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Late fumble costs IU game against Minnesota

Down by three points with 25 seconds left in the game, IU was on Minnesota’s 9-yard line with second down-and-goal.

IU sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw a swing pass to sophomore running back Tevin Coleman to try to exploit a matchup against Minnesota’s man defense. Sudfeld’s pass was behind the line of scrimmage, making it a lateral.

“We just kind of got caught in the wrong look, and I thought maybe I put the ball a little behind Tevin,” Sudfeld said.

Coleman bobbled the throw and gave up on the ball after it dropped to the ground.

“It was behind me, but I just tried to make a play out of it,” Coleman said. “It didn’t happen.”

Thinking the play would be ruled an incomplete pass, Coleman abandoned the play. Since the ball was lateralled, the ball was still live in play.

Sudfeld realized the play wasn’t over, so he took off running to try to recover the fumble.

“I was hoping the defense didn’t notice, but they picked it up,” he said.

Minnesota linebacker Aaron Hill picked up the loose ball and ran 21 yards down the sideline before Coleman tackled him.

“After I’d seen the guy pick it up and start running, I tried to make him fumble,” Coleman said.

When Minnesota took over on offense near midfield, the Golden Gophers only had to hand the ball off twice to running back David Cobb in order to run out the clock and leave Bloomington with a 42-39 victory.

Sudfeld said there are a lot of things he wants to take back.

“(It was) just an unfortunate play and kind of really bad timing,” he said. “I should have just thrown it away.”

IU Coach Kevin Wilson said on a swing play, there’s always a chance for a lateral.

“It just didn’t get executed right,” he said.

Wilson said the offensive players around the fumble didn’t jump on the loose ball like they should have. He said in a close game, the fundamentals of grabbing the loose ball and giving it to the referee are very important.

“Don’t just assume anything,” Wilson said. “It was poor execution and really not an ideal call at that time in the game, and because of it, we lost the game.”

The fumble came after IU turned a 22-point deficit into a four-point lead thanks to 26 unanswered points in the second half. Minnesota quickly regained the lead with three minutes left in the game, setting up IU’s potential game-winning drive.

IU junior wide receiver Cody Latimer said it was “just jaw-dropping” because the Hoosiers were so close to victory.

“We should’ve had it, we need it, and it just slipped right out of our hands (with) a couple seconds left to go on the goal line,” he said.

Wilson said IU didn’t play well early, but the players battled and hung in the game.

“We had a lot of chances, but I made a poor call, and we did not execute the play at the end,” he said. “As coaches, we have to help them out at the end and make the right plays, and that last one was not the right call.”

Coleman said the loss was a really tough one to swallow.

“I’m not happy at all, not cheerful at all,” he said, barely above a whisper. “(We) just have to keep on going.”

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Hoosiers fall to Golden Gophers, 42-39

In its Homecoming matchup against Minnesota, IU lost 42-39 to fall to 3-5 (1-3 Big Ten).

With a chance to improve its record to 0.500, match its highest single season win total in the IU Coach Kevin Wilson era and pull within two wins of bowl eligibility, the Hoosiers turned the ball over inside the red zone in the waning seconds.

On second-and-goal from the 8-yard line, sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw a swing pass behind the line of scrimmage to sophomore running back Tevin Coleman.

Coleman couldn’t handle the throw and, thinking the play would be ruled an incomplete pass, he gave up on the play. But the ball was still live, and Minnesota linebacker Aaron Hill picked up the fumble.

Redshirt sophomore quarterback Tre Roberson started for the first time since the Hoosiers matchup against Navy on Sept. 7. Roberson was 8-of-18 for 80 yards and one touchdown in the first half.

Wilson said with the way Minnesota’s defense was set up, IU’s coaching staff thought the Hoosiers needed to run the ball against man coverage.

“Our backs did well today, and we thought Tre would take part in that,” he said.

