for an at-large bid to the tournament.

Xavier coach Chris Mack tweeted this spring that Christon will be one of the team’s captains as a sophomore, so he will have a larger leadership role next season.

Just as the point guard will have an opportunity to improve in the locker room, he has room to get better on the court as well. Christon made just 25 percent of his 28 three-point shots and connected on only 67 percent of his free throws. While he averaged nearly five assists per game, he turned the ball over almost four times per game.

Xavier’s success in the inaugural season of the “new” Big East starts and ends with Christon.

If he can make strides upon the promising foundation he laid in his freshman year, he could become one of the premier point guards in the country and even be in the discussion for Big East Player of the Year.

4. The Fab 5

Xavier coach Chris Mack put together an impressive five-man freshman class for next season that has flown under the radar.

Myles Davis and Jalen Reynolds were both given a grade of 92 by ESPN.

Davis and Reynolds were supposed to play last season for the Musketeers, but the NCAA denied the eligibility of both players, according to former CBS Sports college basketball writer Jeff Goodman. Goodman wrote that both players paid for their first year of school at Xavier University and could not practice with the team.

Reynolds is a 6’9″ forward who was originally a 2011 commit before he attended prep school at Brewster Academy in New Jersey for one year. He will be two years older than most freshmen.

Davis is a 6’2″ guard from Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass.

In addition, Xavier will have Brandon Randolph, a point guard out of Inglewood, Calif. who is ranked No. 86 on ESPN’s 2013 Top 100 players list.

Kamall Richards is the fourth member of Xavier’s freshman class. The 6’6″ small forward is a 3-star recruit, according to Rivals.com.

The Musketeers’ most recent commitment was from Aleksandar Vezenkov, a 6’8″ Bulgarian forward who has experience playing on the Bulgarian junior national team and the Greek professional team Aris, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s Shannon Russell.

With half of Xavier’s 2012 recruiting class, which was ranked 14th in the country by ESPN, beginning their college careers next season, in addition to the three 2013 commits, the Musketeers’ freshman class has a bright future.

5. The Impact of Transfer Players

After sitting out last season per NCAA transfer rules, Western Michigan transfer Matt Stainbrook, a junior center, will provide the Musketeers a big body in the middle. At 6’9″ and 275 pounds, Stainbrook averaged more than 11 points and nearly seven rebounds per game as a sophomore for the Broncos.

In two seasons at Western Michigan, Stainbrook registered 10 double-doubles and scored a career-high 32 points against South Dakota State as a sophomore.

The native of Bay Village, Ohio also had the chance to prove himself against some of the country’s top teams. He made seven of his eight shots against No. 19 Illinois in his freshman season in a 16-point effort. In his sophomore year, Stainbrook scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds against No. 5 Duke.

With the loss of Travis Taylor (11.9 points and 9.0 rebounds per game) and Jeff Robinson (6.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game) due to graduation, Stainbrook will have the opportunity to start immediately in Xavier’s frontcourt.

Similarly to Christon, Stainbrook was selected as a team captain by his teammates for the upcoming season, so he has earned his teammates’ respect despite not playing in a Xavier uniform yet in his college career.

On May 17, Xavier added a second transfer, former Indiana guard Remy Abell, to its roster. While the sophomore will have to sit out the 2013-14 season, he will be able to practice with the Musketeers and make his teammates even better.

Abell will bring the experience of practicing with two All-Americans, Victor Oladipo and Cody Zeller, to Xavier, so he has seen firsthand what it takes to play at the highest level in college basketball.

IU splits Big Ten matches with win at Iowa, loss at Nebraska

The No. 32 IU women’s tennis team split its Big Ten matches against Iowa and No. 13 Nebraska (18-3, 7-0) during the weekend. The Hoosiers defeated the Hawkeyes 6-1 Friday evening and suffered a 5-2 loss to the Cornhuskers on Sunday.

IU Coach Lin Loring said defeating Iowa was a great road win for IU because the Hawkeyes are tough to play at home.

“They had match points on Notre Dame when the Irish were No. 19 in the country,” he said.

The No. 34 doubles team of Ruth Seaborne and Morven McCulloch bested sophomore Carolyn Chupa and senior Leslie Hureau 8-4.

IU won the No. 2 and No. 3 matches to earn the doubles point. Sophomores Shannon Murdy and Alecia Kauss topped Christina Harazin and Katie Zordani 8-1 in the No. 2 match. Sophomore Katie Klyczek and junior Sophie Garre defeated Annette Dohanics and Caitlin Hindmarsh 8-4.

