Spring Schedule Preview - Part I
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 22, at Notre Dame. This is the first of a two-part preview of the men's spring slate of matches. The first part will detail the non-conference ledger of opponents.
The Fighting Irish is one of five teams that advanced to the 2004 NCAA Men's Tennis Championship on the Hoosiers non-conference docket this spring.
Notre Dame finished 15-9 in 2004 and 33rd in the final Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll last June. Sophomore Stephen Bass, currently the No. 4 ranked player in the Midwest Region, paces the Irish.
The Cream and Crimson will host its first home matches, as part of a doubleheader, on Jan. 29, as Murray State and Butler travel to Bloomington for a three-team round robin set. IU will face Murray State, followed by a Murray State-Butler match-up, and IU and Butler will play in the finale.
After the Hoosiers host Middle Tennessee State on Feb. 5, they will travel to Charlottesville, Va., to battle 2004 NCAA-participant Virginia on Feb. 12. The Cavaliers advanced to the round of 16 at last year's NCAA Championships, concluded the year with a 24-4 mark and earned a national ranking of 10th. UVA features three players in the top-10 of the Mideast Region rankings, led by junior Rylan Rizza at No. 5.
IU will travel to Durham, N.C., to face N.C. State on Feb. 13 for the second match of its Southern state swing.
On Feb. 18 and 20, the Hoosiers will host a pair of 2004 NCAA tournament squads in Louisville and Vanderbilt. Louisville closed the 2004 season with a 19-9 record and a national ranking of 40th. Vanderbilt's successful campaign saw it advance to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA's and garner a final ranking of 16th. Senior Scott Brown leads the Commodores with a No. 5 ranking in the Southeast Region.
Four days later the Hoosiers travel to Muncie, Ind. for a showdown with intra-state rival Ball State.
After a pair of Big Ten matches, IU will close its non-conference docket of matches at Kentucky (Mar. 9) and at home versus Indianapolis (Feb. 19) and Toledo (Feb. 20). The Wildcats closed the season 14th in the national rankings after advancing to the round of 32 at the NCAA Championships. Senior Jesse Witten, ranked No. 2 in the Southeast Region, is the top-returning Wildcat.
Complete 2005 Spring Schedule
Log back onto IUHOOSIERS.com on Thursday, Jan. 6, for the second part of this preview detailing the Big Ten schedule.
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