Junior Zach Held looks to continue his hot streak against the Cardinals of Louisville.
Road Test After starting the season with wins against Toledo and Bowling Green, the Hoosiers take to the road to battle the Louisville Cardinals at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center at 3:30 p.m.
Inside the Numbers The Hoosiers and the Cardinals were both ranked in the ITAs preseason poll. Indiana holds down the 46th spot, 21 slots ahead of the 67th ranked Cardinals.
Indiana holds an 11-2 advantage against the Cardinals, including 4-2 away from the friendly confines of Bloomington. The last time these two teams met at Louisville, the Cardinals defeated Indiana 4-3 winning all their points in the singles events.
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Indiana Coaching Staff Ken Hydinger is in his 18th season as head coach of the Hoosiers with an overall record of 266-174-1 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.
Coachs Comments Commenting on upcoming opponent Louisville: I expect them to be very aggressive. They are a good, solid team from top to bottom. The match should be very competitive.
Commenting on Rahman Smileys status after missing singles match against Toledo: He is fine. He wasnt really injuried against Toledo, we just held him out as a type of preventive medicine. He has had problems with his shoulder in the past and it was bothering him after weights last week. We just wanted to keep him fresh with four matches in our first week.
Commenting on the freshmen in a tough environment: I think they will do alright. It will be a great learning experience for them, but I know our freshmen are a bunch of competitors.
Commenting on last weekend: In that second match, we were out there for a while because Bowling Green came out really agressive. We didnt break mentally and that was important. No one blinked and we kept on going.
Commenting on key points against Louisville: It will be important to see how the freshmen react to being in an aggressive environment. It will be a competitive match from one through six singles and one through three doubles.
Stiff Competition The No. 1 doubles team of freshman Ryan Recht and senior Rahman Smiley will face a stiff task in the Louisvilles Cody Conely and Paulo Carvalho. The Louisville team finished the fall season as the 18th ranked doubles team in the nation by the ITA.
Dynamic Duos In the spring opener, the Hoosiers gained both doubles points against Toledo and Bowling Green by winning all six doubles matches. The Hoosier duos of freshman Ryan Recht/senior Rahman Smiley and junior Zach Held/senior Milan Rakvica both went 2-0. Freshman Reid Strand combined with senior Ari Widlansky to defeat Toledo, 8-5. Then Strand and freshmen Jakub Praibis downed Bowling Green, 8-3.
Stepping up in the Clutch The Hoosiers juggled around the line-up after senior Rahman Smiley came up with a sore shoulder during his doubles match against Toledo. Indiana then bumped up freshmen Jakub Praibis to No. 2, junior Zach Held to No. 3, freshman Jon Magnes to No. 4, senior Ari Widlansky to No. 5 and freshman Tommy Bagnato into the final singles spot. Everyone responded with a victory as the Hoosiers posted a 7-0 shutout.
Eye Opener Freshman Jakub Praibis opened some eyes in his first match as a Hoosier. The Czech Republic native came back from down one set to win going away 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 2 singles spot.
Ranked After the fall season, senior Milan Rakvica was ranked 87th by the ITA and 19th in the Midwest Region. Last weekened against the Falcons of Bowling Green, Rakvica upended Bowling Greens ace and 70-ranked Geoff Hiscox in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Digging it out Senior Milan Rakvica dug himself out of a hole against Dipesh Rao of Toledo. After winning the first set 7-5, Rakvica then lost the second set 6-4 before coming back to win the third, 7-6 (3), in a tie-breaker. Rakvica overcame a 5-4 deficite to win the final set.
Closing in on the Record Books Senior Milan Rakvica now sits in eighth place on the Hoosiers career singles wins list with 81. He also is currently in eighth place on the all-time doubles wins list with 63. 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 - 81 9. Ian Arons - 77
9. Charles Wright - 77
9. Andrew Held - 77 All-time Doubles wins 1. Gunnar Salumaa - 77
2. David McCallum - 75
2. Derek Pope - 75
4 Gabriel Montilla - 73
5. Erik Barrett - 71
6. Ian Arons - 70
7. Tom Weise - 65 8. Milan Rakvica - 63 9. David Held - 62
10. Andrew Held - 61
Rolling on Top IUs tandom of junior Zach Held and senior Milan Rakvica are a hardy 6-0 as a team this season. The Indiana duo of freshman Ryan Recht and senior Rahman Smiley have a similarly impressive record at 6-1.
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-season and will add to the depth of the team. Praibis joins the Hoosiers via the Czech Repubic and Vulliez from Paris, France.
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.
Wet Behind the Ears The Hoosier freshmen racked 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.
Family Ties Indianapolis, Ind. native Zach Held is now comfortably at home. After spending one seasons at Michigan, he transferred to IU, where his two older brothers (David, 1990-93, and Andrew, 1995-97) spent their collegiate days.
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.