Another Big Win for the Hoosiers, Knocking off No. 13 Illinois
April 2, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - A week after knocking off a top-twenty Michigan team, the Hoosiers took down No. 13 Illinois on Saturday, coming back from down 3-1 for a 4-3 win. The Hoosiers once again got the deciding point from No. 109 Josh MacTaggart, his third clincher of the season. Indiana won four of the six singles matches for the victory after Illinois took the doubles point. The win is the first for the Hoosiers over the Illini since April 13, 1997. With Indiana is 17-4 on the season and 4-0 in Big Ten play.
Indiana head men's tennis coach Randy Bloemendaal said the team showed great toughness to take the win after dropping the doubles point for only the fourth time this season.
"I told them that we had to make a decision that we are the better team," Bloemendaal said. "Our guys wanted to come out on the court and see it, but you're not just going to see it, so I told them we've got to come back out and battle. And that is what we did."
The Hoosiers fell in two of the three doubles matches and lost at two singles to dig an early 2-0 hole. Stephen Vogl posted an impressive win at number six, winning 6-4, 6-1. The next match to finish was at number one, where the Illini won to leave zero room for error the rest of the way for IU.
Down 3-1, the rally was on. Freshman Claes Göransson won at number four, scoiring his first career win over a ranked opponent. He took down No. 61 Abe Souza in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5).
With the score at 3-2, the Hoosiers needed steady play from the racquets of MacTaggart at number three and Isade Juneau at number five. Juneau was the first to finish, knocking of Stephen Hoh 6-4, 3-6, 6-4.
That put all eyes on MacTaggart and #95 Johnny Hamui. Hamui had posted a dominating win in the first set and then opened the second set by breaking MacTaggart's serve, but MacTaggart got momentum back on his side and fired back to take the second set 6-4. The third set was all MacTaggart, as the Barnston, U.K., native took it 6-2 with his teammates all cheering him on.
The Hoosiers will look to remain unbeaten in conference when they host Iowa on Sunday. For complete coverage of IU men's tennis, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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