Illini Host Southern Illinois and Indiana This Weekend
March 19, 2014
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Fighting Illini women’s tennis team will host the Southern Illinois Salukis and the Indiana Hoosiers this weekend at the Atkins Tennis Center. The Illini and Wildcats will face off at 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon. Sunday the Orange and Blue take on the Hoosiers at 11 a.m.
Illinois leads the all-time series against the Salukis 9-5. The Illini last lost to Southern during the 1982-83 season in Carbondale 4-5. The two teams last met during the 1990-91 season, where the Orange and Blue came away with an 8-1 win.
Though the Illini have had recent success against IU, the Orange and Blue trail the Hoosiers in the all-time series, 11-33. In their last meeting, the Illini defeated #34 Indiana 4-3. Illinois last lost to the Hoosiers during the 2007-08 season.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS
Southern Illinois is 10-3 this spring. The Salukis are coming off of a 5-2 win over South Carolina State on March 15 and is on a 10-game winning streak, the longest in school history.
The Hoosiers are 12-4 this season, and 1-1 in the Big Ten Conference, having lost to Northwestern 7-0 on Feb. 20 and beaten Purdue 5-2 last weekend. Indiana is currently ranked 31 in the country, and features senior Sophie Garre, who is ranked 109th in singles. The Hoosiers will face No. 5 Florida on Thursday before heading to Champaign-Urbana.
CAMPBELL/ITA NATIONAL RANKINGS
Illinois fell to No. 52 this week, with no singles or doubles rankings. In the regional rankings, Melissa Kopinski is No. 10 in the Midwest singles, followed by Allison Falkin and Alexis Casati at No. 14 and No. 15 respectively. Kopinski/Casati are the only doubles team for Illinois in the rankings, holding steady at No. 10 in Midwest.
LAST TIME OUT
The Illini have lost two in a row to Big Ten opponents, falling to No. 9 Northwestern and No. 40 Purdue. The Wildcats swept the Illini 7-0 in the Big Ten opener for Illinois on March 8. The Orange and Blue traveled to West Lafayette, Ind. the next day to take on Purdue where they dropped the match 5-2 to the Boilermakers.
Twelve of Illinois’ regular season opponents were nationally ranked to start the season, and five were in the top 25. Illinois sits at No. 44 and seven other Big Ten teams crack the rankings, including No. 11 Michigan, No. 15 Northwestern, No. 25 Nebraska, No. 27 Purdue, No. 40 Indiana, No. 49 Penn State, and No. 72 Ohio State.
The Orange and Blue will return to action next weekend against Penn State and Ohio State at the Atkins Tennis Center on March 29 and 30, respectively.