Hoosiers Finish Winter Invitational Strong
February 7, 1999 Hoosiers Finish Winter Invitational Strong
George McGill, Gabrielle Montilla and Rahman Smiley win their flights
Bloomington, Ind.-The Hoosiers finished the Indiana Winter Invitational today. The weekend tournament had the Hoosiers paired off against players from Arkansas, Clemson and Kentucky. The Hoosiers took three of the singles flights and finished with a positive record in doubles.
The Hoosiers split their doubles matches today. In Flight 1, Gabriel Montilla and Rahman Smiley lost to Carlos Drada and John Grunditz 8-5. The lost was the first by this team in the tournament and the win gave Kentucky the flight. In Flight 2, Paul Jacobson and Milan Rakvica defeated Edo Bawono and Tomas Smid when the Kentucky team was forced to retire. Indiana was ahead of that match 6-5 when it ended. Flight 3 was another battle of the undefeated, with Indiana losing again. This time, Ian Arons and Ricardo Jordan fell to Johan Hesoun and Gustav Pousette 8-3. In Flight 4, Joey Balsiger and Brendan Storey defeated Keith Mauriello and Samir Yajnik 8-5.
The Hoosiers won three of the eight singles flights, with Montilla winning the second flight, McGill winning the third flight and Smiley winning the sixth flight. Montilla defeated Pousette 6-3,6-4. McGill won his match over Grunditz 6-2,2-6,6-2. Smiley, finished off the tournament 3-0, with a win over Reven Stephens 6-4,1-6,6-1. Other action saw Jacobson, Widlansky, Balsiger and Jordan all win. In Flight 5, Jacobson defeated Ariel Gaitan 7-6,6-1. In Flight 7, Widlansky defeated Claude Grady 7-5,6-3 and Balsiger filling in for Arkansas beat Marico Torres of Clemson 6-1,6-2. Jordan seeing his first singles action of the weekend, defeated Yajnik 6-0,6-3, in Flight 8. Flight 1 had Arons narrowly losing to Hesoun in three sets 7-6,4-6,4-6. In Flight 4, Rakvica fell to Drada 7-6,7-6.
Coach Ken Hydinger said, "I think our team fought really hard this weekend. These teams are all well ranked (Kentucky #26, Arkansas #39, Clemson #52). The team went through a weekend of physically tough matches. The guys fought and played hard. We had a tough week of practice and if we keep playing this way we will improve. We have a big streak of matches coming up against Louisville and Purdue (#33)."
The Hoosiers next step on the court this upcoming weekend when they face
Louisville on Friday and Purdue on Sunday.
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