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Roberson finds success against Michigan Wolverines

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — For the first time since Sept. 1, 2012, redshirt sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson led the Hoosiers in passing yards.

On Saturday at Michigan, he replaced sophomore Nate Sudfeld, who has started the past five games for IU, after the Wolverines took an early lead.

Roberson threw for a career-high 288 yards in a losing effort as the Wolverines escaped the Hoosiers’ second half push to win 63-47.

With heavy rain pouring down on Ann Arbor for most of the day, IU Coach Kevin Wilson said the weather may have hindered Sudfeld’s effectiveness against Michigan.

Sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson looks to the scoreboard after IU's game against the University of Michigan on Saturday at Michigan Stadium. (BEN MIKESELL | IDS)
Sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson looks to the scoreboard after IU’s game against the University of Michigan on Saturday at Michigan Stadium.

Sudfeld played the entire first quarter, completing five of nine passes for 85 yards.

IU scored first when Sudfeld found junior wide receiver Cody Latimer for a 59-yard touchdown.

“These last couple games, it’s just kind of been if we need a shot in the arm,” Wilson said about Roberson replacing Sudfeld this season.

Sudfeld said the ball may have slipped a few times, but he said he felt IU’s offense was doing all right with him in the game.

However, Sudfeld and Wilson said the weather presented a better opportunity for
Roberson, who has more of a running threat, to be successful.

Roberson played almost the entire second and third quarters.

Sudfeld’s only two plays in the third quarter were when Roberson’s helmet was knocked off by a Michigan defender and, by rule, Roberson was forced to go to the sideline for at least one play.

In the middle two quarters, Roberson was 12 of 18 for 232 yards and three touchdowns.

Trailing 49-47 with eight minutes 34 seconds remaining in the game, IU got a stop on its own goal line when Wolverines quarterback Devin Gardner fumbled a snap and IU linebacker David Cooper pounced on the loose ball.

When IU took over after the turnover, Roberson was injured on the Hoosiers’ first play on the ensuing drive.

Roberson said his hand will occasionally cramp, and before second down, he felt his hand was “stuck.”

“I couldn’t open it up, so I had to go out,” he said.

Wilson said the coaching staff initially thought Roberson broke his hand on the play.

“His thumb was pointed cockeyed,” Wilson said.

Sudfeld, who hadn’t played since IU’s first drive of the second half, replaced Roberson but threw an interception on his first pass attempt.

“We’re always taught to stay ready,” Roberson said. “He was ready, so he gave it a good shot, and they just made a good play on the ball.”

On first-and-10 from IU’s 14-yard line, Sudfeld saw that Latimer had a few steps on the cornerback defending him and threw a 20-yard pass down the sideline.

Michigan safety Thomas Gordon was providing defensive support over top and leaped in front of Latimer for the interception.

“I mean, that one stinks because you want to come in and lead the drive,” Sudfeld said. “(I was) just trying to do too much, but I got to be ready at all times. That’s my fault … just a bad mistake on my part.”

Roberson had a trainer rub his hand while he was on the sideline, and he returned to the field for the Hoosiers’ next possession.

He engineered a nine-play, 45-yard drive, but was picked off at Michigan’s 6-yard line after a miscommunication with junior wide receiver Nick Stoner.

“It was a bad decision by me,” Roberson said. “I thought he was doing something different, and I threw the pass, which I really shouldn’t have, and it was all on me.”

Roberson finished 16-23 on pass attempts for 288 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

He also added 50 rushing yards and a touchdown on the ground. The quarterback tandem combined for 24 of 42 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns.

Despite the Hoosiers’ air attack, IU’s pair of interceptions ended critical fourth quarter drives, and the turnovers thwarted potential comeback attempts.

Senior wide receiver Kofi Hughes said the offense’s first priority is to take care of the ball.

“Our defense created turnovers today,” he said, “but when we turn the ball over it’s like it never happened, so, as an offense, we can’t turn the ball over.”

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IU to play Michigan

For the second time in two weeks, IU will travel to the Great Lake State for a conference matchup.

IU will go to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face Michigan as the Wolverines look to recover from a 43-40 loss in quadruple overtime at Penn State last week.

The Hoosiers (3-3, 1-1) haven’t faced Michigan (5-1, 1-1) since 2010, and none of the players currently on IU’s roster have played at Michigan Stadium.