Minnesota completed a 40-yard completion on a flea flicker pass on the first play from scrimmage, which fueled a seven-play scoring drive that ended in a touchdown reception by Derrick Engel.

The Hoosiers reached the red zone three times in the first quarter but had to settle for field goals inside the Minnesota 20-yard line on two of those possessions.

“We left three scoring opportunities empty,” Wilson said.

IU’s defense also missed opportunities in the first half. With Minnesota leading 14-13, Golden Gophers freshman quarterback Mitch Leidner fumbled twice and nearly threw an interception, which was dropped by IU cornerback Michael Hunter.

Minnesota went on to score a touchdown on that possession as part of a 28-0 scoring run in the second and third quarters.

Down 28-13 at halftime, IU’s coaching staff decided to play Sudfeld at quarterback in the second half.

“Tre was just a little bit off in the first half, as was the rest of the offense,” Wilson said.

IU trailed 35-13 midway through the third quarter, and the student section was nearly empty.

IU then scored 26 unanswered points.

“There was a stretch at the end where we were really playing well together and had a lot of momentum,” Wilson said.

The Hoosiers’ offense started to click with Sudfeld at quarterback. He was 13-of-20 for 189 yards and two touchdowns.

IU’s running game had new life in the second half. Sophomore running back Tevin Coleman and senior running back Stephen Houston combined for 151 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries in the second half.

Senior Stephen Houston runs past a Minnesota defender during IU's loss to Minnesota on Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium. (CLAYTON MOORE | IDS)
Senior Stephen Houston runs past a Minnesota defender during IU’s loss to Minnesota on Saturday evening at Memorial Stadium.
(CLAYTON MOORE | IDS)

For the game, IU’s running back duo compiled 219 yards and two touchdowns on 27
carries.

“We changed it up a little and went out of pistol, and that worked a lot for the O-line to get their blocks right and for us to see the holes better,” Coleman said.

The Hoosiers failed a pair of two-point conversions in the fourth quarter after their final touchdowns of the game.

Wilson said the coaching staff talked about the different scenarios and whether to go for two.

“Maybe we were being a little bit over-aggressive in hindsight,” he said.

IU briefly reclaimed the lead late in the fourth quarter after a 30-yard touchdown strike from Sudfeld to junior wide receiver Cody Latimer, but Minnesota quickly
countered.

“Our guys fought back, and we had a lot of good fight, but we’re gonna need to figure out ways to win in the end,” Sudfeld said.

Golden Gophers sophomore quarterback Philip Nelson threw what proved to be the winning touchdown pass to red shirt freshman tight end Maxx Williams with just more than three minutes remaining.

“I thought we had the best chance to win that game, and I’m really disappointed for our players,” Wilson said.

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Golden Gophers edge Hoosiers 42-39

On Homecoming, IU suffered a 42-39 loss at the hands of Minnesota.

IU had second-and-goal at Minnesota’s 8-yard line with 25 seconds left in the game. The Hoosiers were on the verge of scoring when sophomore quarterback Nate Sudfeld threw a pass behind the line of scrimmage that was bobbled by sophomore running back Tevin Coleman.

Coleman said he didn’t realize the pass was a lateral and he thought the play was dead. Minnesota’s Aaron Hill picked up the loose ball and the Golden Gophers ran out the clock in front of a stunned Hoosier fan base.

Minnesota racked up 573 total yards of offense. Minnesota quarterback Philip Nelson was 16-of-23 for 298 yards and four touchdowns. Running back David Cobb led the Golden Gophers’ ground attack with 29 rushes for 188 yards and one touchdown.

The Hoosiers trailed 35-13 when they scored 26 unanswered points. IU had two two-point conversion attempts in the second half but failed to reach the end zone on both.

After not playing in the first half, Sudfeld was 13-of-20 for 189 yards and two touchdowns. After four consecutive games of not having a 100-yard rusher, both Coleman and senior running back Stephen Houston ran for more than 100 yards. They combined for 219 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries.

