January 29, 2000
Men's Tennis Begins Season With Upset Win Over Notre Dame
Win Gives Coach Hydinger 300th Career
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
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.