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Luke Fischer to transfer to Marquette

Luke Fischer, who informed IU Coach Tom Crean on Dec. 30 of his decision to withdraw from IU, announced on Twitter this morning that he has decided to transfer to Marquette University to play basketball for the Golden Eagles.

“I am excited to say I will be transferring to Marquette University to play for Coach Williams and the Golden Eagles,” he tweeted. “Marquette allows me to be closer to home while playing at the highest level for a great academic institution.”

Fischer tweeted that he and his family narrowed down his options to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Creighton University and Marquette. On Jan. 1, Fischer tweeted that he would not consider any Big Ten schools out of respect for Crean and IU.

The 6-foot-11 center will have to sit out the spring semester of this season and the fall semester of the 2014-15 season due to NCAA Division I transfer rules. Assuming Fischer fulfills his academic requirements at Marquette, he will be eligible to play for the Golden Eagles in the spring semester of the 2014-15 season.

Fischer will fill a void in Marquette’s frontcourt. Redshirt senior center Chris Otule, who is listed at 6-foot-11, is the only player on the Golden Eagles’ roster who is taller than 6-foot-8. Marquette will also lose 6-foot-8 forward Davante Gardner and 6-foot-7 forward Jamil Wilson to graduation following this season.

Marquette will have a five-player freshman class in 2014 but 6-foot-10 center Satchel Pierce is the only one who plays Fischer’s position, meaning the former Hoosier will be one of the two true low post players on Buzz Williams’ squad.

In addition to the opportunity to have a lot of playing time as a Golden Eagle, Marquette’s location appears to have been one of the deciding factors in Fischer’s decision. Marquette University is roughly a half an hour drive from Fischer’s hometown of Germantown, Wisc.

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Takeaways and observations from the opening weekend of March Madness

The madness is under way and it is as awesome as ever. Nine lower seeded teams won in the first (technically the second) round. Four more upsets occurred en route to the Sweet Sixteen. Here are some takeaways, observations, facts, and figures about the first three rounds of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament:

  • A No. 12 seed has defeated a No. 5 seed in 11 of the past 12 seasons and in 22 of the past 24 years. 2013 was no exception; in fact, it was even more extreme than normal. Three No. 12 seeds (Oregon, California, and Ole Miss) pulled off an upset against a No. 5 seed (Oklahoma State, UNLV, and Wisconsin).
  • For the first time ever, a No. 3, No. 4, and No. 5 seed in the same region lost in the round of 64. New Mexico, Kansas State, and Wisconsin were defeated in the West Region.
  • The Mountain West, which was the toughest conference in the country in the regular season according to RPI, has been completely eliminated from the tournament after a 2-5 showing for its five teams that made the tourney.
  • The Pac-12 may have been under-seeded and is getting hot at the right time. Two Pac-12 teams with No. 12 seeds (California and Oregon) defeated No. 5 seeds and the conference put two teams (Arizona and Oregon) in the Sweet Sixteen. Arizona defeated No. 11 seed Belmont by 17 points and No. 14 seed Harvard by 23. Oregon topped No. 5 seed Oklahoma State by 13 points and No. 4 seed Saint Louis by 17.
  • Teams from the state of Florida are 6-0 and all three (No. 2 seed Miami, No. 3 seed Florida, and No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast) are in the Sweet Sixteen. Florida and Florida Gulf Coast will face each other on Friday.
  • Big Ten Tournament Champion Wisconsin is the only Big Ten team that did not win a game in the tournament. The conference is 10-3 and has a team in the Sweet Sixteen in each region.
  • For the third year in a row, there was a matchup between a No. 12 seed and No. 13 seed in the round of 32. No. 12 seed Ole Miss and No. 13 seed La Salle faced off in the West Region. Last year it was No. 12 South Florida and No. 13 Ohio that matched up in the Midwest Region and two years ago No. 12 seed Richmond and No. 13 seed Morehead State played in the Southwest Region.
  • No. 13 seed La Salle is doing its best to model itself after 2011 Virginia Commonwealth, who was a No. 11 seed. The Rams played in the First Four before making a Final Four run, where they lost to No. 8 seed Butler. The La Salle Explorers finished tied for third in the A-10, then defeated No. 13 seed Boise State, No. 4 seed Kansas State, and No. 12 seed Ole Miss to reach the Sweet Sixteen. They will face No. 9 seed Wichita State on Thursday.
No. 13 seed La Salle will attempt to follow Virginia Commonwealth's footsteps as a First Four team to make the Final Four. (Image courtesy of www.usatoday.com)
No. 13 seed La Salle will attempt to follow Virginia Commonwealth’s footsteps as a First Four team to make the Final Four. (Image courtesy of http://www.usatoday.com)
  • Only two of the four Naismith Award finalists remain in the tournament–Indiana’s Victor Oladipo and Michigan’s Trey Burke. Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr. and Creighton’s Doug McDermott did not make it out of the first weekend.
  • The main color of the past nine NCAA Champions was blue. Eight (Duke, La Salle, Arizona, Marquette, Florida Gulf Coast, Florida, Michigan, and Kansas) of the remaining schools have blue as their main color.

