Bloomington, Ind. - The Hoosiers remain undefeated during dual meet action, defeating North Carolina State this afternoon, 7-0. Indiana is now 4-0 on the season.
This has been an awesome start for the team, interim head coach Matthew Pledger said. The guys work so hard in practice and it has really been paying off. They do anything that is asked of them, I cant say it enough how proud I am of them. Although it may seem that these are easy wins, they are not. We are playing really good teams. These guys are just playing really good tennis. I am shocked that we came away with a 7-0 victory today.
The Hoosiers swept the doubles competition, winning all three matchups. In the first position for Indiana was senior Zach Held and sophomore Ryan Recht. The duo defeated R.J. Murray and Val Bamada 8-1. Held and Recht are now 3-1 in doubles action this spring.
In the number two slot for the Hoosiers was the dangerous combination of freshman Viktor Libal and senior Petr Novotny. Libal and Novotny moved past Jon Davis and Rehmam Esmail, 8-4. Libal and Novotny extend their doubles season record to 3-1.
Remaining undefeated in doubles action this season is freshman John Stone and sophomore Jakub Praibis. Stone and Praibis defeated N.C. States Will Shaw and Jirou Nakajima, 8-4.
The Hoosiers were able to steel all six singles wins today against North Carolina State. Playing in the number one position was Jakub Praibis. Praibis defeated R.J. Murray in two sets, 6-3, 6-2.
We have started off this season great, Praibis said. The guys are feeling very confident and trust themselves more and more each match. Coach Pledger has done a great job with us. He can really relate with us since he was just recently a player himself.
Viktor Libal followed Praibis in the number two spot, claiming his third victory of the year in singles play defeating Val Bamada, 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Petr Novotny, Zach Held and Ryan Recht all defeated their opponents in two sets as well. Novotny, playing in the number three spot, moved past Will Shaw, 6-1, 6-1. Held defeated Rehmam Esmail, 6-3, 7-6 (3) and Recht was victorious over Jon Davis, 6-3, 6-2.
Julien Vulliez wrapped up the Hoosier lineup in the number six position winning a hard fought match against N.C. States Jirou Nakajima in three sets. Vulliez won the first set, 6-4, was defeated in the second, 6-7 (7), and pulled out the victory in set three, 6-2.
The Hoosiers are back in action on Friday, Feb. 7, on their home courts to face Louisville. Match time is set for 5:30 p.m.
Singles 1) Jakub Praibis (IU) def. R.J. Murray (N.C. State); 6-3, 6-2
2) Viktor Libal (IU) def. Val Bamada (N.C. State); 6-4, 7-6 (2)
3) Petr Novotny (IU) def. Will Shaw (N.C. State); 6-1, 6-1
4) Zach Held (IU) def. Rehmam Esmail (N.C. State); 6-3, 7-6 (3)
5) Ryan Recht (IU) def. Jon Davis (N.C. State); 6-3, 6-2
6) Julien Vulliez (IU) def. Jirou Nakajima (N.C. State); 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-2