Jan. 12, 2009
FT. MYERS, Fla. – The Hoosiers are back in Bloomington after a successful week at the Florida Gulf Coast Shootout. The young squad gained valuable experience in the round-robin style week of play. The team played a combined 48 singles matches, as well as 21 doubles matches in just six days.
Freshmen Will Kendall and Maxime Armengaud led the Hoosiers in wins on the week. Kendall won eight matches (singles and doubles combined) to lead all players in the tournament in victories. Armengaud’s seven wins were the second most in the tourney. Kendall and sophomore Santiago Gruter were selected for the all-tournament team after their strong play.
Indiana head coach Randy Bloemendaal saw a lot of improvement from his team over the course of the week in Florida. Being with his team over that period of time allowed each player’s game to grow.
“It is hard to mathematically explain improvement in players from week to week because normally it does not take place in a linear pattern,” Bloemendaal said. “I look at improvement as learning each and everyday how to get better through the process that it takes to be a champion, and when that happens, the odds start weighing in the favor of victory. While evaluating that process, the mistakes are as much a part of moving forward as the victories are. Living in a house with the guys for a week, the communication becomes much more effective and at the end of the day, improvement is enormous. I am very happy with the week.”
Four Hoosiers took home six W’s to match the highest total from either of the other two teams. Louisville had three players with six wins. Senior Peter Antons, Gruter, and freshmen Jeremy Langer and Stephen Vogl all had six victories. Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson finished the event with an unblemished 4-0 record.
The Hoosiers return to action with three duals on Jan. 17. The team will take on East Kentucky, Toledo and Gardner-Webb in what will be the Hoosiers’ first team competition of the season. For complete coverage of Indiana men’s tennis, stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.