Badgers Get By Indiana, 4-3
April 5, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #39 Indiana University men's tennis team won their 15th doubles point of the season and two singles matches before eventually dropping a 4-3 decision to #35 Wisconsin on Saturday.
Redshirt freshmen Phillip Eilers and Lachlan Ferguson filled the top doubles slot, crushing their competition by a score of 8-1. It was their fifth win in their last six matches together. A Badger win in the third doubles match put the pressure on IU seniors Dara McLoughlin and Thomas Richter in the No. 2 doubles flight.
Things were not looking good for the Cream and Crimson when McLoughlin and Richter were down 7-6 and a service break. The Hoosier tandem fended off Wisconsin's potentially match-clinching serve, however, to start their surge back and force a tiebreaker. Wisconsin grabbed a 3-1 lead, but IU then ripped off six consecutive points to win the tiebreaker, match and team doubles point.
First and second singles each went in favor of the Badgers to begin singles play. Ferguson then righted the ship with a straight-set victory over Michael Dierberger in the No. 4 position, winning 7-6(5), 6-2 and evening the team score at 2-2. It marked Ferguson's third Big Ten triumph in a row.
The next two completed singles contests were split, continuing the 3-3 stalemate. Freshman Santiago Gruter defeated Luke Rassow-Kanter, 6-4, 7-6(4), in the No. 5 match-up. The No. 6 singles match and the team result came down to a third set. Wisconsin's Felipe Bellido came out on top, 6-2, to secure the team victory.
The Hoosiers will host another Big Ten match on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. versus the Northwestern Wildcats.
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