Michigan has historically been a challenging opponent for IU on paper.

IU is 9-52 all-time against the Wolverines, and the team’s last win came almost 26 years ago to the day of Saturday’s matchup.

Sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld looks to pass during IU's game agaisnt Michigan State on Oct. 12 at Spartan Stadium. IU lost 42-28. (BEN MIKESELL | IDS)
Sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld looks to pass during IU’s game agaisnt Michigan State on Oct. 12 at Spartan Stadium. IU lost 42-28.

IU Coach Kevin Wilson said the Michigan football program is as good as any in the country.

“It is a quality program, tradition, team, talent, facilities, coaching,” he said. “It’s a great challenge, great opportunity, and look forward to this week for our kids working with it.”

Similar to Wilson, Michigan Coach Brady Hoke began his Big Ten coaching career in 2011.

The Wolverines are 24-8 under Hoke, and Michigan has not lost at home since his arrival.

“To play on the road and to win on the road is difficult,” Wilson said.

Dealing with the road atmosphere won’t be the only challenge the Hoosiers will face at the Big House.

Michigan junior quarterback Devin Gardner is a dual-threat player under center who has averaged almost 300 all-purpose yards per game this season.

“He’s not truly a running quarterback,” Wilson said. “He’s a guy that would just pick his spots. They do some designed quarterback run but not a lot.”

The Wolverines are a run-first offense, rushing the ball on almost 63 percent of their snaps.

Mallory said allowing explosive plays is holding the Hoosiers back from playing good defense.

Michigan State rushed for a combined 103 yards on three separate carries last Saturday.

Wilson said Michigan looks to run the ball 35 to 50 times per game and complement its rushing attack with 25 to 30 pass attempts.

“Two good players with receiver Jeremy Gallon and their tight end Funchess, a really good mismatch and a very good receiving tight end,” Wilson said.

He said when defenses cover Gallon and Funchess, they don’t cover Gardner.

“He has a nice knack of going through progression one and two and scrambling out and getting five and six and eight yards, extending plays,” Wilson said.

Gardner’s ability to escape the pocket could be problematic for an IU defense that allowed Michigan State to convert a first down on 10 of its 14 third down plays last weekend.

“If you cannot get off the field on third down with as many opportunities as we had, you don’t have a chance to be successful,” Mallory said. “Those are the things we’re trying to get corrected.”

Wilson said facing Michigan’s offense will be a challenge and an opportunity that the Hoosiers anticipate.

“It’s obvious from last game we’ve got to keep making defensive strides, consistency,” Wilson said.

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IU Coach Lin Loring on WGCL 95.9 FM with Joe Smith

On Tuesday evening at 6 p.m., IU Coach Lin Loring was a guest on the Joe Smith Report on WGCL 95.9 FM, live from Yogi’s Grill & Bar in Bloomington.

Loring said that the women are really excited for the Big Ten Tournament, which begins on Thursday in Bloomington. He said that a lot of parents will be in town for the tournament, including senior Leslie Hureau’s parents, who are traveling from France to see their daughter’s final home match(es).

Loring said that hosting the tournament is a huge benefit for the women’s academics.

“They realize what an advantage it is to be here and finals start Monday,” he said. “A couple years ago were in the airport in Minnesota on Sunday night with finals on Monday.”

Loring stressed the importance of academics for the IU women’s tennis team, which can be seen through the team’s 3.63 GPA last fall as well as the team’s dominance in winning the Herbert Cup.

“We started an award after him [former IU President Herbert] and there had never been anything like that before and that really put it out front,” he said. “It has become a tradition on the team and they take a lot of pride winning that each semester.”

He said that the team has had a lot of success athletically in addition to the women’s achievements in the classroom.

“When we’ve had everybody in the lineup, we’re 7-1, including a win against Michigan, so we’ve beaten the No. 1 seed in the conference,” Loring said. “This is probably the first time in 15 years that we’ve beat two top 10 teams. If we have everybody in the lineup, we can beat anybody in the country.”

He said that the goal of the IU women’s tennis team is to be as good as possible and he said that the Hoosiers have accomplished their goal several times this season.

Despite victories against No. 2 Duke and No. 10 Michigan, Loring acknowledged that the season has been a roller coaster ride. He said that injuries and the coaching staff not making the right personnel decisions have been two challenges for the Hoosiers this spring.