Bracketology Report: Cincinnati Bearcats

Cincinnati Bearcats—(19-7, 7-6)—10th in the Big East

Strength of schedule: 31

RPI: 42

BPI: 21

Good wins:

  • 77-66 vs. Oregon
  • 70-61 @ Pittsburgh
  • 71-69 OT vs. Marquette

Bad losses:

  • 54-50 @ Providence

Remaining schedule:

  • 2/21 @ Connecticut
  • 2/24 @ No. 24 Notre Dame
  • 3/2 vs. Connecticut
  • 3/4 @ Louisville
  • 3/9 vs. South Florida

Even though Cincinnati has six conference losses and sits towards the bottom of the Big East standings, the Bearcats have been competitive in every game they’ve played in this season. Four of their losses have come against ranked opponents and another was against an unranked New Mexico squad that is now No. 16. UC has lost two games by one point, in addition to three other losses by six points or fewer. The Bearcats have proven that they’re a tough out but they lack quality conference wins, which are readily available in a conference with six ranked teams.

Cincinnati has held its opponents below 70 points on 23 occasions this season. However, the Bearcats’ offense leaves them susceptible to close losses in low-scoring games. Junior guard Sean Kilpatrick leads the team with his 18 points per game average on 41.6% shooting. Senior guards Cashmere Wright and JaQuon Parker are the only other Bearcats to average in double figures in scoring. UC’s offense is too guard heavy and Cincinnati is lacking an inside scoring presence that the team had last season with center Yancy Gates.

Cincinnati junior guard Sean Kilpatrick leads the team with an 18 points per game scoring average. (Image courtesy of bleacherreport.com)
Cincinnati junior guard Sean Kilpatrick leads the team with an 18 points per game scoring average. (Image courtesy of bleacherreport.com)

Cincinnati’s résumé is certainly tournament worthy but the Bearcats still have lots of room for improvement. At this point, UC is on pace for a seven, eight or nine seed. With four games remaining against Louisville, Notre Dame and Connecticut, who are fourth, fifth, and sixth in the Big East, respectively, the Bearcats could move up to a No. 4 or No. 5 seed if they run the table. A strong showing in the Big East Tournament would allow Cincinnati to be in the discussion as a No. 5 or No. 6 seed.

Prediction: Cincinnati will lose at Connecticut and Notre Dame, then end its three-game losing streak with a home victory over UConn. The Bearcats will lose on the road to Louisville and end the regular season with a win over South Florida to finish the season 21-10 (9-9). UC will be the No. 10 seed in the Big East Tournament. Cincinnati will win its first game and lose the second. The Bearcats will be a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

College basketball stock report for week 16

After five consecutive weeks of teams moving up to the No. 1 spot one week and then back down the next as if there was a revolving door for the top spot, Indiana has held on to the No. 1 rank for the past three weeks. Miami (FL) has continued its ascent up in the polls from No. 25, No. 14, No. 8, and No. 3 to No. 2 and 23 first place votes behind the Hoosiers.