IU will host Illinois next Saturday at home at Memorial Stadium at 3:30 p.m.

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IU vs. Minnesota football Q&A

In advance of Saturday’s game against Minnesota, the IDS asked Minnesota Daily football beat writer Nate Gotlieb about the Minnesota offense and Coach Jerry Kill.

IDS
 Philip Nelson and Mitch Leidner have both played at quarterback throughout the season. How does Minnesota use both quarterbacks on offense?

Minnesota uses both quarterbacks the same way. Both facilitate a run-first offense and occasionally pass. The problem was that both struggled in the Gophers’ first two Big Ten games.

Nelson appeared to be the unquestioned starter going into the season but but struggled against Iowa on Sept. 28. Leidner started against Michigan the following week, but the Gophers still lost by more than four touchdowns.

Leidner has started the past two games but Nelson has relieved him in the second quarter in both. It’s a baffling system, but almost everyone in Minnesota has just come to accept it now that the Gophers are winning.

Both are equally good runners, but Nelson is arguably a better passer.  Coaches say they want to get both reps during the game but then decide on one — the “hot hand,” so to speak. That’s been Nelson the past two weeks.

IDS Minnesota’s quarterbacks have combined for more than 600 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. Are their runs typically designed rushes or are they simply efficient at scrambling from the pocket when a play breaks down?

The 11 rushing touchdowns are by design, but the 600 rushing yards are not. The Gophers often run quarterback sneaks near the goal line. Nelson scored on two one-yard runs last week. Leidner scored four rushing touchdowns in his first start and all were 10 yards or less.  Minnesota loves to let its big quarterbacks sneak behind its big offensive line.

But the 600 rushing yards are a different story. Those are about half designed and half improvised and most came earlier in the year when the Gophers were playing lower-tier opponents. Nelson and Leidner still run anywhere from 10-20 times a game but they haven’t needed to run as much because Minnesota’s running backs have been effective.

IDS
 What is the latest update on the health and involvement of Minnesota Coach Jerry Kill, who has suffered from seizures this season?

Kill addressed the media Tuesday and said he is playing more of a behind-the-scenes role. Kill did not give any specifics on his condition but said he will be driving by February. He currently cannot drive because of his epilepsy.

Kill said he was at practice everyday last week in an observational role. He said he has done a lot of recruiting in these past few weeks. Kill will attend the Indiana game and will sit in the coaches’ box but he did not say Tuesday what role he’ll play in managing the game.

IDS What is the mindset of the players and/or the fan base after Minnesota rebounded from two tough losses with two big wins, then having four challenging games remaining on the schedule?

Minnesota’s fan base is cautiously excited and the players seem to believe anything is possible at this point.  Players appear to know sustaining their success will be a challenge but they also appear to be embracing that challenge.

Minnesota’s students are fair-weather football fans, though they have become more supportive of the team since Jerry Kill arrived. The student section was full when the Gophers played Iowa after a 4-0 start but it was only half-full last Saturday (Technically it was full. But the upper desk was clouded in Nebraska red).

A win against Indiana on Saturday and TCF Bank Stadium should be full when Minnesota plays Penn State on Nov. 9. A loss and the buzz is dampened.

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Head-to-head with Golden Gophers

Minnesota sophomore Philip Nelson and freshman Mitch Leidner have split time as quarterback this season.

Nelson has had more pass attempts, but Leidner has completed a higher percentage of his throws and for more yards per attempt.

Both quarterbacks have more rushes than completions this season.

Each quarterback has started four games. Minnesota has called Leidner’s number first in each of the past three games.

“Both those quarterbacks can run if they want to,” IU Coach Kevin Wilson said. “They’re not flashy, but they’re big enough quarterbacks that they will run them 15, 18, 20 times, almost like a second runner.”

Wilson said Leidner isn’t a tailback, but he runs like a bigger tailback.

