This weekend the Hoosiers travel to Princeton, N.J., in hopes of securing a national championship berth. IU is the fifth seed in Collegiate Water Polo Association Eastern Championships.
The Hoosiers head to Minnesota this weekend for a crucial series with the Golden Gophers. IU needs to win the four-game series to stay close to first-place Ohio State, which has a two-game lead over IU and Michigan State. The Hoosiers and Spartans are 9-6 in conference, and Minnesota follows in fourth place with one less win.
Going into its final weekend of Big Ten competition, the IU softball team is still in search of its first win in conference play. The Hoosiers play host to both Penn State and Ohio State for two games apiece this weekend.
The last weekend in April is an important time for the IU track and field teams. The men will be attending two meets, while the women attend three. Both teams will travel to the Drake Relays in Iowa and the Purdue Relays, and the women are also attending the Penn Relays. The Penn Relays is one of the biggest meets of the year. Talented athletes from all over the country come to compete. It isn't only a collegiate meet, either. The best high school runners in the country and relay teams from around the world also compete.
One can tell by the respect Ken Hydinger commands that he is not an average coach. Coaches must gain their players' respect before the players will listen and truly believe in their coach's philosophy. Hydinger has done that.
The women's tennis team is hoping homecourt advantage at the Big Ten championships will preclude history from repeating itself. The Hoosiers (5-5) take on Penn State (1-9) in the first round of the conference championship today. In last year's quarterfinal round of the tournament, the Hoosiers fell to the Nittany Lions, 4-2.
If the IU men's tennis team can prolong its recent success this weekend, the frustration of a long season will dissipate. But not all of the haunting memories will be erased. At the same time, it is a new season; a chance to make the wrongs right.
There are a lot of things that run through a goalkeeper's mind when their team is on defense. They have to direct players where to go and set up the defense. They do all this while watching the ball and preparing themselves to make that split-second decision to stop the ball.
The men's golf team's season has been a long roller-coaster ride. Now, with just one tournament left to play before the Big Ten tournament tees off, there is little space left on the track before the Hoosiers learn their postseason fate.
The Hoosiers have advanced to the Eastern Championships after taking third place at this past weekend's Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division Championship. IU went 3-1 during the weekend.
The IU softball team split its doubleheader with in-state rival Ball State on Tuesday. The Hoosiers claimed the opener 1-0 behind a strong performance by freshman pitcher Katie Witham, who recorded her second shutout of the season. But Ball State (16-18) overcame a late deficit to beat IU (13-28-1) 4-3 in the nightcap.
IU utilized its bench in defeating the Ontario Blue Jays 7-4 Tuesday night at Sembower Field. The Blue Jays, an 18-and-under touring baseball team from Ontario, Canada, are the one exhibition opponent IU is allowed to play this year.
With the last two regular season matches looming, the IU men's tennis team did not want to become the first IU men's tennis team to go winless in Big Ten action. Only one time since 1963 has the team finished with only one conference victory, that coming in 1982. Last year, IU won five conference matches.
Rain shortened the IU women's golf team's final tournament before the Big Ten championships and finalized a fourth place finish the team forged during the first two rounds. The ten-team field competed at the famous Par-72, 6,037-yard Ohio State University Scarlet Golf Course.
The men and women's track and field teams were unable to escape the weather this weekend as their meet, held on Illinois' campus, was cut short by lightning. The meet, which was Friday afternoon, was moved up a half hour in an attempt to get the meet finished before the bad weather moved in.
Minnesota's strong pitching tandem of Piper Marten and Angie Recknor shut down the IU offense in the Hoosiers' trip to Minneapolis for a pair of games over the weekend. Marten and Recknor each pitched shutouts while limiting the IU hitters to just seven hits in 12 innings of play. The Hoosiers were also scheduled to play Wisconsin in a doubleheader Sunday, but the games were canceled because of inclement weather.
The IU women's tennis team closes its regular season this weekend on the road. The Hoosiers travel north to battle Michigan and Michigan State. IU faces the Spartans Saturday at 10 a.m. in East Lansing, then travels to Ann Arbor to play Michigan at the same time Sunday.