Senior Milan Rakvica closes in on seventh place on the all-time wins list.
Hoosiers Play Host Indiana opens the spring season by playing host to Mid-American Conference opponents, the Toledo Rockets and the Bowling Green Falcons. The Hoosiers will meet the Rockets at 9:00 a.m. and the Falcons at 3:00 p.m. The matches will be played at the Indiana Tennis Center.
Inside the Numbers The Hoosiers own a perfect record against both Toledo and Bowling Green. IU has defeated the Falcons in all three of the teams meetings and the Rockets in the teams only meeting.
Match Results Complete match results will be made available on the web at iuhoosiers.com following the event. Results can be viewed and printed out by choosing the mens tennis link from the main menu. For more information, contact Kris Sears at (812) 855-9399 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Coaching Staff Ken Hydinger is in his 18th season as head coach of the Hoosiers with an overall record of 264-174-1 and a 116-88 mark in Big Ten play. In his 17 seasons at Indiana, Hydinger has led four teams to 20-win seasons and only two of his teams have finished with a sub-.500 record. Hydinger has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year once (1992), has produced 23 all-Big Ten Players and two Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winners.
Coach Hydinger is assisted by Ondrej Holik, who returns for his fourth season at IU. A native of the Czech Republic, Holik competed at the Technical University Ostrava until arriving in the United States after his junior year in college. Before coming to IU, Holik played for the Broncos of Western Michigan University.
Home Court Advantage Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger has a staggering 16-1 record in home openers. His lone loss came in the 1994 season when the Hoosiers fell to the Clemson Tigers in the Indiana Classic.
Coachs Comments Commenting on upcoming opponents Toledo and Bowling Green: They are both really good opponents and we have to play two in one day. I have seen Toledos top players and they are very good. It is going to be a real challenge facing them. Bowling Green has probably the best team they have had. It is going to be a real competitive weekend.
Commenting on January schedule: Bowling Green and Toledo are the start of a difficult January for us. We also have to travel to Louisville and we have Ball State here. We are not playing an easy schedule. It will be a real challenge for us.
Commenting on opening at home: It is not a big deal, just as long as we are playing. It is nice that we dont have to travel during the winter with the bad conditions.
Commenting on the Indianas newest players: They are quality players that can play both singles and doubles. Both of them have good prep backgrounds and records, but it will be tough for them coming in. It will take a little bit to evaluate them because they are adjusting to a new country, language, and people.
Wet Behind the Ears The Hoosier freshmen rack up some impressive records during the fall season. Ryan Recht collected a singles record of 5-6 and a doubles record of 7-2 during the fall. Recht teamed with senior Rahman Smiley to advance to the finals of the Clemson Classic Doubles tournament, and then paired with junior Zach Held advancing to the finals of the Bracket A Doubles of the Louisville Invitational. Jon Magnes had a strong performance at the Clemson Classic placing fourth(out of 64) on his way to a 6-2 fall singles record. Tommy Bagnato posted a singles record of 6-7 this fall and was labeled the most consistent freshman by Coach Hydinger. Efriam Kandinov amassed a fall singles record of 4-3, while advancing to the finals of the Flight B Bracket at the Louisville Invitational.
New to the Program The Hoosiers recently added two new recruits to the mix. Freshmen Jakub Praibis and Juliun Vulliez have joined IU at mid-semester and will add to the depth of the team. Praibis joins the Hoosiers via the Czech Repubic and Vulliez from Paris, France.
Family Ties Indianapolis, Ind. native Zach Held is now comfortably at home. After spending two seasons at Michigan, he transferred to IU, where his two older brothers (David, 1990-93, and Andrew, 1995-97) spent their collegiate days.
Youth Movement The Hoosiers return only four players from last seasons NCAA Tournament team. Seniors Milan Rakvica, Rahman Smiley, Ari Widlansk, and junior, Zach Held are the lone returners. Ten freshmen make up the rest of Indianas rosters.
Closing in on the Record Books Senior Milan Rakvica heads into the Hoosiers spring season eighth on the career singles wins list with 79. He also sits in 12th place in the Hoosiers all-time doubles wins list with 58.
All-time Singles wins
1. Sven Salumaa- 108
2. Gunnar Salumaa - 106
3. David McCallum - 98
4. Eion Collins - 95
5. David Russell - 88
6. Paul Jacobson - 86
7. David Held - 82 8. Milan Rakvica - 79
Two is Better than One The Hoosiers have a set of twins on the squad this season. Efriam and Michael Kandinov hail from Jamaica Estates, N.Y. the duo finished their prep career ranked No. 22 nationally in doubles. Efriam advanced to the fifth round of the National Open Singles tournament in Florida this past summer. Michael also participated in the event.
Leader of the Pack Senior Rahman Smiley leads the Hoosiers in victories following the
fall season. Smiley has amassed a 7-5 singles record during the fall
season. He also had a doubles record of 4-1 during the fall.
Highly Regarded The senior duo of Milan Rakvica and Rahman Smiley were seeded in the top 12 at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships. Rakvica was the second ranked player, while Smiley came in seeded 12th.
Big Ten Killer Senior Rahman Smiley has killed Big Ten competition going 21-12 for his career. Last season, Smiley became only the 11th Hoosier to win 10 matches in Big Ten play. With two more wins in conference play he will move into 10th place on the all-time Big Ten wins list.