“We’ve done what I thought we could do, it took some time to get there,” he said.

Loring said that IU’s singles play has been the team’s strength this season.

“I think except for one team this year, we’ve split the singles or won four or more [singles matches],” he said. “If we win the doubles point, we’re confident that we can win the match.”

When Loring looked ahead to the Big Ten Tournament, he said that in order for matches to be played outdoors, it must be at least 50 degrees and there must be less than 20 mile per hour wind.

“We’ve actually played really well outdoors but unfortunately with the way the spring has been we haven’t had too many opportunities to play outdoors,” he said. “We’re confident that whatever way the weather holds this weekend we can do well.”

Loring said that he can’t think of a more competitive season of Big Ten women’s tennis in his 35 years at the helm of the Hoosiers.

“There was a four-way tie at eighth and the teams are so close that they had trouble breaking the tie at the conference office,” he said. “I don’t think we’ve had 3 teams in the top 15 at the end of the season. There is depth at the top and depth at the bottom.”

Loring said that he feels good and the women are really excited knowing that they’re going to be at full strength.

“I think the girls feel really confident going into that first match and they know that they have to take care of business before looking ahead to Northwestern,” he said.

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IU women’s tennis regular season wrap-up and Big Ten Tournament preview

After losing to No. 47 Illinois and No. 16 Northwestern, the No. 34 IU women’s tennis team finished the regular season 17-8 (6-5). The Hoosiers placed sixth in the Big Ten.

IU Coach Lin Loring said that he thinks Indiana would have defeated Illinois if all of the women had been healthy for Friday’s match. Sophomore Carolyn Chupa did not play due to a concussion. Loring said that senior Leslie Hureau has been playing hurt for the past three weeks and that sophomore Katie Klyczek is dealing with a hamstring injury.

“Even though we’ve played a little bit injured we’ve played well against Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska,” Loring said.  “I think we’ve been playing well and it’s just a matter of if we get everybody in the lineup for the Big Tens, I’m confidant that we can play pretty well.”

He said that Chupa will undergo a concussion test on Monday and the team will not know the results until later in the week.

Loring said that the team is off on Monday, which leaves Tuesday and Wednesday for the Hoosiers to prepare for the Big Ten Tournament. Indiana is hosting the tournament at the IU Tennis Center. First round matches begin on Thursday and the final match will be played on Sunday.

The top four teams in the conference—Michigan, Nebraska, Northwestern, and Purdue—will have first round byes.

As the No. 6 seed, Indiana will play the No. 11 seed on Thursday. Minnesota, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Iowa are all tied at 3-8. IU will face one of those four schools depending on the conference tiebreaker rules.

“I had a couple of phone calls on the bus ride back from the front office,” Loring said. “The rules aren’t totally clear as to how we interpret the tiebreaker rules because it’s never had to have been used for four teams. One way you interpret it we play Wisconsin and another way you interpret it we play Minnesota.”

Loring said that he thinks Indiana will face Minnesota.

“I think that’s the way you interpret the rule but to tell you the truth I may not know, we have a conference call at two tomorrow, and if they haven’t figured it out by then the coaches will have to vote on it on the phone call,” he said. “Either way we’re playing at two o’clock on Thursday, we pretty much know that.”

Loring said that preparing for a Big Ten Tournament match will be different than preparing for a regular season match because the Big Ten head coaches will announce their starting lineups on a conference call on Monday afternoon.

“That’s a little bit of a different scenario during the season because you think you know who you’re playing,” he said. “You trade lineups with the coach and they switched the five and the six or the three and the four so unless someone is injured and they pull them out, we’ll know if somebody is playing a left-hander or if someone has a big serve, we’ll know. I don’t think there will be any surprises, we’ll know how to prepare for them and they’ll know how to prepare for us since we just played.”

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IU Coach Lin Loring previews Illinois, Northwestern, and the postseason

The No. 34 IU women’s tennis team (17-6, 6-3) is in fifth place in the Big Ten and has the potential to earn a first round bye in the Big Ten Tournament if the Hoosiers can finish the season as one of the top four teams in the conference. Indiana faces No. 47 Illinois at home on Friday and travels to No. 16 Northwestern on Sunday.

A win against the Wildcats (13-8, 7-2) is critical for IU’s postseason. Northwestern is tied for third place in the conference and the Wildcats are only one win ahead of the Hoosiers.

