Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Head Southwest, Challenge Three Teams to Duals

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Will Kendall
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Will Kendall
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 21, 2009

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    The 44th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers will look to continue its undefeated season against steeper competition when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for three dual meets. The first matchup is with the New Mexico Military Institute. It will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.

    Next up will be the third all-time meeting between the Hoosiers and the New Mexico Lobos. The all-time series is tied at 1-1. New Mexico is ranked #42 nationally, and singles standout Graeme Kassautzki is the 86th ranked player in the country.

    On Saturday, the Hoosiers will square off with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for the first time ever. The Islanders enter the meet ranked 75th in the country.

    The Hoosiers opened their 2009 campaign of dual meets with three wins over Eastern Kentucky, Toledo and Gardner-Webb. The team dropped just two singles matches and no doubles matches in a day that saw them matchup 23 times.

    Against Eastern Kentucky, the number three doubles combo of senior Peter Antons and freshman Maxime Armengaud got things rolling with an 8-0 dismissal of Vadzim Ivanis and E. Piriz Fernandez. The Hoosiers went on to win 7-0, with every match ending in straight sets.

    Toledo provided a little tougher test, but IU still managed a 6-1 victory, highlighted by Antons winning 13 of the final 15 games to close out Jayson Miller in a three set thriller that saw Antons drop the first set and fall behind 0-4 in the second. He went on to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-1.

    While Gardner-Webb's Evgeny Slesarev was able to take the number one singles bout, the Hoosiers were still able to defeat the Bulldogs 6-1. Freshmen Stephen Vogl and Will Kendall found a way to win their number three doubles match. Trailing late, the combo forced a tiebreaker with Rafael Altmayer and Carlos Quijano. In the tiebreaker, the IU rookies dominated, winning 7-2.




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