The Hoosiers controlled the singles matches by winning five of the six matches. In the No. 1 position, No. 111 Leslie Hureau bested No. 85 Seaborne 6-3, 6-2. No. 112 Katie Klyczek topped Shelby Talcott 7-6, 6-4 in the No. 2 singles match. Chupa, Kauss and Garre won their matches in consecutive sets in the No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 matches, respectively. Iowa’s lone singles win was in the No. 6 match, when Hindmarsh defeated Murdy 6-4, 6-4.

“We struggled the first half hour of the doubles,” Loring said. “No. 3 came back from 3-0 down to win the doubles point for us. Then we won some very close first sets in singles and never let them back in the match.”

Nebraska won the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches. The No. 3 match was not finished. The No. 11 doubles team of Mary Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova defeated Hureau and Chupa 8-0 in the No. 1 match. In the No. 2 position, Stefanie Weinstein and Janine Weinreich topped Kauss and Murdy 8-6.

Nebraska then jumped out to a 5-0 lead by winning the first four singles matches. Weinstein bested Chupa 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 3 spot.

Veresova topped No. 112 Klyczek 6-2, 6-2 and No. 13 Weatherholt secured the victory for the Cornhuskers when she defeated No. 111 Hureau 7-5, 6-0. Weinreich earned Nebraska’s fifth and final point when she bested Kauss 7-6 (7-3), 6-4. Garre and senior Jithmie Jayawickrema won the No. 5 and No. 6 matches, respectively, in consecutive sets to bring the final score to 5-2.

With the victory against IU, Nebraska kept its perfect Big Ten record alive to stay atop the standings. After last weekend’s matches, IU is 15-6 overall this season and 4-3 in the conference. The Hoosiers will play Minnesota next Saturday and Wisconsin on Sunday at the IU Tennis Center.

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No. 32 Hoosiers set for away matches

Riding a three-match win streak, which includes a victory against No. 10 Michigan, the No. 32 IU women’s tennis team (14-5, 3-2) will play on the road for the second weekend in a row. The Hoosiers will face Iowa at 4:30 p.m. Friday and No. 13 Nebraska at noon Sunday.

IU has cut back on practice leading up to this weekend’s matches due to the team’s two long road trips in consecutive weeks.

“We got back at about 11 o’clock last Sunday night, and we’ll probably get back around midnight or one o’clock this Sunday night, so it’s just important for us to rest our legs,” IU Coach Lin Loring said. “This is not an easy road trip because of (matches on) Friday and Sunday and driving six hours between the two sites. We just have to make sure that we’re fresh and ready to go.”

Loring said the bad part about IU’s schedule is that the team plays Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern and Purdue – all of whom are ranked in the top 25 – on the road this season. He said the Hoosiers have to make the most of their opportunities.

IU is in fifth place in the Big Ten after its pair of victories last weekend improved the team’s conference record to 3-2. Senior Leslie Hureau is ranked No. 111 in singles, and her teammate, sophomore Katie Klyczek, is ranked No. 112.

Iowa (8-8, 1-4) is tied for 10th in the conference. While the Hawkeyes have a .500 record through March, all of their losses have been against ranked opponents.

The Hawkeyes’ lone conference win was against No. 37 Illinois. Iowa junior Ruth Seaborne is ranked No. 85 in singles. Seaborne and Morven McCulloch are the No. 34 doubles tandem.

In the past decade, Iowa has a 7-5 advantage in dual matches against IU.

“The only thing that we’re concerned about at Iowa is that we really haven’t played in an outdoor match in strong wind,” Loring said. “It can get pretty windy there.”

Nebraska (16-3, 5-0) is first in the Big Ten. If the weather permits, the match will be played outdoors.

IU is 2-0 in outdoor matches this season. The Hoosiers defeated No. 2 Duke 4-2 and Michigan State 7-0 in those dual matches.

“They do play in a bubble, so if we play indoors we’ll have to get used to the bubble,” Loring said.

Nebraska has bested 10 ranked opponents this season, including wins against five teams ranked in the top 25.

Senior Mary Weatherholt is ranked No. 13 in singles. She will leave Nebraska as the winningest women’s tennis player in school history.

The doubles combination of Weatherholt and Patricia Veresova is No. 11 in the country.

IU and Nebraska have only faced each other once as conference foes. The Cornhuskers won that dual match 5-2 last spring.

