Men's Tennis

    #19 Texas A&M Tops #31 Indiana

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Santiago Gruter picked up a singles and doubles win on Wednesday
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Santiago Gruter picked up a singles and doubles win on Wednesday
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 13, 2008

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #31 Indiana University men's tennis team had their three-match winning streak snapped Wednesday night, dropping a 5-2 decision at #19 Texas A&M. Freshman Santiago Gruter won his fourth consecutive singles match, however, a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Kayvon Karimi.

    Indiana took the early lead, winning two of three doubles matches. The Hoosiers' Phillip Eilers and Lachlan Ferguson began by pulling away from a 5-5 tie to top Chris Chirico and Conor Pollock, 8-5, at the No. 1 line. Texas A&M's Austin Krajicek and Wil Spencer evened the contest with an 8-5 victory over Dave McLoughlin and Thomas Richter at No. 2 doubles.

    The point was decided by the third doubles contest which was tied 6-all. Then Peter Antons and Santiago Gunter held serve to take a 7-6 lead before breaking the Aggies to end the match as Texas A&M double faulted at match point. Antons and Gruter improved to 9-0 as partners in dual matches thus far and 18-2 overall for 2007-08.

    After winning their 11th doubles point in 13 matches, the Hoosiers fell behind 2-2 by dropping the second and third singles match-ups. The Cream and Crimson did not trail for long with Gruter's triumph knotting the team score at 2-2.

    The remaining three matches all went in favor of the Aggies, including a pair of three-set contests.

    No. 1 - (31) Conor Pollock (A&M) def. Thomas Richter (IU), 4-6, 7-6 (8), 7-5
    No. 2 - Wil Spencer (A&M) def. Dara McLoughlin (IU), 7-5, 6-2
    No. 3 - Austin Krajicek (A&M) def. Phillip Eilers (IU), 6-3, 6-4
    No. 4 - Chris Chirico (A&M) def. Lachlan Ferguson (IU), 6-3, 6-4
    No. 5 - Matt Bain (A&M) def. Michael McCarthy (IU), 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
    No. 6 - Santiago Gruter (IU) def. Kayvon Karimi (A&M), 6-3, 7-5



    No. 1 - Eilers-Ferguson (IU) def. Chirico-Pollock (A&M), 8-5
    No. 2 - Krajicek-Spencer (A&M) def. McLoughlin-Richter (IU), 8-5
    No. 3 - Peter Antons-Gruter (IU) def. Bain-Mike Beatty (A&M), 8-6

    Indiana returns to Bloomington for their next competition, a home match versus Louisville on Tuesday, March 18 at 1:30 p.m.


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