Hoosiers Hit The Road For Matches Against Kansas, Oklahoma
February 9, 2000 Hoosiers Hit The Road For Matches Against Kansas, Oklahoma
ON TAP...The Hoosiers will return to the dual season this weekend, as they travel to Kansas and Oklahoma for matches. On Saturday, the team will take on No. 76 Kansas at 10 a.m. in Lawrence, Kansas. The Hoosiers hold an all-time record of 3-1 against Kansas with their last meeting being a 4-3 loss in 1994. The Hoosiers will then travel to Oklahoma City for a matchup against Oklahoma at 9 a.m on Sunday. The last time the Hoosiers faced Oklahoma was in 1990. Indiana won the match 7-2 and are 2-0 all-time against the Sooners.
COACH HYDINGER ON THE WEEKEND...This is going to be a challenging weekend for us. Kansas is 1-3 and this is their first match at home. They played Minnesota and were shutout, but they had close matches up and down the line. You look at their No. 1 and No. 2 players. Their No. 1 player beat a guy that was No. 12 (Andrew Parks from Southern California) in the country, while their No. 2 player beat Mark Parsons from Tennessee who was ranked No. 17. They are going to be good from top to bottom. Oklahoma is going to be a challenging team for us. Another part of this trip that is going to be challenging is the logistics. We get in Friday night. We have to play early Saturday and then we have to drive 250 miles to play at nine the next morning. We are going to have to win matches like this if we want to get into the NCAA's."
SCOUTING THE JAYHAWKS...Kansas (1-3) comes into the match against the Hoosiers ranked 76th (tied) in the nation. The Jayhawks are coming off a three loss weekend two weeks ago at the Louisville Invitational to No. 66 Louisville, No. 23 Minnesota and No. 51 Middle Tennessee State. The team's win came against Southwest Missouri State. Kanas is led by freshman Eleanzar Magallan, junior Ed Dus and sophomore Rodrigo Echagaray. Dus and Echaganay are currently ranked 42th in doubles.
SCOUTING THE SOONERS...Oklahoma comes in the match with a 1-1 overall record. The Sooners will be taking on Southwest Missouri State on Friday. Last weekend they defeated Witchita State 7-0 in Witchita, Kansas. Their loss was to No. 76(t) New Mexico State 5-2 on January 28. The Sooners top players this year are seniors Dusty Beard and Charlie Roberson.
RECAP OF THE INVITATIONAL...The Hoosiers spent last weekend at home hosting Arkansas, Kentucky and North Carolina State at the Individual Winter Invitational. Juniors Paul Jacobson and Milan Rakvica , along with sophomore Ari Widlansky led the Hoosiers to a 13-7 singles record. Jacobson went 3-0 to win Flight 4, while Rakvica went 2-0 in Flight 1. Widlansky finished 3-0, but did not win a Flight, since he played in both Flight 7 and Flight 8. The Hoosiers were also successful in doubles winning two of the three matches each day to finish with a 6-3 record for the weekend.
IN THE RANKINGS...In the current rankings the Hoosiers moved up seven spots to #33. 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.
HYDINGER WINS 300TH MATCH...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.
ACCESSING IU SPORTS...All information about Indiana Men's Tennis can be accessed on the web. Just go to http://www.athletics.indiana.edu and click on Men's Tennis.
IAN ARONS - went 1-1 in Flight 2 and 0-1 in Flight 1 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...defeated #65 Matt Daly of Notre Dame 6-4,7-5...went 1-2 at the Big Ten Singles Championships, defeating Minnesota's Jorge Duanas 4-6,7-5,6-4 in the first round...finished fall with a 5-3 singles record...competed in two legs of the Collegiate Tennis Grand Slam at the ITA National Clay Court Championships and the Reebox/ITA All-American Championships...made it to the qualifying round at the All-American Championship with four wins, went 4-1 for the tournament.
JOEY BALSIGER - finished Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships with an 0-2 record...finished fall with a 5-4 singles record...reached finals of Flight B at the Louisville Invitational (4-1 record)...went 1-3 at Clemson Fall Tennis Classic.
PAUL JACOBSON - went 3-0 in Flight 4 at the Indiana Winter Invitational to win the Flight...lost a tough three-set tiebreaker to Javier Taborga of Notre Dame 6-4,3-6,7-6...went 0-2 at the Big Ten Singles Championships...finished fall with a 6-2 record...went 0-1 at the ITA Region IV Championships...won Flight 3 at the Clemson Fall Tennis Classic, going 4-0 for the weekend...went 2-2 at the Tom Fallon Invitational.
GEORGE MCGILL - season has been slowed by injuries...won 50th career match against Penn State's Marc Dorfman 7-6,1-6,6-2...went 3-2 at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships...after losing in first round, won three straight in the consolation draw...went 0-1 at the ITA Region IV Championships.
GABRIEL MONTILLA - went 1-2 in Flight 3 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...defeated Casey Smith of Notre Dame 7-6,7-6 to clinch victory for Hoosiers and win his 60th career match...went 0-2 at Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships...lost in final round of pre-qualifying at the Reebox/ITA All-American Championships (3-1 for the tournament)...went 3-1 at the Tom Fallen Invitational in Flight A.
MILAN RAKVICA - currently ranked #84 in the ITA national rankings...went 2-0 in Flight 1 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...lost a hard fought match to 14th ranked Ryan Sachire of Notre Dame 6-1,6-4...reached consolation bracket finals at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships, after winning five straight matches (5-2 overall)...finished fall with a 8-2 singles record...began season with a seven match win streak, before losing to David Martin of Stanford at the Reebox/ITA All-American Championship in the first round of qualifying...went 1-1 at the ITA Region IV Championships...went 4-0 at the Clemson Fall Classic.
RAHMAN SMILEY - went 2-1 in Flight 5 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...defeated Aaron Talarico of Notre Dame 6-4,6-4...finished fall with a 5-4 record...went 1-1 at the ITA Region IV Championships...went 2-1 at the Reebox/ITA All-American Championships...went 2-2 at the Clemson Fall Tennis Classic.
BRENDAN STOREY - went 1-1 in Flight 7 and 0-1 in Flight 6 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...finished fall with a 1-5 record.
ARI WIDLANSKY - went 2-0 in the Flight 6 and 1-0 in Flight 7 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...lost to Andrew Laflin of Notre Dame in first dual match of season...went 2-1 in the No. 7 & No. 8 bracket at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships...finished fall with a 3-5 record...went 0-1 Louisville Invitational...went 3-1 at the Clemson Fall Tennis Classic...went 0-3 at Tom Fallen Invitational.
ARONS/MONTILLA - went 2-1 in the Flight 1 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...began season with a win over Notre Dame's 48th ranked Javier Taborga and Aaron Talarico 8-6.
RAKVICA/SMILEY - currently ranked 47th nationally....went 2-1 in Flight 2 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...defeated Notre Dame's Trent Miller and Ryan Sachire 9-8...finished fall with a 5-3 record...went 3-1 at the ITA Region IV Championships, before losing in quarterfinals...went 2-2 at the Clemson Fall Tennis Classic.
JACOBSON/WIDLANSKY - went 2-0 in Flight 3 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...lost first dual match of the year to James and Casey Smith 8-2...finished fall with a 3-4 record...went 2-2 at the Clemson Fall Tennis Classic Classic...went 1-2 at the Tom Fallon Invitational
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