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Three women's tennis players to watch in conference play



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Sophomore Madison Appel serves the ball during the women's tennis doubles against West Virginia. The match took place Saturday morning in the IU Tennis Center. Adelina Jusuf Buy Photos

IU women's tennis will look for a strong season in 2019, and experienced players could lead the way to success.

Here are three players to keep an eye on this year.

Madison Appel — Senior

Appel has led the way for IU this season at No. 1 singles and doubles. At the beginning of the year, the senior found herself inside the season's first Oracle/ITA Division I Women’s Rankings for DI individuals. Her mental strength and resilience are always apparent on the court. Appel has showed progression each year, so expect her to come out big as her time at IU comes to an end.

Natalie Whalen — Senior

Appel’s senior counterpart plays right behind her at No. 2 singles and doubles. A pedestrian junior year has Whalen motivated to finish her collegiate career off strong, and the numbers show. In 2018, Whalen went 17-16 at singles and 10-10 with her primary doubles partner, then-freshman Olga Zavarotnaya. This season, Whalen is off to an 11-2 start at singles and a 13-4 record at doubles.

Jelly Bozovic — Sophomore

Bozovic is a dark horse contributor to the the program this season. With seniors Appel and Whalen in the spotlight, Bozovic produces in their shadows. The sophomore already has three wins to her name at singles, where she typically plays in the No. 4 spot. Playing No. 1 doubles with Appel is where Bozovic has really turned it on. The team’s go-to pairing is 10-2 thus far. 

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