Men's Tennis Wins Again, 6-1 over MTSU
Feb. 15, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After a ten-day layoff from their last competition, the No. 58 Indiana University men's tennis team looked anything but rusty Friday afternoon inside the IU Tennis Complex, earning a 6-1 victory over No. 55 Middle Tennessee State. The Hoosiers improved to 6-1 on the season with the win.
"It's tough to get up on a team this good, and stay on top of them all day," said Head Coach Randy Bloemendaal. "We improved a little bit over the break. We need to continue to do that in order to get ready for the Big Ten season."
The day began with IU's No. 2 doubles team of Lachlan Ferguson and Thomas Richter rolling to an 8-2 win over Richard Cowden and Chris Nowak. The Indiana advantage did not last for long, however, as the Blue Raiders seized the No. 1 doubles match minutes later.
The doubles point came down to Santiago Gruter and Michael McCarthy, and they delivered with an 8-4 triumph over Alex McCann and John Peers to grab the doubles point. Indiana has won the doubles point in all seven matches this season.
Singles competition began with a pair of Hoosiers having little trouble in their respective matches. Dara McLoughlin was the first off the court following a 6-0, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles. Gruter wasn't far behind in his 6-1, 6-0 besting of Alex McCann in the No. 6 singles slot. McCarthy then sealed the deal, giving the Cream and Crimson the fourth and decisive point by downing Joao Paoleillo by a score of 6-1, 6-4.
Additional wins by Richter and Ferguson at No. 1 and No. 4 singles, respectively, provided IU with points number five and six. With the team score already determined, Richter simply competed in a 10-point tie-breaker to determine the third set. The Hildesheim, Germany native had to work overtime before finally pulling out a 15-13 triumph in the last set. Ferguson, meanwhile, won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.
The Hoosiers begin a month-long road trip next weekend, heading to the state of Tuscaloosa, Alabama for matches against Troy and the Crimson Tide of Alabama. It marks the beginning of a six-match streak of road contests for Indiana.
"We are going to play some really good teams down there, all six are quality teams," said Bloemendaal. "This level of competition is going to prepare us for what we will see in the Big Ten schedule."
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