“Every team is dinged up at this time of the year so a bye is really big and that’s why you normally don’t see teams that don’t get a bye make it to the finals,” Loring said. “It’s the only time of the year when a team would play four matches in four days. Even in the NCAA Tournament there’s a day off in the middle of the tournament so you would in the NCAA Championships play four matches in five days so it’s tough.”

Loring said that if Indiana defeats Northwestern then the Hoosiers will definitely make the NCAA Championships.

“We’ve got a lot of reasons to play well in that match,” he said.

Loring said that IU doesn’t have anything to lose in its match against Northwestern.

“We’re playing on the road against a team ranked way ahead of us so we’ll just go out there and try our best,” he said. “We’ve done it twice before on the road or at a neutral site. We’re not going to be intimidated because we’ve already played Michigan, who beat them (Northwestern) and I believe Duke beat them too.”

“It’s one of those matches where we can just go for it,” Loring said.

He acknowledged that Indiana hasn’t defeated Northwestern in “a while,” and a win against a perennial top 15 team would exemplify how much Indiana has improved since last season.

In 2011-12, the Hoosiers were 4-7 in the Big Ten, finished seventh in the conference, and had freshmen playing in the No. 3 through No. 6 singles positions.

“Everybody has just played a little bit better,” Loring said. “It’s basically the same time minus two of the starters. Kayla (Fujimoto) and Evgeniya (Vertesheva) were both starters last year so it’s pretty amazing when you consider that we don’t have a bunch of new people at the top of the lineup.”

“Basically everybody except for Leslie is playing higher in the lineup than they did last year so it just shows how much we have improved,” he said.

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Sri Lanka native Jayawickrema at home, away from home

For IU senior women’s tennis player Jithmie Jayawickrema, home is Colombo, Sri Lanka, where she first discovered her love for tennis.

“It was pretty much my life,” Jayawickrema said. “I mean, I didn’t have anything else but tennis.”

Jayawickrema started playing when she was 8 years old, and she represented Sri Lanka in the Federation Cup, the world’s largest international women’s tennis team competition, by the time she was 17.

At the junior level for International Tennis Federation play, Jayawickrema compiled 73 total victories. She was a four-time national champion in Sri Lanka from 2005-08, and her ITF junior world ranking peaked at 309.

Jayawickrema attended Bishop’s College in Colombo, Sri Lanka, before committing to Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches, Tex., in January 2011.

“In high school, that was the thing to do, for you to go to the U.S. and get a scholarship to play tennis,” Jayawickrema said. “In my country, there were a lot of people who did that, but for me it was a big deal to come here.”

Last year, Jayawickrema was a first-team All-Southland Conference selection in doubles play after posting a 20-3 record and being ranked as high as No. 17 nationally.

Despite her successes at SFA, Jayawickrema decided she needed a change.

“I talked to the coaches here (at IU), and I really liked them, so I decided to take a visit to see how it was,” Jayawickrema said. “I really liked it.”

She also considered transferring to Purdue, Virginia, N.C. State and Central Florida but ultimately decided to attend IU, where she found her home away from home in Bloomington.

“I liked it here because the coaches made me feel like I’m more welcome, and I’m more comfortable here,” Jayawickrema said. “When I came to visit, they really made me feel like I’m at home.”

Senior Jithmie Jayawickrema transferred to Indiana University from Stephen F. Austin University. (Image courtesy of iuhoosiers.com)
Senior Jithmie Jayawickrema transferred to Indiana University from Stephen F. Austin University. (Image courtesy of iuhoosiers.com)

She said the coaches helped her transition smoothly to IU.

“Both of them are so helpful to me,” Jayawickrema said. “They’re just so nice. They’re some of the nicest coaches I know personally, so it helps you to get through your matches and in the whole season. They care about you.”

Jayawickrema said the team’s preseason goals were to win the Big Ten, get to the NCAA Championships and be ranked in the top 30.

As the season has progressed, the Sri Lanka native, who aspires to go to graduate school to study physical therapy, has had more opportunities to help the Hoosiers accomplish their lofty goals.

“She’s been our first one off the bench up until now,” IU Coach Lin Loring said. “I think she’s excited to be in the starting lineup, and she just needs matches right now. She’s only been in the lineup for three or four starting matches, so she’s still kind of getting her feet wet.”

