MEN TRAVEL TO KNOXVILLE
="weekly128"> January 28, 1998
MEN TRAVEL TO KNOXVILLE
Hoosiers compete in annual O'Charlies Classic
THIS WEEK: The Indiana tennis team heads to Knoxville Tennesse for the annual O'Charlies Classic. Competing along with the Hoosiers will be the tournament is round robin format and each team will face only one opponent each day. Indiana will face William and Mary on Friday, Michigan State on Saturday, and Tennessee on Sunday. Matches will begin at nine o'clock on the first three days, with final day competition beginning at 3:00 p.m.
LAST WEEK: After several dissapointing first round matches, the Hoosiers rebounded nicely in the Big Ten Singles Championships. Sophomore Gabriel Montilla was a pleasant surprise for the Hoosiers, stepping in for the injured Derek Pope and advancing to the quarterfinals before falling to Marc Silva of Northwestern. After a shaky first round match, Scott Lippitt rebounded nicely to advance to the back draw finals before defaulting to Illinois' Gavin Sontag.
MONTILLA THE MARVELOUS: Sophomore Gabriel Montilla was expected to play more of a key role this season after sitting out the Big Ten season last year. What happened last weekend, however, was more than a pleasant surprise for Coach Ken Hydinger. After Derek Pope went down with chin splints, Montilla stepped into the main draw from the 7&8 Flight competition and advanced to the quarterfinals, defeating the six seed and some extremely tough competition, before falling to eventual finalist Marc Silva of Northwestern.
CLASS OF 2002: Coach Ken Hydinger recently announced the signing of the class of 2002. Two seniors, Ramon Smiley and Ari Widlansky will join the Hoosiers next season. Smiley, completing his final prep season at Newark Academy in Union, New Jersey, is currently ranked 106th in the 1st year of 18's. The highlight of his junior career came when he finished 3rd at the National Indoor Championship. Widlansky, a senior at Taravella High School in Coral Springs, Florida, is ranked 117th in his first year of 18's standings. Last year he was ranked 16th nationally in doubles for 2nd year 16's.
YOUTH HAS BEEN SERVED: With only two seniors on the roster, Coach Hydinger will have to look to the underclassmen for help throughout the season. The teams three sophomores and four freshmen all have legitamate shots at competing for court time during the Big Ten season. This years young group is led by junior Scott Lippitt and sophomore George McGill. In order for the Hoosiers to be successful, however, they are going to have to get solid play and leadership from their two seniors, Andrew Held and Derek Pope.
HOOSIERS COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL FALL SEASON: Despite several injuries the Hoosiers managed to put together a strong tournament season last fall. Junior Scott Lippitt led the way for Indiana, compiling a 6-3 singles mark while going 6-5 against some tough doubles competition.
HEAD COACH KEN HYDINGER: Hydinger is entering his 14th year Indiana an is in his 19th year overall. In his 13 seasons at the helm of the Hoosiers he has compiled a record of 210-133-1 while earning a 276-178-1 record overall. Since taking over at Indiana in 1985, Hydinger has helped rebuild a struggling program and lead it back to national prominence. In the eight seasons following his arrival the Hoosiers averaged a 2nd place finish in what has been called one of the nations toughest conferences. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Hydinger coached Southwest Missouri State to a 23-3 record in 1978 before coaching Mississippi State for four seasons.
ON THE HORIZON: The Hoosiers Clemson and Kentucky in the annual Indiana Winter Invitational February 6-8. This will be the second time that the Hoosiers have met the Tigers this season as they competed in Clemson's Invitational in October. The Hoosiers claimed 4 of 7 singles matches from the Tigers, while taking all six doubles matches.
For More Information contact: David Shepley, Tennis SID - 812.855.9399
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