“He’s a rumbling, stumbling guy, and all of the sudden he might be 15, 20 for a big one,” Wilson said.

Wilson said Minnesota’s attitude on offense is similar to that of Navy. Both schools want to pound the ball on the ground.

“It’s a different style, but it’s like Navy, and to execute with a run, run, run,” he said.
The Golden Gophers run the ball on almost 73 percent of their plays.

Along with Minnesota’s quarterbacks, running backs David Cobb and Rodrick Williams Jr. power the nation’s 23rd best team in rushing yards per game.

Wilson said Minnesota’s run-heavy offense can set up the pass when the Golden Gophers decide to air it out.

“They had one at Nebraska and missed a guy on a play action,” he said. “(Minnesota) had a tight end on the corner, and he probably scores or gets close if he gets it.”

Wilson drew a parallel from Nelson to the sixth man on a basketball team.

“He comes in and brings new life to the team,” Wilson said.

No matter which quarterback is on the field for the Golden Gophers, Wilson said he has respect for both.

“They can get on the perimeter, run boot, play action game,” he said.

Wilson said Minnesota’s passing numbers — a combined 55 percent completion percentage, 983 yards, five touchdowns and five interceptions — are not more impressive due to weekly missed opportunities by the Golden Gophers’ offense.

Forcing stops on third downs will be critical for IU’s defense.

“Look at the number of third downs that we got that we let them off the field. Michigan State made 8, 9, 10 in a row,” Wilson said. “They made their touchdowns on third downs.

“So you want to change the scheme, we got a guy there to make the tackle, shoot your guy is there to make the play and get him on the ground.”

Wilson said IU has to force Minnesota off schedule by forcing third-and-long scenarios.

He said the Golden Gophers’ offense doesn’t score a lot unless their opponents give them easy scoring chances.

“If we play on our heels, they’ll stay on schedule,” he said.

In the bye week, the Hoosiers focused on third-down conversions, how to keep the ball, creating turnovers and the fundamentals of tackling.

IU Defensive Coordinator Doug Mallory said IU worked on tackling, technique and fundamentals every day during the bye week, in part because of the new players and coaches on the roster.

“These are short things that we want to concentrate on to see if we can be stronger down the stretch,” Wilson said.

“We’re going to be in close games. We have a chance to be in exciting games if we play well and how to find a way to make that play or two to get over the hump.”

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Coach Kevin Wilson’s Teleconference Previewing Minnesota

IU Football Coach Kevin Wilson was on the Big Ten coaches weekly teleconference on Tuesday afternoon. Here’s what he had to say leading up to the IU-Minnesota matchup in Bloomington at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Opening Statement:

“Coming off an open date, thought we had a good week. Looking forward to a great challenge with Minnesota coming here, playing very, very well. Should be a good game.”

On Minnesota not always moving the ball a lot on offense but having overall success:

“It appears they have their strengths. They play really good defense, very active so they get the ball back when they do (play good defense). I think their line, tight end, fullback players are very undervalued. Misdirection with the fly sweeps, power game, quarterback run game, and just got to keep on schedule and kind of a slow game, kind of suck you out of the game. Very positive in turnovers. I think they’re plus five or six. Several scores without the offense on the field. You kind of put it together and they’ve got some really good team wins and they’re playing really good team football right now.”

On Indiana’s rush defense:

“It hasn’t been what it needs to be for sure and we’re looking at ways internally to try to shore some things up. Your personnel is what it is, your injuries that you may have, your schematics, what can we do. That was the best part of having an open date where we did. Not to concentrate just for this game but with five remaining conference games and sitting here 3-4, what can we do to give us a chance to be more competitive, try to get the ball back because when we get some stops and get the ball back…if the offense can feed the defense and vice versa, play off each other, we show a tendency to play pretty good ball if both sides are working together. Open date is at a good time and we’ll see if we can find a way to get some stops because we’ll need them against these guys.”