Loring said Jayawickrema’s biggest match of the season was defeating the No. 13 player in the nation, Nebraska’s Maike Zeppernick, 6-4, 6-4 in the No. 6 singles match April 7.

“I’m hoping that that match will give her a lot of confidence for the rest of the conference season and the Big Ten Tournament and hopefully the NCAA Tournament,” Loring said.

In a competitive conference with four Big Ten teams ranked in the top 25, Jayawickrema might prove to be the spark the Hoosiers need to accomplish their preseason goals. Not only is her 15-1 record in her past 16 singles matches the best for any IU player, but Jayawickrema is 9-1 in the No. 6 singles spot. IU is 7-5 when any other player competes in the same position.

She said IU’s two wins against top 10 opponents, No. 2 Duke and No. 10 Michigan, brought the team together and that the team’s chemistry is peaking at the right time.

In addition to IU’s team unity, the Hoosiers’ home-court advantage will be one of their biggest assets in the postseason.

Jayawickrema said she thinks IU can do well when the team plays host for the Big Ten Tournament at the IU Tennis Center, where the Hoosiers are 10-2 this season.

It is only fitting that in her senior season the Big Ten Tournament is in Bloomington, on a campus she has grown to love as her second home.

“I think (I) just like the atmosphere itself. It’s not like it’s a big city at all,” Jayawickrema said. “I like it that way, and I love the campus.

“Just being around it, you feel like you’re at home. You don’t feel like you’re out of place.”

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‘A vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire.’

“To win without risk is to triumph without glory,” Pierre Corneille, a 17th-century French playwright who has been dubbed the “founder of French tragedy,” wrote.

More than 300 years later, Leslie Hureau, a native of France and an IU senior on the IU women’s tennis team, is wrapping up an illustrious career that was only made possible by taking a risk — one giant leap of faith across “the pond” from Annecy-le-Vieux, France to Bloomington.

Hureau started her tennis career at the age of four when she picked up a tennis racket for the first time.

“Both of my parents played so they just brought me with them and since then I’ve been practicing a lot,” she said. “I was doing skiing at some point but after that it was tennis and obviously when I came here, tennis was a big part of my college life.”

Hureau, who was a top-ranked Alpine skier in France at a young age, said she watched some of her older friends who played at her tennis club go to the United States to play in college, and she knew she would like to continue her career at the collegiate level.

“Among tennis players, there are a reasonable amount of people who do that,” she said.

Despite knowing that playing tennis at a Division I university in the U.S. was an option for her future, Hureau said she didn’t know much about the college selection process.

“Honestly, before I came I didn’t really have a clue,” Hureau said. “I know the American girls, they look at all of the rankings and they talk to so many people.”

IU Coach Lin Loring said Hureau used a college search service in France that eventually culminated in Hureau visiting three American universities with her mother.

She said she didn’t know much about the Big Ten Conference or IU but she visited Bloomington for a campus visit. The Lycée Berthollet product talked to Loring and she found she would have a scholarship to play for the Hoosiers.

“She came over with her mom and her mom speaks fluent English so her mom did most of the talking,” Loring said. “Actually, Leslie didn’t speak a lot of English. I think she understood it, but she didn’t talk a lot and she was shy.”

After visiting campus as well as talking to the coaching staff and players, Hureau was ready to embrace the Cream and Crimson.

“I came on a visit and when I came I thought it was really nice, the campus, the coaches and players,” she said.

Hureau said Loring and IU Associate Head Coach Ramiro Azcui are coaches who don’t just care about tennis.

“They care about you as an individual,” Hureau said. “They want to make sure that I’m okay after college. They’re both great coaches, great people.”

Hureau said her French classmates, who did not come from the same tennis background as her and her tennis peers, did not understand her decision to attend college on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. However, those who questioned her college choice did not see first-hand the opportunities that IU had to offer Hureau.

“It was a really easy decision to come to IU,” she said. Hureau’s decision to attend IU was her first step as she embarked on a collegiate tennis career in the U.S. as the Hoosiers’ No. 1 singles player.

