Hoosiers Put Forth Strong Effort At Indiana Winter Invitational
February 6, 1999Hoosiers Put Forth Strong Effort At Indiana Winter Invitational
Bloomington, Ind.-The men's tennis team had second consecutive strong day at the Indiana Winter Invitational. 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 Clemson, while Kentucky and Arkansas players battled each other.
For the second straight day, the Hoosiers doubles teams took three out of the four matches. In Flight 1, Rahman Smiley and Sandon Barth defeated Bradley Emendorfer and Sandon Barth 8-1. In Flight 2, Milan Rakvica and Paul Jacobson narrowly lost to Marko Gojanovic and Tomasz Boneicki in a tie-breaker 9-8(3). Ian Arons and Ricardo Jordan defeated Joey Hopke and Luis Garcia in a tie-breaker 9-8(3), in Flight 3. In Flight 4, Brendan Storey and Ari Widlansky won their match over Marico Torres and Colon Atkinson 8-3.
Indiana won five out of the eight singles matches today. In Flight 1, Arons lost to Garcia 3-6,6-3,6-3. In Flight 2, Montilla bounced back from a loss yesterday, to defeat Bradley Emendorfer 6-3,6-2. In Flight 3, George McGill played a strong three set match, but lost to Hopke 7-6,6-7,6-2. Rakvica won his three set match over Gojanovic 6-4,4-6,7-6(4), in Flight 4. In Flight 5, Jacobson fell to Boneicki 6-2,6-4. In Flight 6, Smiley powered his way past Barth 6-4,3-6,6-3. Storey, playing in Flight 7, defeat Torres 4-6,6-3,7-5. In Flight 8, Joey Balsiger ousted Atkinson 6-1,6-3.
Coach Ken Hydinger said, "Today was a good effort. We competed pretty well. We have individual and emotional issues we can do a better job of. Overall, I am pleased with our effort that we have shown. We are not as good as could be, but we are doing things in a positive fashion."
The Hoosiers will continue the Indiana Winter Invitational tomorrow.
They will face off against players from Kentucky. The Hoosiers and Wildcats
will face off against each other for four flights. The Hoosiers have the
ability to win a total of seven flights tomorrow. Action will resume at
9:00 a.m. at the Indiana University Tennis Center. Doubles will start the
day, followed by a round of singles between Arkansas and Clemson. The tournament
will conclude with a round of singles between Kentucky and the Hoosiers.
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