April 27, 2012
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Indiana men's tennis (23-8, 7-4 Big Ten, No. 27) won a tight match over Minnesota, 4-3. The win advances the Hoosiers to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament for the second-straight season. IU won the doubles point and got wins from Will Kendall, Josh MacTaggart and Stephen Vogl to clinch the win. MacTaggart's win is his 35th of the season, breaking the IU record for singles wins in a season. IU will play No. 1 seed Ohio State in the semifinals on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. CT. IU has 23 wins on the season, tying the school record they set a year ago.
In doubles, Vogl and Kendall took care of business, knocking off Jack Hamburg and Phillip Arndt 8-4 at number three. After a Minnesota win at number one, all eyes turned MacTaggart and Alastair Barnes, who were locked in a tight one with Leandro Toledo and Juan Pablo Ramirez at number two. The match went all the way to tiebreaker, where the Hoosiers prevailed.
In singles, Kendall stormed out to a 6-0, 6-3 win at number five, putting IU up 2-1. The rally was on for the Gophers, who won at one, three and six to take a 3-2 lead. That left MacTaggart and No. 89 Toledo at two and Vogl and Julian Dehn at four, with both matches in a third set. MacTaggart was able to take down Toledo for his seventh win this season over a ranked opponent, winning 6-4, 5-7, 6-3. The 79th-ranked junior from Barnston, U.K., has won his last four matches versus ranked opponents.
With the score tied at 3-3, Vogl controlled things late to win 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5. The win avenges a loss to the Gophers earlier this month. The Hoosiers haven't lost since that April 14th matchup and are on a seven-match winning streak.
The Hoosiers are back in action tomorrow morning, playing No. 1 seed Ohio State at 9:30 a.m. CT. For complete coverage of all things IU men's tennis, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.