“The bad thing for us this year is that we play every top-ranked team in the conference on the road,” he said. “We just have to give it our best shot.”

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Chupa wins Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

For the third time this season, an Indiana University women’s tennis player has been awarded the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week honor. Sophomore Carolyn Chupa joins fellow sophomores Alecia Kauss and Katie Klyczek as Hoosiers who have won the conference’s weekly award. It is her first time receiving the honor.

“I just think that it shows that she has really improved from last year and that she’s played really good tennis,” IU Coach Lin Loring said. “It’s nice that she was recognized.”

Chupa was 3-1 last weekend in IU’s victories against Michigan State and No. 10 Michigan. Her only loss was in a doubles match against Michigan’s No. 2 tandem of Brooke Bolender and Emina Bektas.

Against Michigan State, Chupa won her singles match in the No. 3 position against Emily Meyers 6-3, 2-6, 6-2. Chupa and senior Leslie Hureau defeated the Spartans’ Marina Bohrer/Catherine Parenteau 8-1 in the No. 1 doubles match.

The sophomore’s biggest win of the weekend was in the No. 3 singles match against No. 10 Michigan. She topped No. 76 Sarah Lee 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4), which was the deciding singles match and propelled No. 40 Indiana to a 5-2 victory.

Overall this season, Chupa is 19-5 in singles, which is the second highest win total on the team, and 19-9 in doubles. She has a 14-1 singles record in dual matches, which includes a current five-match win streak and a 2-0 record against nationally ranked opponents.

No. 32 Indiana will face to Iowa and No. 13 Nebraska on the road this weekend. The Hoosiers face the Hawkeyes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and the Cornhuskers at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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No. 40 IU women’s tennis wins two matches on road trip to Michigan

The No. 40 Indiana women’s tennis team earned its second and third consecutive Big Ten victories over the weekend during its road trip to the Great Lakes State. The Hoosiers notched their eighth 7-0 victory of the season in East Lansing, Mich. against Michigan State on Saturday and followed it up with a 5-2 win against No. 10 Michigan on Sunday.

“It’s kind of indescribable,” IU Coach Lin Loring said.

IU improved its overall record to 14-5 and the Hoosiers’ 3-2 Big Ten record gives the team sole possession of fifth place in the conference.

The Hoosiers won the doubles point against Michigan State by winning the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches. Sophomore Carolyn Chupa and senior Leslie Hureau defeated Marina Bohrer/Catherine Parenteau 8-1 in the No. 1 match. Sophomores Alecia Kauss and Shannon Murdy topped Nicole Herzog/Michaela Silesova 9-8 in the No. 2 position.

IU swept the singles matches and won five of them in straight sets. No. 111 Hureau bested Bohrer 6-3, 7-5 in the No. 1 match. No. 112 Katie Klyczek , a sophomore who won the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week earlier in March, defeated Parenteau 6-4, 6-1.

“We still had trouble closing out both singles and doubles matches that we were leading,” IU Coach Loring said. “On the positive side, we got to play an outdoor match and we got a win in a match we had to have.”

Loring said that Indiana got lucky that the match against Michigan State was outdoors because the Spartans’ outdoor courts are slower than their indoor courts.

“It couldn’t have worked out better to play Michigan State outdoors,” he said. “Not only because the court speed helped us get ready for Michigan but we also got in an outdoor match and at this time of the year, you’re never sure if you’re going to get in an outdoor match.”

Katie Klyczek said that it was challenging at first going from inside to outside. She said that it gave the team a good outdoor practice and that it may have helped an IU team that plays better outdoors.

After Indiana’s match at Michigan State, the Hoosiers traveled to Ann Arbor, Mich. for Sunday’s dual match against the No. 10 Michigan Wolverines.

The Wolverines had won eight consecutive matches entering Sunday, including victories against No. 14 Texas, No. 2 Duke, No. 16 Notre Dame, and No. 17 Purdue.

IU ended Michigan’s win streak by winning the doubles point and four of the six singles matches.

“I’m really proud of the way we competed,” IU Coach Loring said. “We just kept running down balls and making them hit one more. We haven’t had two top wins in the same year in quite some time.”

Michigan’s No. 2 doubles tandem of Emina Bektas/Brooke Bolender defeated Hureau/Chupa 8-1 in the No. 1 match. However, Indiana fought back to win the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches to earn the doubles point. Garre/Klyczek topped Mimi Nguyen/Kristen Dodge 8-2 in the No. 3 spot and Kauss/Murdy gave IU a 1-0 lead when they bested No. 49 Ronit Yurovsky/Sarah Lee 8-4 in the No. 2 match.

