IU Falls in Heartbreaker to Minnesota
April 14, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana men's tennis (16-8, 4-4 Big Ten, No. 31) fell in heartbreaking fashion to No. 40 Minnesota on Saturday. Leading 3-1, the Hoosiers were unable to fight off a rally from the Gophers, falling 4-3. IU got a significant win from Josh MacTaggart at number two singles, taking down No. 78 Leandro Toledo in straight sets.
In doubles, MacTaggart and Alastair Barnes won 8-5 over Toledo and Juan Pablo Ramirez at number two, but losses at one and three sent the doubles point to the Gophers.
In singles, IU came out firing. The Hoosiers got wins from MacTaggart at two, Will Kendall at five and Dimitrije Tasic at six to take a 3-1 lead. MacTaggart took down Toledo 6-3, 6-4 for his second win over a ranked opponent this season. Kendall's 6-3, 6-4 win over Mathieu Froment is his fourth-straight win on the season. Tasic tallied his 20th win of the season by knocking off Jack Hamburg 6-4, 6-2.
Up 3-1, IU was in tight matches at one, three and four. After taking the first set, Isade Juneau was unable to slow down Rok Bonin at number one, falling 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2. Down 3-0, Stephen Vogl fought back to a 4-3 score in the third set, but Julian Dehn was able to turn it on and take the match 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3.
That tied the match at three, with Jeremy Langer and Phillip Arndt locked in the tightest of matches, after Arndt won the first set in a tiebreaker, the two were locked into a tiebreaker in the second as well. Arndt was able to control the tiebreaker and take the match, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (1).
Next up for IU men's tennis is a doubleheader with Wisconsin and Depauw on Sunday. For complete coverage of all things IU men's tennis, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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