Men's Tennis

    Men Struggle At Big Ten Singles Championships

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    January 17, 1999

    Men Struggle At Big Ten Singles Championships

    Madison, Wis.-The Indiana Hoosiers men's tennis team continued the Big Ten Singles Championships today in Madison, Wisconsin. The tournament consists of all eleven teams in the Big Ten and will continue until Monday. The Hoosiers struggled in the main draw, as all eight players found themselves playing in the consolation draw.

    Junior Gabriel Montilla will be the only Hoosier still playing when play resumes tomorrow. Today, Montilla defeated Michigan State's Todd Kosta 7-6,3-6,6-3 in the first round of consolation play and then defeated Penn State's Jamie Gresh 6-2,6-2. He finished the afternoon off with wins against Ohio State's Andrew Carlson 3-6,6-3,6-4 and Wisconsin's Danny Westerman 6-3,6-2. Sophomore Ian Arons lost in the second round to 13th-seeded Jason Marshall of Purdue 6-3,6-4. In the second-round of the consolation draw, Arons defeated Michigan's Ben Cox 6-1,6-1. Arons went on to defeat Michigan's John Long, before being ousted by Royce Ramey of Illinois 6-4,6-4. Sophomore Paul Jacobson lost in the second round of the main draw to 6th-seeded Jamie Gordon of Purdue 6-4,6-4. He was then defeated in the second of consolation play by Wisconsin's Danny Westerman 6-7(4),6-1,6-3. Sophomore Milan Rakvica lost both matches that he played today. First, he lost in the main draw to 11th-seeded Chris Porter of Ohio State 7-5,6-2, before being knocked out of the tournament with a loss to Henry Beam of Michigan 6-2,7-6. Freshman Rahman Smiley bounced back with three straight wins after a loss yesterday. He defeated Iowa's Jason Dunn 6-1,4-6,6-3 in the first round of the consolation draw. He then defeated Arnaud Lantin of Illinois 6-4,6-4 and Penn State's Jeff Martini 6-2,6-0, before losing to Minnesota's Jorge Duenas 6-4,7-5. Sophomore Brendan Storey also advanced to the third round with a win over Eric Meditz of Penn State 4-6,6-0,6-4. He will face Minnesota's Martin Michalowski 6-2,7-5.

    In the No. 7 and No. 8 bracket, both freshman Ari Widlansky and junior Ricardo Jordan lost in the first round. Widlansky was knocked off by Ben Schreiber of Illinois 4 6,6-3,7-6. Jordan lost to Wisconsin's Dave Sacks 6-3,6-1. In the consolation, Widlansky defeated Ohio State's John Johanssen 7-6,6-2, before losing to Northwestern's Jamie Sahara 6-3,1-6,6-3. Jordan defeated Michigan State's Navneet Narala 6-1,6-2, before he was knocked off by Purdue's Laith Al-Agba 6-3,4-6,7-6(4).

    The Hoosiers will continue play tomorrow, as Gabriel Montilla faces Minnesota's Martin Michalowski in the semifinals of the consolation draw. The match will take place at 9 A.M. From Madison, Wisconsin. If Montilla wins, he will conclude the tournament in the finals of the consolation draw tomorrow afternoon.

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