January 31, 2002
Indiana Hosts Double Dip on Saturday
Senior Rahman Smiley looks to get back on track against Southwest Missouri State and Murray State.
Indiana continues its four game home stand by playing host to a pair of matches Saturday, February 2. The Hoosiers will first take on the Southwest Missouri State Bears at 9:00 a.m. and then return to the court at 5:00 p.m. to face defending Ohio Valley Champion Mrrray State. Murray State and Southwest Missouri State will also play one another at 2:00 p.m. All three matches will be played at the Indiana Tennis Center.
Inside the Numbers
The Hoosiers own a winning mark against both of their Saturday opponents. IU holds a 14-4 advantage over the Racers of Murray State, including a 14-2 mark at home. Indiana has won the last seven meetings between the clubs. The Hoosiers won their last meeting with the Racers 6-1 in Bloomington last year.
Indiana also holds a slim 2-1 advantage over the Southwest Missouri State Bears. The Hoosiers have won both meetings in Bloomington. The last time the two teams met was during the 1996 season, when IU disposed of the Bears, 7-0.
Complete match results will be made available on the web at iuhoosiers.com following the event. Results can be viewed and printed out by choosing the mens tennis link from the main menu. For more information, contact Kris Sears at (812) 855-9399 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Coaching Staff
Ken Hydinger is in his 18th season as head coach of the Hoosiers with an overall record of 267-174-1 and a 116-88 mark in Big Ten play. In his 17 seasons at Indiana, Hydinger has led four teams to 20-win seasons and only two of his teams have finished with a sub-.500 record. Hydinger has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year once (1992), has produced 23 all-Big Ten Players and two Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winners.
Coach Hydinger is assisted by Ondrej Holik, who returns for his fourth season at IU. A native of the Czech Republic, Holik competed at the Technical University Ostrava until arriving in the United States after his junior year in college. Before coming to IU, Holik played for the Broncos of Western Michigan University.
Commenting on upcoming opponent Southwest Missouri State:
I dont really know a lot about Southwest Missouri State, but if we are not ready to play they will beat us.
Commenting on upcoming opponent Murray State:
Murray State played Kentucky tough. They beat Kentucky at No.. He is tough, and we have never beat him. They had three guys go 7-6 in the first set against Kentucky. Kentucky has one of the best teams they have ever had down there. Murray State is going to be a real tough match.
Commenting on two matches in one day:
We just need to get the job done. It will be a challenge, and we have to go out and respond. That which does not destroy you will make you stronger.
Commenting the aggression of the freshmen:
If they want to play they will come out with aggression. Guys get over nerves and realizing what it takes to cut it in college. We are working towards them coming out aggressive.
Commenting on the keys of this weekends matches:
It is all in the mind and being ready for the matches. You have to have respect for the game and for your opponents. The key to perfroming well is between the ears. Tennis is a mind game
with the body frame.
Home Sweet Home
All three of the Hoosiers victories this season have come at home. Before its match with Ball State, Indiana had only dropped one point on its home court.
Leading the Way
Leadership starts at the top and works its way down. With only four upperclassmen and ten freshman, Coach Ken Hydinger has selected senior Rahman Smiley and junior Zach Held as the captains for this years squad.
The Hoosiers have won every doubles point this season. IU is headed by the No. 3 spot in which Indiana has used two combinations to remain perfect. Senior Ari Widlansky and freshman Reid Strand won the first match for the Hoosiers at the No. 3 doubles spot, while freshmen Jakub Praibis and Strand took home the last three matches.
Getting Back on Track
Senior Milan Rakvica got back on track with a straight sets victory over Ball States Jason Pressel. After being hampered by back problems during the fall season, Rakvica is off to a 3-1 start this spring. He finished the fall part of the schedule with a record of 6-4.
After his 6-4, 6-0 victory over Pressel, Rakvica had this to say. "I think I played my best tennis that I have played all year today. My serve was really on and stayed in. I also had great ground strokes. It was just a good win for us today.
Closing in on the Record Books
Senior Milan Rakvica now sits in eighth place on the Hoosiers career singles wins list with 82. He also is currently in eighth place on the all-time doubles wins list with 64.
All-time Singles wins
1. Sven Salumaa- 108
2. Gunnar Salumaa - 106
3. David McCallum - 98
4. Eion Collins - 95
5. David Russell - 88
6. Paul Jacobson - 86
7. Milan Rakvica - 82
7. David Held - 82
9. Ian Arons - 77
9. Charles Wright - 77
9. Andrew Held - 77
All-time Doubles wins
1. Gunnar Salumaa - 77
2. David McCallum - 75
2. Derek Pope - 75
4 Gabriel Montilla - 73
5. Erik Barrett - 71
6. Ian Arons - 70
7. Tom Weise - 65
8. Milan Rakvica - 64
9. David Held - 62
10. Andrew Held - 61
Senior Rahman Smiley (pronounced Ra-mon) has been solid as a rock for the Hoosiers at the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles spots. Smiley has teamed with freshman Ryan Recht to win all three spring doubles matches. Smiley has also won two straight singles match including the teams lone singles victory against Louisville. He sat out the Toledo singles because of soreness in his shoulder. The Union, New Jersey native is currently 9-5 in singles and 7-1 in doubles this season.
With 67 career singles victories Smiley is only 10 victories away from cracking IUs top 10 list in career wins. He is also only seven doubles victories away from breaking into that career top 10. Smiley currently has a 54-36 record as a doubles player for his career.
