South Bend, Ind. - In its second dual match of the season Indiana defeated No. 27 Notre Dame, 4-3. The Fighting Irish have owned nine of the last 11 meetings against the Hoosiers going into todays match at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. Notre Dame captured two of the three doubles matches, earning the doubles point, but fell to the Hoosiers 4-2 in singles play.
The Hoosiers extend their dual match record to 2-0 as the Fighting Irish opened up their season 0-1.
This was a great day for IU tennis, interim head coach Matthew Pledger said. Everyone contributed to the win. The guys have really come together.
Brent DAmico and Eric Scott led the Fighting Irish off in the number one doubles position against Hoosier teammates Zach Held and Ryan Recht. DAmico and Scott defeated the pair 8-5.
Brent (DAmico) and Eric (Scott) got out on top early on Ryan and Zach, Pledger said. Our guys never gave up, but Brent and Eric really earned the victory today.
Representing Indiana in the number two slot was Victor Libal and Petr Novotny. The oversees duo were knocked off by Luis Haddock and Brian Farrell, 8-1.
Notre Dame came out on fire in the doubles play today, said Pledger. Haddock and Farrell played awesome. They didnt make any mistakes.
Playing in the number three position for the Hoosiers was freshman John Stone and sophomore Jakub Praibis. The pair never gave up despite knowing that the team had already lost the point. Stone and Praibis won their set, 8-6, over Notre Dames Paul McNaughton and Nicolas Lopez.
I was pleased with John and Jakubs fight, Pledger said. They knew that the point was already lost, but they continued to fight and really set the tone for singles play.
After a disappointing start, the Hoosiers rallied back to defeat the Fighting Irish in singles play. Viktor Libal faced tough competition as he went up against the experienced No. 72 nationally ranked Luis Haddock. Libal, who is playing in only his second dual match of his collegiate career, was defeated 6-4, 6-2.
Jakub Praibis also faced a nationally ranked contender in Matthew Scott. Scott, ranked 119 in the January 13 poll, was defeated in two sets, 6-1, 7-6.
The only other Notre Dame victory of the evening came from the number three position as Brent DAmico defeated Petr Novotny in a close 7-5, 6-4 win.
Senior and team leader Zach Held played in the number four spot for the Hoosiers, defeating Brian Farrell. Held lost the first set, 4-6, but fought back to win his final two, 6-2, 6-3.
Zach didnt let the loss get him down, said Pledger. He played smart after losing his first set. He used his opponents weakness to his advantage.
Playing in the number five slot was Ryan Recht. Recht moved past Eric Langenkamp in just two sets, 6-4, 7-5.
Wrapping up singles play in the number six position was Jullien Vulliez. Similar to Held, Vulliez fought back from a first set loss to move past Patrick Buchanon, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.
I was very impressed with Julliens play today, coach Pledger said. He got down early and sometimes when that happens he lets that get to him, but not today. He stayed positive and fought back. I was very proud of him.
The Hoosiers will be back in action on Sunday, January 26, when they host Middle Tennessee State at the IU Varsity Courts. Doubles play is set to begin at noon, with singles starting immediately upon conclusion.
Singles 1) Luis Haddock (ND) def. Viktor Libal (IU); 6-4, 6-2
2) Jakub Praibis (IU) def. Matthew Scott (ND); 6-1, 7-6
3) Brent DAmico (ND) def. Petr Novotny (IU); 7-5, 6-4
4) Zach Held (IU) def. Brian Farrell (ND); 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
5) Ryan Recht (IU) def. Eric Langenkamp (ND); 6-4, 7-5
6) Jullien Vulliez (IU) def. Patrick Buchanon (ND); 4-6, 6-3, 6-2