The Big East leads all conferences with six ranked teams, followed by the Big Ten with five and Big 12 with three.

With three weeks left of regular season conference play, here is my college basketball stock report:

BUY

Michigan State Spartans-(22-4, 11-2)-Ever since losing by five on the road to No. 7 Indiana, the Spartans have rattled off five wins in a row, including a 23-point drubbing of No. 4 Michigan. Michigan State is tied for first in the Big Ten with the opportunity to have sole possession of first place with a game against No. 1 Indiana tonight in East Lansing, Mich.

Adreian Payne and Michigan State are heating up as March approaches. The Spartans are tied with No. 1 Indiana for first place in the Big Ten entering their game on Tuesday.(Image courtesy of buckey extra.dispatch.com)
Adreian Payne and Michigan State are heating up as March approaches. The Spartans are tied with No. 1 Indiana for first place in the Big Ten entering their game on Tuesday.
(Image courtesy of buckey extra.dispatch.com)

Georgetown Hoyas-(19-4, 9-3)-The Hoyas have taken advantage of Syracuse’s three losses in the Orange’s last six games; Georgetown has won seven straight games, including three against ranked Big East opponents, and is in a three-way tie for first place.

Gonzaga Bulldogs-(25-2, 12-0)-Gonzaga has won 16 of its last 17 games and the Bulldogs’ only loss in the new year was a one-point defeat at the hands of Roosevelt Jones and the Butler Bulldogs on the road. Gonzaga played and defeated the four teams remaining on its schedule by an average of nearly 13 points this season. It would be no surprise if the Bulldogs do not lose until the NCAA Tournament.

SELL

Butler Bulldogs-(21-5, 8-3)-Butler has proven that its best is very good after the Bulldogs defeated No. 1 Indiana in December. However, Butler has lost three of its past eight games. Even though the Bulldogs play in an improved A-10, they have gradually fallen from their top 10 ranking.

Michigan Wolverines-(22-4, 9-4)-There is no doubt that the Wolverines have a roster that has the ability to play in Atlanta for the Final Four but Michigan has slipped up several times lately. The Wolverines lost three of their past five games. All four of Michigan’s losses this season have come on the road and the No. 7 team in the country will have to be able to play away from Ann Arbor, Mich. in order to go deep in the tournament.

Cincinnati Bearcats-(19-7, 7-6)-Cincinnati has been ranked for most of the season but fell out of the top 25 this week after losing three of their past four games and four of seven. All of the Bearcats’ losses have been by ten points or fewer, with four of them being by less than five points, UC has struggled to emerge as one of the best teams in the Big East. Cincinnati is tied for ninth in the conference with games against Connecticut, Notre Dame and Louisville remaining on its schedule. The Bearcats were projected to be a No. 3 seed in ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s projected NCAA Tournament but they are falling quickly.

HOLD

Notre Dame Fighting Irish-(21-6, 9-5)-In the past two weeks, Notre Dame defeated No. 11 Louisville in five overtimes and No. 20 Pittsburgh on the road. However, the Fighting Irish also lost to No. 9 Syracuse by 16 and unranked Providence by 17. Notre Dame has a lot of potential but the team has been too inconsistent.

Marquette Golden Eagles-(18-6, 9-3)-With the exception of a loss at Green Bay in December, Marquette does not have any horrible losses this season. The Golden Eagles were routed by Florida and Louisville, two teams that have been at the top of the polls for most of the season, but they have faired well in their conference schedule. Marquette hasn’t proven that it’s a great team but has exceeded expectations in one of college basketball’s toughest conferences. With four road games and two matchups against ranked opponents remaining on their schedule, the Golden Eagles have a challenging home stretch before the Big East Tournament.

Hoosiers women’s tennis to face Marshall for first time Sunday

The No. 51 IU women’s tennis team defeated Marquette, Western Michigan and Butler by a margin of 7-0 in each match last weekend to extend its record to 5-0. The team will be back in action Sunday, Feb. 3.

