Hoosiers Host Indiana Winter Invitational
February 2, 2000 Hoosiers Host Indiana Winter Invitational
On Tap...The men's tennis team will host its annual Indiana Winter Invitational this weekend. The tournament will take place from Friday to Sunday and will include Arkansas, Kentucky and North Carolina State. Kentucky is currently ranked 19th in the nation, while Arkansas is ranked 39th.
About The Invitational..This weekends play will consist of eight round robin singles tournaments and four round robin doubles tournaments. Each player will play one singles and one doubles match per day. The player with the most wins in hisflight will be the champion.
Coach Hydinger On The Weekend..."They are all quality teams. They are comparable to Notre Dame. We are hoping that this weekend will give us a lot of matches before we go on the road against Kansas and Oklahoma. We are hoping to get our players a number of good singles and doubles matches and we are hoping that some of players will pick up some quality win, so when we go on the road we will be match tough."
Hoosiers 4, Notre Dame 3...The Hoosiers began the season with an upset win over 22nd ranked Notre Dame. The win was the Hoosiers first over Notre Dame since 1991. The Hoosiers opened the day by winning two out of the three doubles matches to take the doubles point. After losing the first two singles matches, the Hoosiers used singles wins from Rahman Smiley, Ian Arons and Gabriel Montilla to clinch the victory.
In The Rankings...In the current rankings the Indiana Hoosiers are ranked 40th by the ITA. In Region IV, the Hoosiers are ranked 5th. Milan Rakvica is currently ranked 84th in the nation and 24th in the Region. In doubles the team of Rakvica and Rahman Smiley are ranked 47th in the country and 11th in the Region.
Reaching 60...With a grueling win over Notre Dame's Casey Smith, senior Gabriel Montilla won his 60th career singles victory. The 7-6,7-6 victory over Smith clinched the match for the Hoosiers. He is now has a career record of 60-48.
Reaching 50....Senior George McGill picked up his 50th career singles victory at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championship. He defeated Penn State's Marc Dorfman 7-6,1-6,6-2. He is now 50-33 as a Hoosier.
Continuing His Great play....Junior Milan Rakvica has picked up where he left at the end of last year. In his sophomore year, his first year with the team, Rakvica posted a 30-10 singles record. So far this year, Rakvica has gone 13-5 in singles. In doubles, Rakvica holds a career record of 28-16, while going 6-3 this year.
Coming Up Big...Junior Ian Arons was named First Team All-Big Ten last year. In this year's opening match, he defeated 65th ranked Matt Daly of Notre Dame 6-4,7-5 and improved to a 7-5 overall record in singles.
Potpourri....Sophomore Rahman Smiley has gone 6-4 in singles, while posting a 6-3 doubles record...Paul Jacobson has posted a 6-6 singles record so far this season.
Hydinger Reaches 300 Wins...with the Hoosiers win over Notre Dame, head coach Ken Hydinger picked up his 300th career victory. Hydinger is currently in his 16th season as the Head Coach of the men's tennis team. He has a overall record of 234-158-1, while going 104-80 in the Big Ten. Coach Hydinger has been a coach at the collegiate level for 21 years, coaching at Southwest Missouri State and Mississippi State before coming to Indiana. In his 20 years of coaching he has a record of 300-203-1.
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