The Wolverines tied the match when No. 20 Bektas defeated No. 111 Hureau 6-1, 6-4 and then took a 2-1 when Amy Zhu bested senior Jithmie Jayawickrema 6-3, 6-2.

IU finished the match strong by winning the final four singles matches, which included three victories in three sets and two defeats of ranked opponents. In the No. 2 match, No. 112 Klyczek bested No. 39 Yurovsky 6-4, 1-6, 7-5. Chupa topped No. 76 Lee 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (4) in the No. 3 spot.

“It’s pretty exciting, especially after all of our 4-3 losses, to finally win and see all of our hard work pay off,” Klyczek said.

“What makes it more remarkable is that neither one was at home,” IU Coach Loring said. “When we are firing on all cylinders we tough to beat.”

Loring said that tiebreakers finally went Indiana’s way and that the match against Michigan could not have been closer. He said that everyone will now know that IU’s win over No. 2 Duke was not a fluke after the Hoosiers defeated another top 10 opponent.

“We just kept our confidence and believed in ourselves and fought as hard as we could and good things happened,” Klyczek said. “It definitely helped with our confidence and made us realize that we really can do it once we work hard.”

Indiana will play on the road again next weekend when the team travels to face No. 69 Iowa and No. 12 Nebraska.

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Women’s tennis loses ranking, looks to recover

After losing the past three dual matches 4-3 to Tennessee, Kentucky and Notre Dame, the IU women’s tennis team has fallen out of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings. The Hoosiers will look to rebound with a pair of duals on Sunday against No. 66 DePaul and UNC-Wilmington. IU will face the Blue Demons at 11 a.m. and the
Seahawks at 5 p.m. at the IU Tennis Center.

The Hoosiers are 8-3 this season after winning their first eight dual matches, in which they lost only two singles matches, but have lost three consecutive duals since their hot start.

IU Coach Lin Loring maintains a positive attitude about the team after narrowly losing to Notre Dame last Sunday and he said the women are playing very well.

“It was the best team singles we’ve played and the only matches we lost were three-setters,” Loring said. “It was a situation where we don’t have everybody totally doing everything on the same day. It’s just that a little something always goes wrong in these big matches. We put ourselves in a position to win.”

Loring said this week the team practiced having better depth in the court in singles to prepare for this weekend’s dual matches.

After defeating Notre Dame’s No. 30 doubles pair of Britney Sanders/Julie Sabacinski, IU senior Leslie Hureau and junior Sophie Garre are ranked No. 44 in doubles.

DePaul boasts the No. 85 singles player, freshman Matea Cutura. Cutura was named the Big East Player of the Week in the first week of February after starting the season with a 14-3 singles record that included three wins against ranked opponents.

The Blue Demons are 9-3 with two dominant wins over Big Ten opponents. They defeated Iowa 5-2 and Michigan State 6-1. DePaul is undefeated on the road this season and will play at No. 18 Notre Dame on Saturday before facing IU on Sunday.

Loring said DePaul is as good as Notre Dame, Kentucky and Tennessee.

IU is 7-3 against DePaul in the past decade. IU sophomore Carolyn Chupa was the hero in last season’s 4-3 victory against the Blue Demons when she came from behind
to defeat then-sophomore Kelsey Lawson 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to give the Hoosiers in the deciding singles match.

UNC-Wilmington is 4-2 this season. The Seahawks’ two losses were both in competitive 4-3 matches, including a loss to then-No. 53 William & Mary.

UNC-Wilmington is 2-1 on the road and will host South Florida on Friday before travelling to Bloomington.

Junior Angie Sekely was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Women’s Tennis Player of the Week on Feb. 12, after winning a pair of singles matches in the No. 1 position against conference opponents.

Loring said UNC-Wilmington will be tough because IU plays them in the second dual match this weekend.

“I think we’ll be the better team but it just depends on what the DePaul match takes out of us,” he said.

Loring said he expects IU to play another 4-3 match against DePaul.

“You can have a three hour 4-3 match or a four and a half hour 4-3 match and I’m hoping it’s not a four and a half hour match,” he said. “We’re going to need a little bit of recovery time to get ready for Wilmington because they’re going to put a lot of balls in the court.”