The Hoosiers will travel to Huntington, W.Va. to face the Marshall Thundering Herd at 10 a.m.

Marshall is 2-1 in the spring season. The Thundering Herd defeated Eastern Michigan 4-3 and Morehead State 5-2. The team’s only loss was against West Virginia last Saturday.

IU’s doubles combination of senior Leslie Hureau and junior Sophie Garre is No. 31 in the country. Marshall does not have any ranked singles or doubles players.

Sunday’s dual match will be the first time IU has ever faced Marshall. Even though this weekend will be the Hoosiers’ first dual match against the Thundering Herd, IU Coach Lin Loring said the team is preparing according to its normal routine in the practices leading up to a dual match.

“We just have to worry about us and that’s pretty much what we’ve done,” he said. “We always have some notes on the other players and some basic game plans but we just have to keep doing things a little better.”

Loring said that every week the team picks one or two things they want to improve upon. He said they’ve done a pretty good job at getting better in one or two areas in each week and they need to continue that trend in order to win.

Even though Sunday’s dual match will be the first between the two schools, Loring said he is familiar with Marshall’s coaches.

“I’ve known the coaches for a long time,” he said. “We’ve just never played them. We finally decided we would try to get a home and away going with them because it’s like a five hour drive, so it’s reasonable.”

Two of the coaches, John and Laurie Mercer, are married and have both been Marshall’s women’s tennis head coach. Loring said Laurie Mercer used to be the head coach before having their third child and then John took over.

This weekend’s match will be atypical because there are only five courts at Marshall’s tennis facility.

“That throws a little different wrinkle in the match, especially if the match is live when the last court goes on for the first turnover,” Loring said. “We know it’s going to be a long day because we have to turn the courts an extra time so that throws in a little challenge.”

Most college tennis centers have at least six courts so that all six singles matches can be played at the same time in a dual match.

Not only will the number of courts add a challenge to the dual match but so will the condition of Marshall’s courts.

“To tell you the truth, I don’t know about their courts,” Loring said. “I don’t know if they’re fast or slow. We’ll get there Saturday and have a practice before we play them Sunday but I really don’t know much about them.”

No. 50 IU yet to allow a point in 2012-13 season

The No. 50 IU women’s tennis team continued its perfect start to the spring season with three more 7-0 victories this weekend.

IU has won all five of its dual matches this season by that margin.

Despite the women’s early season success, IU Coach Lin Loring said the team has not let the perfect record get to their heads.

“All the girls know the things we’re working on and we don’t really talk about winning and losing or scores,” Loring said. “There are just certain things we want to do better so we keep on working on those. It really wouldn’t matter what the score of those matches were, we still have certain things that we want to keep working on.”

On Saturday morning, the Hoosiers won their third consecutive dual match without losing a singles or doubles match when they defeated Marquette 7-0. All seven singles players won their matches in consecutive sets.

At the No. 1 position, senior Leslie Hureau defeated Ana Pimienta 6-3, 6-0. Sophomore Alecia Kauss won the No. 2 singles match against Rocio Diaz 7-6 (2), 6-3.

In doubles, Hureau and junior Sophie Garre defeated Diaz and Ali Dawson 8-3. Sophomores Carolyn Chupa and Katie Klyczek topped Dawson and Erin Gebes 8-5. Sophomore Shannon Murdy and Kauss won their match against Aleeza Kanner/Aina Hernandez Soler 8-4.

IU swept Western Michigan and last week’s MAC Player of the Week, Nini Sujashvili, on Sunday morning.

In the No. 1 singles match, Hureau defeated Sujaskvili 6-1, 6-2. Klyczek followed suit at No. 2 by beating Kathleen Hawkins by the same margin in straight sets.

IU won all three doubles matches against Western Michigan by 8-1 scores.

Loring said the team’s doubles play was one of the most complete performances the team has had in a long time.

