Spring Schedule Preview - Part II
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 22, at Notre Dame. This is the second of a two-part preview of the men's spring slate of matches. The second part will detail the Big Ten ledger of opponents.
The Hoosiers will open their Big Ten competition against Illinois on Mar. 5 in Bloomington. The Fighting Illini advanced to the semifinal round of the 2004 NCAA Championships and received a final Intercollegiate Tennis Association ranking of second. Illinois went undefeated through the regular-season and garnered the No. 1 seed for the NCAA Championships. The Fighting Illini advanced to the national semifinal before falling 4-2 to UCLA.
Illinois has a pair of players, junior Ryler Deheart and sophomore GD Jones, resting in the top-10 of the Midwest Region, at No. 1 and No. 6, respectively.
IU will face Penn State at home, on Feb. 6, in its second Big Ten match of the season. The Nittany Lions ended last season with a 10-9 overall and 4-6 in the conference, with one of their Big Ten loses coming to IU by the score of 6-1.
After a trio of non-conference matches, the Hoosiers will host intra-state rival Purdue on Mar. 26. The Boilermakers (10-12, 5-5 in 2004) bested the Hoosiers last year, 5-2, but IU holds a 46-25-1 all-time advantage in the series.
Indiana will have seven Big Ten matches in April, starting with a road trip to Northwestern (Apr. 2) and Wisconsin (Apr. 3). The Wildcats closed 2004 with a 15-9 overall record and 5-5 effort in league action, including a close 4-3 win over the Hoosiers. The Badgers struggled to 8-15 overall and 2-8 in Big Ten play last year, including a 5-2 loss to the Cream and Crimson.
The Hoosiers will then have back-to-back league matches against 2004 NCAA Tournament participants. On Apr. 9, IU will travel to Columbus, Ohio to battle 2004 regular-season runner-up Ohio State. The Buckeyes earned an at-large big to the NCAA Championships after concluding the season with a 25-5 record and a 9-1 mark in conference action. OSU advanced to the quarterfinals before being ousted, 4-0, by eventual National Champion Baylor.
Sophomore Devin Mullins and sophomore Joey Atas are the top-two returning Buckeyes. Mullins is ranked No. 2 and Atas is tied for No. 4, while juniors Scott Green and Ross Wilson rank first in the Midwest Region for doubles duos.
On Apr. 16, the Hoosiers will welcome Minnesota to Bloomington. The Golden Gophers were the third conference team to earn a spot at the 2004 NCAA Championships after a 14-10 regular season and an 8-2 Big Ten mark. Senior Avery Ticer, No. 8 in the Midwest Region, is Minnesota's No. 1 player.
The Cream and Crimson will play its final home Big Ten match on Apr. 17 against Iowa. The Hoosiers took a 7-0 decision from the Hawkeyes (3-17, 0-10) last spring.
IU will travel to Michigan for its final two regular-season conference tilts of the spring. The Hoosiers will battle Michigan on Apr. 23 and Michigan State on Apr. 24. Indiana beat both the Wolverines (13-9, 4-6) and the Spartans (17-13, 3-7) last year by the scores of 6-1 and 4-3, respectively.
The 2005 Big Ten Championships are slated for Apr. 28 - May 1 at the University of Illinois.
Complete 2005 Spring Schedule | Part I: Non-Conference Preview
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