The red-hot Indiana mens tennis team is back in action this week, as the Hoosiers host North Carolina State at 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Off To A Fast Start The Hoosiers roared out of the gates in their first three matches of the spring dual match season, picking up wins over Murray State, No. 27 Notre Dame and No. 37 Middle Tennessee.
Particularly impressive was the 4-3 win over the Irish, because it came in South Bend and wasnt decided until the final match of the day, when Indianas Zach Held claimed a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over the Irishs Brian Farrell at number four singles.
Indiana-4, No. 27 Notre Dame-3 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
Dont Get Too Content The Hoosiers would be wise to not get too wrapped up in their two big wins last week, because a very difficult slate of opponents still awaits.
Of Indianas 22 dual matches this spring, seven are against teams ranked in the national top 30 in the latest ITA poll, 15 are ranked among the top 51 teams in the nation and 17 are ranked in the top 75.
Hydinger To Miss Spring Indiana mens tennis head coach Ken Hydinger will miss the Spring dual match season, as he is currently on administrative leave.
Assistant coach Matthew Pledger will step in and serve as the interim head coach.
Hydinger will resume his head coaching duties on July 1.
This is something that we have done by coachs request, Interim Athletic Director Terry Clapacs said. I support that, and the well-being of our coaches is paramount to Indiana University.
I am very appreciative of Mr. Clapacs understanding, Hydinger said. I very much look forward to getting back into things in July.
About Pledger Matthew Pledger joins the Hoosiers in his first season as an assistant coach. Prior to coming to Indiana Pledger served as the head tennis professional at Middletown Tennis Club in Middletown, Ohio. There he was responsible for Junior Development and the growth of the future tennis program.
Pledger graduated from Mississippi State University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Fitness Management, with a minor in Business.
At Mississippi State Pledger was named to the All-Southeastern Conference tennis team on two occasions and in 1997 earned First Team All-American honors. Academically Pledger excelled as well, earning Academic All-South Eastern Conference on twice.
Pledger has a wealth of experience touring professionally. From 1997-2000 he competed on the ATP Tour, the Challenger Circuit, and the Futures Circuit. During this stint Pledger obtained a doubles rankings of 256 in the world and a singles ranking of 653.
"I am very excited to be here," Pledger said. "I feel that this is going to be great fit for myself. I think that it is going to be an exciting year and I have a lot to offer the program."
Whats Next Following Saturdays match, the Hoosiers will be back in action at 5:30 p.m. on February 7 at the IU Tennis Center when they host No. 46 Louisville.t