IU senior Leslie Hureau has played in the No. 1 singles position for the Hoosiers since her freshman year and she has compiled nearly 200 wins at IU. (Image courtesy of iuhoosiers.com)
IU senior Leslie Hureau has played in the No. 1 singles position for the Hoosiers since her freshman year and she has compiled nearly 200 wins at IU. (Image courtesy of iuhoosiers.com)

From the start of her college career, Hureau defeated nationally ranked opponents and was recognized with prestigious honors. In her freshman campaign, Hureau was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Rookie of the Year for the Ohio Valley Region as well as she was awarded with First Team All-Big Ten honors after posting a 25-11 singles record.

Hureau’s most successful season individually was her sophomore year when advanced to the round of 16 in the 2011 NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship tournament. She was also honored as a singles All-American selection. Once again, she was named to the All-Big Ten First Team and finished the season ranked No. 57 in singles.

As a junior, Hureau defeated four ranked Big Ten opponents in singles, finished the season ranked No. 77 nationally, and earned First Team All-Big Ten honors for the third consecutive year.

Hureau is 21-12 in singles this season in the No. 1 position for IU and she has defeated three nationally ranked opponents.

Loring said Hureau’s game has become more defined during her time at IU.

“It’s not like she’s learned a new shot that she didn’t have,” he said. “She’s gotten better at what she does and she’s refined the game that she has.”

Despite her on-court successes this season, Hureau’s importance to the IU women’s tennis team extends beyond registering wins in dual matches.

“She’s been our team captain this year and she’s done a great job because we’re still a really young team,” Loring said. “She’s just done a great job setting an example whether it’s in the classroom or on the court. She’s a great senior leader.”

With two regular season dual matches remaining this year, the senior has compiled a 92-46 singles record and 83-54 doubles record over the course of her career at IU.

Despite all of her individual accomplishments and awards, Hureau, who is currently ranked No. 122 in singles, said the IU women’s tennis team defeating two top ten opponents this season in Duke (2nd) and Michigan (10th) is one of her fondest memories from her time in Bloomington.

“I think what’s big about this team is that even though I lost my match against Michigan and Jithmie (Jayawickrema) didn’t play against Duke, we were so happy,” she said.

Hureau said she cried after she lost her singles match against No. 20 Emina Bektas of Michigan because she thought she had let the team down.

“But after that we won and it was just such a great feeling,” Hureau said. “Especially Duke, it was the end of spring break and we had been together for a week and it was just perfect, the perfect ending. We came back home on the plane and we were going crazy.”

Hureau said even though her teammates have changed over the course of her four years at IU, it will be really hard to graduate this spring because she said her best friends are on IU’s campus and on the women’s tennis team.

“We see each other every day, we go through so much together and we’re really close,” Hureau said. “It’s sounds cheesy and everyone says it but it’s true. We live together and when we don’t play tennis, we hang out together so it’s going to be hard to leave.”

She said she loves the atmosphere of IU and experiencing the success of the IU men’s basketball team this season.

“It was really fun to watch because you really feel like you’re a part of something in the community,” Hureau said. “That was really neat because I didn’t have anything like that before.”

While the marketing major in the Kelley School of Business has many accomplishments on which to reflect, she still has her sights set on the future. No. 34 IU has two remaining dual matches, the team will play host to the Big Ten Tournament at the end of April, and then the Hoosiers hope to advance to the NCAA Championships.

“It has an extra motivation for me since it’s my senior year and it’s at home,” Hureau said. “This year we’ve been playing well so we have a good shot at it and I think now we know that on a given day we can beat anyone in the conference. That’s something that we didn’t really know before and we didn’t believe in it but know we know that.”

If IU being host to the Big Ten Tournament in her final season in Bloomington isn’t enough of storybook ending for Hureau, then having her parents fly from France to attend the tournament should do the trick.

“It’s just a lot of things to look forward to,” she said.

When the season, which she hopes ends at the NCAA Championships in Champaign, Ill., is all said and done, Hureau will prepare for the next stage of her life — attending graduate school for sports management in France.

“It’s exciting,” she said. “It’s kind of bittersweet though because I’m not ready to leave.”

When the Hoosiers’ season ends and Hureau leaves upon graduation, she will have won nearly 200 collegiate tennis matches after taking the risk of going to college over 4,000 miles away from home, in a country where she was forced to immerse herself in the English language.

Hureau made the most of her opportunity and triumphed with glory, winning All-Big Ten First Team, ITA Ohio Valley Region Rookie of the Year, and All-American honors. And the best part for Hureau is that there are a few empty pages for her to add to her final chapter at IU before the book of her college career finally closes.

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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