Men's Tennis

    Good Start For Hoosiers At Winter Invitational

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    Go Hoosiers!
    February 5, 1999

    Good Start For Hoosiers At Winter Invitational

    Bloomington, Ind.-The Indiana Hoosiers started strong in the Indiana Winter Invitational today. The Invitational consists of 8 round robin singles flights and 4 round robin doubles flights, with players from Indiana, Clemson, Kentucky and Arkansas competing. Each player in their respective flight will compete against the other three members of the flight and the person with the most wins in the flight will be declared the champion.

    Today the Hoosiers players took on took on players from Arkansas, while Kentcky and Clemson players battled each other.

    The Hoosiers started off well, as their doubles teams once again had an outstanding day. In flight one, Gabriel Montilla and Rahman Smiley defeated Oskar Johansson and Henrik Tofft 9-8(5). Paul Jacobson and Milan Rakvica won their match in flight two over Chris Campbell and Tim Schuler 8-3. In the flight three, Ian Arons and Ricardo Jordan held on to defeat John Deaton and Magnus Kullenberg 8-4. In flight four, Brendan Storey and Ari Widlansky lost to Tiago Azevedo and Fergus Reid 8-4.

    The Hoosiers did not fare as well in singles, winning just three of the eight matches. The men lost matches in the first two flights, with Arons losing to Johansson 6-4,6-4 and Montilla losing in three sets to Campbell 6-3,3-6,6-4. In flight three, George McGill defeated Kullenberg 7-,6-0. Rakvica and Tofft played to a third set tiebreak, in fight four, with Rakvica losing the close one 7-6,4-6,7-6(4). In flight five, Jacobson won his match over Azevedo 4-6,6-1,7-5. Flight six had Smiley comeback from a 4-1 deficit in the second set to defeat Deaton 6-4,7-5. In flight seven, Storey lost a three set match to Reid 6-4,6-7(5). In flight eight, Widlansky lost to Schuler 7-6,6-1.

    Coach Hydinger said, "I thought that it was an overall good day for us. The players played hard. It was a good team that we faced in Arkansas today. It showed us the dogfight that we will being going through against the tough competition that we will face all year long."

    The Hoosiers will continue the Indiana Winter Invitational tomorrow. The Hoosiers will take on Clemson, while Kentucky and Arkansas players face each other. Doubles will start the day off for the men at 9 a.m., followed by a round of singles. All action this weekend will take place at the IU Tennis Center.

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