“This weekend, specifically today, I was really pleased with our doubles against Western Michigan,” he said. “We served well. We returned well. We played good defense and it was about as complete a team match of doubles that we’ve had in quite a while. When the girls realized that they were playing a match that they were probably going to win, they didn’t let up.”

IU finished its busy weekend by dominating Butler on Sunday afternoon.

Junior Gabrielle Rubenstein played for the Bulldogs during her first two years of college before joining the Hoosiers last August. She won her singles match against Clare Cornelius, 6-0, 6-0.

“It’s always a little bit weird but I want to represent IU well and win,” she said. “It’s competition, and you can’t take friendships into account in competition.”

Butler was IU’s third opponent in two days and the Hoosiers finished the weekend with the team’s fifth consecutive 7-0 victory and third straight dual without losing a set.

“We do a good job of stretching afterwards and making sure to eat right and hydrate,” Rubenstein said. “That’s what you really need to recover between that many matches.”

IU swept the six singles matches and did not lose a single game in half of them. Senior Jithmie Jayawickrema and Garre joined Rubenstein in defeating their opponents 6-0, 6-0. Kauss won the No. 2 match 6-0, 6-2. Chupa and Hureau capped off IU’s perfect singles performance with 6-1, 6-3 victories.

Rubenstein credited IU’s success to the women’s abilities to stick to their individual game plans.

“Every match we just try to go into focusing on specific goals for our own matches and what we want to work on and improve on,” she said. “You want to stay focused on your game plan, and it’s not necessarily about the score. It’s always about trying to improve every single match.”

The Hoosiers have a lighter schedule next weekend when they face Marshall at 10 a.m. Sunday in Huntington, W.Va.

Loring said the Hoosiers will not play this many weekend dual matches as the season progresses.

“As we get further in the season, we don’t do that because we want our legs under us, and we’ll be getting tired,” he said. “It was good for today, but we’d never do that on the road because we’re a little fresher at home. Sometimes things come out in your game when you’re tired so it was good for us.”

IU women’s tennis to play three duals over weekend

After an opening weekend in which the IU women’s tennis team defeated both Miami (Ohio) and Cincinnati 7-0, the No. 50 Hoosiers will play three dual matches this weekend at the IU Tennis Center.

The team will face Marquette 11 a.m. Saturday. The women will then compete against Western Michigan at 11 a.m. and Butler at 4 p.m. Sunday.

While IU has not competed against any of the three opponents in a dual match this school year, the women’s tennis team is familiar with Marquette and Western Michigan after playing against them in tournaments.

IU competed against Marquette and Western Michigan in the Western Michigan University Super Challenge last November. In their head-to-head matches, the Hoosiers were 2-0 in both singles and doubles against the Golden Eagles.

IU split its two singles matches against Western Michigan in the tournament.

IU Coach Lin Loring said Western Michigan usually finishes in the top two teams in the Mid-American Conference and the best MAC schools are capable of beating Big Ten schools.

Two weeks ago, Marquette played in the four-team adidas IU Winter Invitational. IU posted a 2-0 record in singles and was 6-0 in doubles play against MU.

“We have notes from playing them last year and playing them this year so that will help prepare us,” Loring said. “We’ll know what their tendencies are in singles and doubles and we’ll prepare accordingly.”

Sophomore Carolyn Chupa said IU will prepare the same way as when the team played Marquette and Western Michigan in tournaments earlier in the season. However, she said the team’s mindset will be different this time around since it is playing dual matches instead of a tournament.

IU also has a connection to Butler, who Loring said is the weakest of the Hoosiers’ three opponents on paper. Junior Gabrielle Rubenstein transferred to IU in August after playing for Butler in her first two years of college.

None of IU’s opponents are ranked as a team and the Hoosiers will not face any ranked singles players or doubles combinations. IU’s pair of players from France, junior Sophie Garre and senior Leslie Hureau, are No. 31 in doubles.

Marquette is 1-1 in dual matches this season after a 5-2 loss to Minnesota and a 6-1 win against Montana.

Similar to IU, Western Michigan is off to a 2-0 start after a pair of 7-0 victories against Dayton and Valpariaso.

