Another 7-0 Sweep for the Hoosiers
Feb. 29, 2008
RALEIGH, N.C. - The Indiana University men's tennis team made quick work of Charlotte on Friday, sweeping the 49ers, 7-0. It marks the Hoosiers' fifth shutout of the year after they opened the spring with four consecutive 7-0 victories.
"We played much better than we did a week ago," said Head Coach Randy Bloemendaal. "Our focus was much better. We had some guys really step up. Overall, it was a step forward, that's a team that has beat ranked teams before."
Indiana (8-2) continued their excellent doubles play this season, winning the doubles point for the ninth time in 10 dual matches. Thomas Richter and Lachlan Ferguson took out the Bernhoerster brothers, Felix and Moritz, in the No. 2 doubles slot, 8-2. Thomas Richter/Dara McLoughlin and Peter Antons/Santiago Gruter also earned doubles wins for the Cream and Crimson.
The Hoosiers won four of the six singles contests in straight sets. Eilers led the way at No. 2 singles, rolling to a 6-1, 6-0 triumph over Rickey Cuellar.
"Eilers was very focused, very determined," said Bloemendaal. "He played at another level today and stood out in the crowd."
Seniors Michael McCarthy and Richter each surrendered just four games to their foes, winning 6-3, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-3, respectively. Ferguson was also a straight-set winner in the No. 4 singles slot.
Third set victories by McLoughlin and Gruter capped off the IU sweep.
Indiana will remain in Raleigh, N.C. until Sunday when they face the Wolfpack of North Carolina State. Sunday's match is a showing of two nationally-ranked squads as the Hoosiers came in at No. 56 in this week's ITA rankings while NC State is slotted No. 30 in the country. The Wolfpack's tandem of Nick Cavaday and Jay Weinacker are also present in the rankings, posted as the ninth-best doubles team nationally. Live stats will be available via the men's tennis schedule page at www.gopack.com.
"We need all six or seven starters to be locked in for Sunday," said Bloemendaal. "The real test is going to be Sunday against a very good NC State team."
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