On Minnesota’s coaching staff after Coach Jerry Kill’s seizures on the sideline this season and the program’s overall confidence:

“I think it shows a lot of credit to the continuity that their staff has had because I think they’ve got a very veteran group of coaches that have been together a long time. That being said, the head coach kind of implements the plan but it’s a core group of guys so your defensive coordinators, offensive coordinators, strength coaches, position coaches, I think they’ve been with him (Coach Jerry Kill) for three or four stops now. Sometimes when it gets going good, the head coach has one of the minor jobs because those are guys are doing a great job but I think it says a lot about (how) Coach (Tracy) Claeys picked it up. I’m sure he’d say the words ‘if it’s not broken, why fix it?’ They were a bowl team last year, they started out 4-0, they matched up well with some teams and played well. I think it’s a credit to their staff because their staff has their players believing. Coach Kill, I’m sure is giving them some motivation and that’s a good rallying cry but it really just shows continuity of their program and to the staff.”

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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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Hoosiers defeat Gophers, Badgers

Coming off long road trips during the previous two weekends, the No. 34 IU women’s tennis team had a strong stand at home with victories against Minnesota and Wisconsin. IU defeated Minnesota 6-1 on Saturday and swept Wisconsin 7-0 on Sunday.

With the pair of wins over the weekend, the Hoosiers improved to 17-6 (6-3), and IU is in sole possession of fifth place in the Big Ten.

IU Coach Lin Loring said the Hoosiers’ decisive victories will help the team’s confidence because the women are playing very well.

“We’ve been playing well now for four or five weeks,” he said. “We’re pretty competitive at every position. I think it will just help us keep our momentum going.”

IU senior Jithmie Jayawickrema was 2-0 over the weekend with a pair of wins in the No. 6 singles position. (Image courtesy of iuhoosiers.com)
IU senior Jithmie Jayawickrema was 2-0 over the weekend with a pair of wins in the No. 6 singles position. (Image courtesy of iuhoosiers.com)

On Saturday, IU won the No. 1 and No. 3 doubles matches 8-3 to take an early lead against Minnesota.

In the No. 1 position, senior Leslie Hureau and sophomore Carolyn Chupa bested Natallia Pintusava and Raula Rincon Otero. Junior Sophie Garre and sophomore Katie Klyczek topped Tereza Brichacova and Jessika Mozia in the No. 3 spot.

Loring changed the team’s doubles combinations in the middle of March, and he said he will not make any more changes because the current doubles tandems are playing well.

“I think the girls are comfortable with them, and we’re playing pretty competitively at every position,” he said.

The Hoosiers played quickly and controlled the singles matches against the Golden Gophers.

IU won the No. 3, No. 6, No. 2 and No. 5 singles matches in consecutive sets to give IU the victory and a 5-0 lead.

Chupa defeated Otero 6-0, 6-4 in the No. 3 match.

Senior Jithmie Jayawickrema topped Yuliana Umanets 6-3, 6-1 in the No. 6 position.

No. 90 Klyczek bested Brichacova 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 2 match.

Garre defeated Aria Lambert 6-2, 6-4 in the No. 5 spot.

No. 122 Hureau came from behind to earn IU’s final point of the match when she bested Pintusava 4-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Minnesota’s only singles victory was in the No. 4 match after IU had already won the dual match. Mozia defeated sophomore Alecia Kauss 6-7 (7-9), 6-4, 1-0 (10-7).

IU notched its ninth 7-0 victory of the season against Wisconsin.

IU won the doubles point after winning the No. 1 and No. 3 matches by 8-3 margins. Hureau and Chupa defeated Hannah Berner/Lauren Chypyha in the No. 1 position. In the No. 3 match, Garre/Klyczek topped Helen Rabot/Lauren Burich.

The Hoosiers’ dominant play continued in the singles matches.

Every IU player won the first set of her match, and the Hoosiers lost only 10 games in their first sets.