The Hoosiers play five freshmen in their top eight positions. In singles the Hoosiers start a line-up that includes freshmen at the No. 3, No. 5 and 6 spots. In doubles, freshman Ryan Recht plays No. 1 doubles with senior Rahman Smiley, and at the third doubles spot the Hoosiers use the freshmen duo of Reid Strand and Jakub Praibis.
Recht has a doubles record of 10-2 this season including a 7-1 record with Smiley as his partner. The doubles team of Strand and Praibis are 2-0 as a team this spring. In singles, freshman Tommy Bagnato is 2-1 this spring and 8-7 overall. Praibis is also 2-1 this spring after joining the Hoosiers mid-season.
Indiana has wrapped up the doubles point in all three of their matches this spring. The Hoosiers are a combined 8-1 in doubles action during the spring including sweeps of Toledo and Bowling Green in the opening weekend. IU has used only four combination during the spring season. The Hoosiers started their first match with a doubles line-up of freshman Ryan Recht/senior Rahman Smiley at No. 1, junior Zach Held/senior Milan Rakvica at No. 2, and the third pair of freshman Reid Strand/senior Ari Widlansky. The only change the Hoosiers incurred was in the third spot where freshmen Jakub Praibis and Strand have played the last two matches.
In the spring opener, the Hoosiers gained both doubles points against Toledo and Bowling Green by winning all six doubles matches.
The Hoosier duos of freshman Ryan Recht/senior Rahman Smiley and junior Zach Held/senior Milan Rakvica both went 2-0. Freshman Reid Strand combined with senior Ari Widlansky to defeat Toledo, 8-5. Then Strand and freshmen Jakub Praibis downed Bowling Green, 8-3.
After the fall season, senior Milan Rakvica was ranked 87th by the ITA and 19th in the Midwest Region. Last weekend against the Falcons of Bowling Green, Rakvica upended Bowling Greens ace and 70-ranked Geoff Hiscox in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Stepping up in the Clutch
The Hoosiers juggled around the line-up after senior Rahman Smiley came up with a sore shoulder during his doubles match against Toledo. Indiana then bumped up freshmen Jakub Praibis to No. 2, junior Zach Held to No. 3, freshman Jon Magnes to No. 4,
senior Ari Widlansky to No. 5 and freshman Tommy Bagnato into
the final singles spot. Everyone responded with a victory as the Hoosiers posted a 7-0 shutout.
Freshman Jakub Praibis opened some eyes in his first match as a Hoosier. The Czech Republic native came back from down one set to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 in the No. 2 singles spot.
Digging it out
Senior Milan Rakvica dug himself out of a hole against Dipesh Rao of Toledo. After winning the first set 7-5, Rakvica then lost the second set 6-4 before coming back to win the third, 7-6 (3), in a tie-breaker. Rakvica overcame a 5-4 deficit to win the final set.
Rolling on Top
IUs tandem of junior Zach Held and senior Milan Rakvica are a hardy 6-0 as a team this season. The Indiana duo of freshman Ryan Recht and senior Rahman Smiley have a similarly impressive record at 6-1.
New to the Program
The Hoosiers recently added two new recruits to the mix. Freshmen Jakub Praibis and Juliun Vulliez have joined IU at mid-season and will add to the depth of the team. Praibis joins the Hoosiers via the Czech Republic and Vulliez from Paris, France.
The Hoosiers return only four players from last seasons NCAA Tournament team. Seniors Milan Rakvica, Rahman Smiley, Ari Widlansky, and junior Zach Held are the lone returners. Ten freshmen make up the rest of Indianas rosters.
Wet Behind the Ears
The Hoosier freshmen racked up some impressive records during the fall season. Ryan Recht collected a singles record of 5-6 and a doubles record of 7-2 during the fall. Recht teamed with senior Rahman Smiley to advance to the finals of the Clemson Classic Doubles tournament and then paired with junior Zach Held advancing to the finals of the Bracket A Doubles of the Louisville Invitational. Jon Magnes had a strong performance at the Clemson Classic placing fourth (out of 64) on his way to a 6-2 fall singles record. Tommy Bagnato posted a singles record of 6-7 this fall and was labeled the most consistent freshman by Coach Hydinger. Efriam Kandinov amassed a fall singles record of 4-3, while advancing to the finals of the Flight B Bracket at the Louisville Invitational.
Indianapolis, Ind. native Zach Held is now comfortably at home. After spending one season at Michigan, he transferred to IU, where his two older brothers (David, 1990-93, and Andrew, 1995-97) spent their collegiate days.
Two is Better than One
The Hoosiers have a set of twins on the squad this season. Efriam and Michael Kandinov hail from Jamaica Estates, N.Y. The duo finished their prep career ranked No. 22 nationally in doubles. Efriam advanced to the fifth round of the National Open Singles tournament in Florida this past summer. Michael also participated in the event.
The senior duo of Milan Rakvica and Rahman Smiley were seeded in the top 12 at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships. Rakvica was the second ranked player, while Smiley came in seeded 12th.
Big Ten Killer
Senior Rahman Smiley has killed Big Ten competition going 21-12 for his career. Last season, Smiley became only the 11th Hoosier to win 10 matches in Big Ten play. With two more wins in conference play he will move into 10th place on the all-time Big Ten wins list.