Men's Tennis

    Men's Tennis Begins Season With Upset Win Over Notre Dame 4-3


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    January 29, 2000

    Men's Tennis Begins Season With Upset Win Over Notre Dame 4-3

    Win Gives Coach Hydinger 300th Career Win

    Bloomington, IN - The 40th ranked Hoosiers (1-0) snapped an eight match losing streak to 22nd ranked Notre Dame (1-2), as they upset the Fighting Irish 4-3 today at the IU Tennis Center. The win was capped off by Gabriel Montilla's win over Casey Smith 7-6(2),7-6(5) and gave head coach Ken Hydinger his 300th career win.

    Indiana began the day by taking the doubles point winning two out of the three matches. Ian Arons and Montilla defeated 48th ranked Javier Taborga and Aaron Talarico 8-6 at the No. 1 position. With the match tied at 1-1, 47th ranked Milan Rakvica and Rahman Smiley bounced back from a 7-5 deficit to defeat Ryan Sachire and Trent Miller 9-8(2) at the No. 2 position. At No. 3, Paul Jacobson and Ari Widlansky dropped their match to Casey Smith and James Malhame 8-2.

    The Hoosiers dropped the first two singles matches, before winning the last three out of four to take the match. Smiley won his match over Talarico 6-4,6-4 at No. 5. Arons, playing at the No. 2 position, knocked off 65th ranked Matt Daly 6-4,7-5 to give the Hoosiers a 3-2 edge, before Montilla clinched the victory. At No. 1, 84th ranked Milan Rakvica dropped a hard fought match to 14th ranked Sachire 6-1,6-4. Jacobson, playing at No. 4, fell in a three-set tiebreaker to Javier Taborga 6-4,3-6,7-6(7). Widlansky fell to Andrew Laflin 6-4,6-3 at No. 6.

    Head Coach Ken Hydinger said, "I thought the team came focused and played with determination. We had the chance to win the match and I am very pleased with how they played. We set a standard with the win today and if we can keep that standard, we can have a very good year."

    The Hoosiers will return to action next weekend as they welcome Arkansas, Kentucky and North Carolina State to Bloomington for the Indiana Winter Invitational.

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