Hoosiers sweep past Eagles

The Big Ten Conference took another big win away from Marquette on Saturday as Indiana swept the women's tennis team, 7-0.

Indiana's doubles teams were too much for the Golden Eagles to handle and the Hoosiers, winning all three matches and taking the point. In first doubles senior Veronica Garcia Briseno and freshman partner Dominika Dabrowski fell to the No. 45 team of Hoosier seniors Karie Schlukebir and Linda Tran, 8-3.

Things did not go much better in the two and three spots, either. In second doubles the senior duo of Eva Trujillo Herrera and Genevieve Charron were challenged by Indiana's fast pace. The Hoosiers continually hit the ball to the edges of the court, making it hard for Trujillo Herrera and Charron to return. The duo fell, 8-2. Senior Annabelle Espinosa and freshman Callan Smith faced off against Indiana's Laura McGaffigan and Dora Vastag, losing 8-2.

This was the second match that the Golden Eagles used their new doubles pairs.

Head coach Jody Bronson thinks it is still too early to tell if the new strategy is working.

"I don't know if it's better," she said. "I think there are some good things to it and some things we still need to work on it. Seeing as though it's only the second time we've used it I think it's still too early.

"The biggest thing that is hurting us is that we're not being aggressive enough in doubles."

Singles play did not bring any more success for the Golden Eagles than doubles. Espinosa came the closest to a win at the No. 5 position against Schlukebir. They split the first two sets. Schlukebir took the first set, 6-4, but Espinosa was able to come back and take the second, 7-5, sending the match into a tiebreaker.

Espinosa stayed strong but ultimately fell, 10-7, in the tiebreaker.

Garcia Briseno also had a tough match, facing No. 30 Vastag in the one spot. She was able to hold her own against her ranked opponent but was not able to pull through with a win, falling to Vastag, 6-3, 6-4.

Bronson said she thought Garcia Briseno performed well in the match.

"Vero, she knew what she was doing," Bronson said. Vastag "is a highly ranked player and she played pretty well. She battled her. It comes down to a few shots that you go for that you miss or whatever but I thought she did a good job hanging in there."

The Hoosiers took the rest of the singles matches as well. Smith was defeated in the three spot, 6-0, 6-4. Trujillo Herrera fell to McGaffigan in a tough match, 6-4, 6-3. Freshman Francina Bonnelly faced a tough competitor in Martina Grimm, losing, 6-1, 6-0.

"Consistency is a problem," she said. "Everybody has to be in point eight to 10 shots minimum — otherwise it's pretty hard to move on from that point."

The match seemed to fit with how the rest of the week went, Bronson said.

"I think the overall match was a reflection of a bad week of practice," she said. "We didn't have the intensity we needed. We have to take it as a whole team. There were people who work harder than others on a continuous basis but as far as the team we need to have the whole team on the same page.

"They have to show up every day at practice to battle."

The team travels to Evanston, Ill. today to take on the No. 10 Northwestern Wildcats, its fifth Big Ten opponent of the season.