Bloomington, Ind. - The Hoosiers opened up the spring dual season in winning fashion, claiming all three doubles matches and all six singles matches over Murray State.
"This is a great, positive start for our season," interim head coach Matthew Pledger said. "I am proud of the guys, especially with all of the changes that have been going on. The whole week in practice they were positive and excited about the season. Their hard work showed today."
Senior Zach Held (Indianapolis, Ind.) teamed up with sophomore Ryan Recht (Ft. Wayne, Ind.) in the number one doubles position defeating Murray State's Adam Maskill and Masimba Muskwe in a close match that was won 9-7.
The senior/freshman combination of Petr Novotny (Prahan, Czech Republic) and Viktor Libal (Vienna, Austria) competed in the number two doubles position. The oversees combo were victorious over Thiago Gowdim and Richemn Mourad, 8-5.
In the number three doubles slot in today's match was freshman and Indianapolis native John Stone and sophomore Jakub Praibis (Litomerice, Czech republic). The duo defeated Zakaria Bahri and Craig Jacobs in a rapid match, 8-2.
Starting off the spring dual season in the number one position was freshman Viktor Libal. Coming off of a pair of matches at the Big Ten Singles Championships during the fall, defeating Penn State's Roddy Cantey in three sets in his first match, and then coming back to claim a straight-set win over Ohio State's Joel Carney in the consolation bracket, Libal started off his spring debut with a victory over Thiago Gowdim, 6-3, 6-3.
"I wasn't very nervous," Libal said. "I stayed focus throughout the match. I played well I think. I started off well, and continued to serve well throughout the sets. I feel that this will give me confidence for the rest of the season. As a team we performed well as well. A good start is important for any team. We just need to make sure that we are ready for the competition ahead of us."
After compiling a 15-5 record in his first year at the collegiate level (last season), Jakub Praibis performed in the number two singles position in today's dual competition. Perhaps one of Indiana's most consistent performers, Praibis proved true to form, defeating Masimba Muskwe, 6-2, 6-0.
Competing for the first time as a Hoosier, Petr Novotny contended in the number three position against Zakaria Bahri. Again another Hoosier won in two-straight sets, 6-3, 6-3.
Senior Zach Held, the most experienced of anyone on the Indiana roster, competed this afternoon in the number four position. Held won in three over Adam Maskill, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
"Adam Maskil (Murray State) is a great player and gave Zach a run," coach Pledger said. "Adam is very talented. Zach (Held) battled and got his game together, playing more aggressive in his third set then in his first two. I was really proud of his effort, as I was with all of the guys on the team today."
Playing in the number five singles spot was sophomore Ryan Recht. Recht, who was the Hoosiers' most pleasant surprise of the fall, advancing to the round of 16 at the Big Ten Singles Championships, moved past Richemn Mourad in two, 6-2, 6-1.
To wrap up singles play in the number six slot was sophomore Jullien Vulliez. Vulliez went up against Craig Jacobs, defeating Jacobs in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1.
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Friday, January 24, when they face Notre Dame is South Bend, Ind. Doubles action is set for 4 p.m.