Hoosiers Return Home For Pair of Duals
Feb. 5, 2009
The Hoosiers look to bounce back after several close calls against high-quality opponents as they return from a five-match road trip. The Hoosiers will host the 73rd-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Georgia State Panthers.
Saturday will mark the first meeting with both schools for IU. Nebraska boasts the 74th-ranked player in the country in David Bendheim, and Bendheim and Calin Paar form the 17th doubles tandem in the ITA national rankings. The Huskers also boast five players in the top 25 in the Central Region singles rankings and two of the top five doubles pairings in the region. The Huskers are 1-1 on the season and are coming off of a 4-3 loss to #72 UNLV.
Georgia State is led by Nejc Podkajsek, who is ranked 20th in the Southeast region in singles play. The Panthers are 0-4 on the season and are coming off of a 7-0 loss to No. 69 Radford and a 4-3 loss to Belmont.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana took part in the ITA Kickoff Weekend on Jan. 30-31. The Hoosiers squared off with the Washington Huskies on Friday, falling 6-1.
Freshman Jeremy Langer and sophomore Santiago Gruter took down Martin Kildahl and Jevan Nedunchezhiyan at the #1 doubles flight by a score of 8-5. Senior Peter Antons and freshman Maxime Armengaud defeated Tobi Obenaus and Alex Rosinski at #3 doubles.
Next up for the Hoosiers were the South Carolina Gamecocks. USC took the doubles point for a 1-0 lead. In singles, USC went up 2-0 after Machado posted a win over Guy Kubi at No. 4. Then, Lachlan Ferguson got IU on the board when he upset 42nd-ranked Diego Cubas 7-5,6-4 at No. 1.
USC took a 3-1 lead with Jamie Cuellar's win at No. 3. Santiago Gruter closed the gap to 3-2 when he outlasted Campos at No. 2, rallying back 1-6,6-3,7-6(4). The Hoosiers tied the match when Will Kendall defeated Johannes Pulsfort 6-1,7-5 at No. 5.
All eyes turned to the No. 6 match where Indiana's Jonathan Schroeder and USC's Ivan Cressoni had split sets. Cressoni closed things out in the third set with a 4-6,6-4,6-3 win to give the Gamecocks the 4-3 victory.
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