Hureau won the No. 1 match against Wisconsin’s Berner 6-0, 6-1 after hitting a flurry of shots which were always a few steps outside of Berner’s reach.

In the No. 3 singles match, Chupa bested Anastasia Tripolskaya 6-2, 6-1.

Jayawickrema won the match point for IU when she topped Pernilla Wohlstrom 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 6 position.

In the No. 2 spot, Klyczek defeated Chypyha 6-4, 6-4 and Kauss took care of business in the No. 4 match by topping Burich 6-2, 6-3.

After winning the first set of the No. 5 match 6-1, Garre lost the second set 2-6 to Katie Hoch. With her teammates cheering for her from a nearby court, Garre won the tiebreaker 10-4 to win the match, which capped off IU’s 7-0 victory. Loring said the team’s biggest focus for the remainder of the season is trying to get healthy but also making practices just long enough that the women don’t lose their edge.

“At this point in the season, you’re not re-inventing the wheel,” he said. “You’re just trying to keep the wheel turning.”

IU will play Illinois on Friday at home before traveling to Northwestern on Sunday to wrap up the team’s regular season schedule.

Jayawickrema said the team’s goal is to win the final two dual matches.

“We do need to be consistent so that we have a good momentum going into the Big Ten Tournament,” she said.

The four-day Big Ten Tournament begins on April 25 at IU.

After road trip, IU returns home to face Minnesota and Wisconsin

The No. 34 IU women’s tennis team (15-6, 4-3) will play Minnesota 11 a.m. Saturday and Wisconsin at 11 a.m. Sunday at the IU Tennis Center.

The Hoosiers will play at home for the next three dual matches after playing on the road the past two weekends.

IU Coach Lin Loring said the team is “nicked up” after traveling to Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa and Nebraska in the span of nine days.

“We gave them two days off when we got back to try to get a little bit healthy,” Loring said. “We’re just trying to get everybody’s legs back.”

Senior Leslie Hureau joked that she could use another four days off to recover.

Loring said this weekend’s matches should be different because IU will play on consecutive days.

“Last weekend we had a day off in between but we had to travel in between so it’s not like it was a rest,” he said. “Hopefully with a little break we might get to play some outdoor matches. Hopefully we’ll be pretty healthy.”

Minnesota (9-10, 3-4) is tied for sixth in the Big Ten. The Golden Gophers started the season ranked No. 41 but started the spring with a 2-6 record.

Then they rattled off six consecutive wins but have since lost four of their past five dual matches.

Minnesota’s only conference wins are against teams tied for sixth place or worse. The Golden Gophers defeated Penn State (T-6th), Wisconsin (10th), Michigan State (12th). They lost to Michigan and Ohio State, who IU defeated 5-2. Minnesota’s best win of the season was a 4-3 upset against No. 33 Penn State on April 5.

Similarly to the Hoosiers, the Golden Gophers have only two seniors, which means underclassmen play a significant role on the team. Their typical singles order includes, two freshmen, two sophomores, one junior and one senior.

The Wisconsin Badgers (4-14, 2-5) are tenth in the conference and have not won consecutive dual matches this season. However, the Badgers are showing signs of improvement after their 1-10 start. Wisconsin has won three of its past seven matches, including a 5-2 victory against No. 52 Ohio State on April 5.

Last year, IU lost to Minnesota 7-0 and Wisconsin 5-2 on the road in the regular season. However, IU won the previous eight dual matches against the Golden Gophers and 10 of the team’s past 11 matches against the Badgers. IU’s home court advantage will favor the Hoosiers this weekend. IU is 8-2 at home while Minnesota and Wisconsin are a combined 0-12 on the road this season.

“Both teams are a little scary in that they can play good tennis on a given day,” Loring said. “We’re ranked ahead of both of them but they’ve both shown that they can play really good tennis. We just really have to be ready for both of them.”

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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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