Feb. 7, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana fell in the opening match of a Saturday doubleheader at the IU Varsity Tennis Center. The Nebraska Huskers brought their best to Bloomington for a showdown with the Hoosiers, and the Hoosiers fell by a 4-3 tally, losing the final two matches in the third frame.
The match was close from start to finish, with all three doubles matches being decided by three or less games and three singles matches going to a third set. The Hoosiers started out well, taking the first and second flights. Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson and freshman Stephen Vogl took down Chris Aumueller and Benedikt Lindeim 8-5 at the number two spot. At number one, sophomore Santiago Gruter and freshman Jeremy Langer took out Calin Paar and David Benheim, the 17th ranked doubles pair in the ITA rankings, to close out the doubles point.
Langer stepped up big in singles play as well. After dropping the first set at number four singles, the Toronto, Canada product took the second and third set to put the push the Hoosier lead to 3-2. Freshman Maxime Armengaud scored the other point for IU, dismissing his opponent 6-0, 6-4.
With just the first and fifth flight singles matches remaining on the court, the Hoosiers needed just one win to close out the victory. It wasn’t to be however, as both matches saw the Hoosiers fall in a third set.
The Hoosiers host the Georgia State Panthers for a second Saturday matchup. The action is slated for a 4 p.m. ET start at the IU Varsity Tennis Center. For complete coverage of IU tennis, stay tuned to www.IUHoosiers.com.