Butler is 1-0 after a 5-2 win against Dayton.

Chupa said she was out last weekend with the flu and there are a few minor injuries with which players are dealing. However, Loring said the ailments will not set the team back.

“Between the flu and the stomach virus going around, that could all change by Saturday, but right now everybody is healthy,” Loring said.

He said IU’s biggest challenge this weekend will be playing three matches in two days. Even though the Hoosiers are returning to full strength, he said the team has “pretty good depth” in case a player aggravates a previous injury or becomes ill.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to rotate some people around if anybody does get a little nagging injury or if anyone isn’t feeing well,” Loring said. “Western Michigan is playing a match Saturday before they come here so I think there will be a level playing field.”

IU women’s tennis dominates opponents without dropping a match

The No. 49 Indiana Hoosiers women’s tennis team traveled to Cincinnati on Saturday to play its first dual matches of the season against Miami (OH) and Cincinnati. The women did not lose a singles or doubles match against either team and Indiana is off to a 2-0 start in the spring season.

IU Coach Lin Loring said that it was a good experience for the team to play a couple of matches on the road to start the season.

“We knew that we were probably favored in both matches and I don’t think we played down to the competition,” he said. “We played at a pretty good level and there were a couple of matches that we dropped a set but I thought that our opponents played very well. We did a good job of winning those so all in all I think it will help our confidence as we prepare for harder matches.”

The Hoosiers played the Miami RedHawks on Saturday morning and they won five of their six singles matches in straight stats.

At the No. 1 position, senior Leslie Hureau defeated Nimisha Mohan 6-2, 6-1. In the No. 2 and final singles match against Miami, sophomore Alecia Kauss came from behind to defeat Christiana Raymond 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-8) to finish the perfect singles record for Indiana.

In the No. 1 doubles match, the No. 31 combination of junior Sohpie Garre and Hureau defeated Raymond/ Christine Guerrazzi 8-1.

After defeating Miami 7-0, Indiana repeated its success with another 7-0 win against Cincinnati.

The only change made between the matches was Alecia Kauss and sophomore Katie Klyczek switching singles positions so that Klyczek was in the No. 2 spot against Cincinnati. IU Coach Loring said that both women have been playing at a pretty equal level and further adjustments could have been made if sophomore Carolyn Chupa had not been sick over the weekend.

Similarly to the Hoosiers’ singles wins against the RedHawks, the women won five matches in straight sets. In the No. 1 match, Hureau defeated Jasmine Lee 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 5, sophomore Shannon Murdy defeated Sierra Sullivan 3-6, 6-0, 1-0 (10-5) to complete the 6-0 singles record against Cincinnati.

In doubles, Garre/Hureau bested Lee/Caitlin O’Gara 8-3 in the No. 1 match.

Overall, IU Coach Loring said that the women played best in doubles. He said that it’s always an area in which an underdog team can keep the matches close due to doubles being more team-oriented than singles matches.

Indiana has a week off before the women’s tennis team hosts Marquette next Saturday at 11 a.m.

IU’s Kauss named Big Ten women’s tennis Athlete of the Week

Indiana University sophomore Alecia Kauss was named the Big Ten women’s tennis Athlete of the Week on Tuesday. Kauss, a native of Overland Park, Kan. and graduate of Blue Valley West High School, earned the honor after winning all seven of her matches in the adidas IU Winter Invitational, which was held at the IU Tennis Center over the weekend. It is her first time being recognized as Big Ten women’s tennis Athlete of the Week.

She was 2-0 in singles play in the second flight with wins against Bowling Green’s Nikki Chiricosta 6-4, 6-2 and Missouri’s Rachel Stuhlman 7-5, 6-3.

The sophomore had five doubles victories with three different teammates over the weekend. Kauss and sophomore Shannon Murdy defeated Bowling Green’s Maddy Eccleston/Katie Grubb 9-8 (5). Along with fellow sophomore Katie Kylczek, she topped Missouri’s Cierra Gaytan-Leach/Elisha Gabb 9-7 and Rocio Diaz/Erin Gebes of Marquette 8-6. With junior Sophie Garre as her doubles partner, Kauss won matches against Marquette’s Aleeza Kanner/Gebes 8-2 and Gaytan-Leach/Gabb of Missouri 9-8 (6).

