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Indiana women's tennis splits weekend matches, earns first road win of the year

<p>Then-freshman Xiaowei “Rose” Hu responds to her opponent’s serve Sept. 29, 2019, at the IU Hoosier Classic. Indiana has earned its third conference win of the season with its Sunday victory over Rutgers.<br/></p>

Then-freshman Xiaowei “Rose” Hu responds to her opponent’s serve Sept. 29, 2019, at the IU Hoosier Classic. Indiana has earned its third conference win of the season with its Sunday victory over Rutgers.

Indiana women’s tennis returned to the courts this weekend to take on two Big Ten opponents. The Hoosiers were coming off two straight losses — and after a loss to Maryland and a win against Rutgers — Indiana now sits with a 10-12 record and 3-6 against the Big Ten. 

Indiana started off its weekend matchups by facing off against Maryland on Friday. Maryland took home the first doubles match to start the competition and earn the early advantage. 

Indiana’s sophomore Laura Masic and freshman Lara Schneider then evened up the doubles score with a 6-2 win over Maryland’s duo of freshman Mary Brumfield and junior Selma Cadar. In the tiebreaker doubles match, Indiana lost the doubles point after Maryland’s junior Jojo Bach and freshman Francesca Feodorov took down Indiana’s juniors Lexi Kubas and Rose Hu in a 7-6 (7-3) win. 

From there, the day didn't get much better for Indiana. Besides the doubles win by Masic and Schneider, Indiana was unable to win any other match against Maryland. 

After losing the first three singles matches, Indiana’s final three matches resulted in the match being “unfinished” after Maryland clinched an overall match win. Maryland took home the 4-0 win and has now won two straight competitions against Indiana. 

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After their fifth shutout loss of the year, the Hoosiers quickly turned towards Rutgers on Sunday. 

Indiana’s juniors Alexandra Staiculescu and Mila Mejic started the match on a high note, winning their doubles match. The Scarlet Knights then took the second match to hand the Hoosiers their second doubles match tiebreak of the weekend. Masic and Schneider were able to put the Hoosiers on the board clinching the doubles point in a 7-6 (7-5) win. 

Shortly after the doubles matches, Rutgers earned three quick points by winning several singles matches. However, Indiana came back with two back-to-back singles wins of its own with victories from Staiculescu and Schneider. 

In the final singles match, Hu earned the win after taking the match to three sets. Hu secured the road win for Indiana after clinching her singles match with a score of 3-6, 6-3, 6-1. 

Indiana snapped a three-match losing streak and earned its first road win of the season with the win over Rutgers. Indiana’s record now moves to 10-12 as it returns to Bloomington for the final two matches of the regular season. 

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