Indiana Splits Weekend Down in Alabama
Feb. 23, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University men's tennis team improved to 7-1 on the year with a 5-2 win over Troy University on Saturday down in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Indiana stayed until Sunday and took on the Crimson Tide. The Hoosiers fell shot in a 6-1 loss to No. 20 Alabama.
"The guys did a good job of learning how to adapt to the outdoors," said Assistant Coach Scott Linn after Saturday's match versus Troy. "With only one day of outdoor play before today, we made the right adjustments. We still have lots of work and preparation to do before tomorrow's match against a very good Alabama team."
The Hoosiers won eight games in each doubles pro-set while Troy took only a total of eight games in all three doubles contests combined. Indiana arose victorious, 8-3, 8-2 and 8-3 in the doubles action.
Senior Michael McCarthy wasted little time putting IU ahead 2-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 steamrolling in the No. 5 singles contest. Singles slots No. 3, 4 and 6 also went in favor of the Hoosiers. Redshirt freshmen Phillip Eilers and Lachlan Ferguson won 6-3, 6-4 and 6-3, 6-2, respectively. True freshman Santiago Gruter earned IU's fifth point, downing Edwin van Aerts, 6-2, 6-2.
The final two matches of the day went into a third set. With the overall team outcome already determined, both third sets consisted of a ten-point tiebreaker. The Trojans seized each to create the 5-2 final score.
Thomas Richter handed IU a point in the Alabama match, his eighth singles win in nine dual matches thus far. He bested the Crimson Tide's Saketh Myneni by a score of 4-6, 7-6(3), 1-0 (10-8) in the No. 1 singles contest.
Indiana will head south once again next weekend for a pair of matches in Raleigh, N.C. versus North Carolina State and Charlotte.
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