Kauss is coming off of a freshman year in which she went 21-15 in singles play and 21-9 in doubles matches. In her 2012-13 campaign, she is 6-4 in singles, with two losses to nationally ranked opponents, and 11-3 in doubles matches.

The Hoosiers will be back in action this Saturday when they travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to face Miami (OH) and Cincinnati in the first dual matches of the spring season.

Indiana University women’s tennis team dominates Adidas IU Winter Invitational

The adidas IU Winter Invitational was the IU women’s tennis team’s first competition in two months and the team’s final chance to fine-tune its game before heading into dual matches.

The No. 49 Hoosiers hosted No. 52 Missouri, Marquette and Bowling Green over the weekend in a tournament that was organized into seven singles flights and one doubles flight.

“It was really important to get a lot of matches in because the last time we played was the first week of November, so it was important to play before we start dual matches,” IU Coach Lin Loring said.

On Friday, Indiana was 7-1 in singles matches and picked up two wins in doubles matches.

Senior Leslie Hureau defeated Bowling Green’s No. 87 Emily Reuland 6-4, 6-2 in the top flight. Sophomore Alecia Kauss, junior Sophie Garre, sophomore Katie Klyczek and junior Gabrielle Rubenstein also won their matches in straight sets.

Sophomore Carolyn Chupa and senior Jithmie Jayawickrema won their matches in tie-breakers against Bowling Green’s Katie Brozovich and Marquette’s Vanessa Foltiner, respectively.

In doubles play, Jayawickrema and Rubenstein teamed up to beat Bowling Green’s Reuland/Nikki Chiricosta 8-4. Kauss and sophomore Shannon Murdy battled with the Bowling Green pairing of Maddy Eccleston/Katie Grubb before winning a tie-breaker 9-8 (5).

The team continued its success on Saturday by going 6-1 in singles. In doubles, the Hoosiers were 6-2, and three different Indiana pairings won two matches.

Hureau and Garre defeated Marquette’s Aleeza Kanner/Ana Pimienta and Bowling Green’s Reuland/Eccleston by 8-3 margins. Chupa and Rubenstein topped Missouri’s Rachel Stuhlman/Maria Christensen 8-6 and Cierra Gaytan-Leach/Elisha Gabb, the No. 26 doubles team in the country, 8-3. Kauss and Kylczek bested Gaytan-Leach/Gabb 9-7 and Marquette’s Rocio Diaz/Erin Gebes 8-6.

Indiana finished the tournament with a perfect doubles record of 6-0 on Sunday. The Kauss/Garre, Chupa/Klyczek and Rubenstein/Jayawickrema duos each won two matches.

Kauss and Garre capped off Indiana’s undefeated day with a win against Gaytan-Leach and Gabb. The pair of Hoosiers took a 6-3 lead before their opponents stormed back to tie the match. With their teammates cheering them on from an adjacent court, Kauss and Garre won the tie-breaker 9-8 (6).

Not only did the Hoosiers win most of their doubles matches but they did so with many different doubles pairings. In fact, Loring used eight different doubles combinations during the weekend.

“What was good for us is we had a couple kids out at different times with injuries, and we won a lot of the doubles,” Loring said. “I was pleased that everyone was able to adjust and play with new partners and still play some good doubles.”

Overall, Indiana was 13-2 in its singles matches and 14-3 in doubles play.

While IU had success in the weekend’s tournament, Loring said the women’s tennis team still has room for improvement as it heads into dual matches.

“We have to lob better in doubles, we have to serve better in doubles, and those are the two big things that we need to do better in doubles,” Loring said. “I think our singles is coming along pretty well.”

The Hoosiers will face Miami (Ohio) and Cincinnati Jan. 19, when the team travels to Cincinnati for its first dual matches of the season.