Hydinger on the Southern Foes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 70 Indiana men's tennis team will play a pair of matches this weekend in Virginia and North Carolina. The Hoosiers face No. 9 Virginia on Saturday, at 2 p.m., in the Boar's Head Sports Club, and No. 57 N.C. State on Sunday, at 11 a.m., in the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center. Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger spoke with IUHOOSIERS.com about the upcoming weekend.
Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger
On the Virginia Cavaliers:
KH: "Virginia is a high-quality team. They are a definite top-10 team; they were a top-10 team last year. They got some new players in this season, who are very good, and they are playing us at home. Virginia is a high-energy team and one of the better teams in the country."
On the N.C. State Wolfpack:
KH: "We have played them at home the last couple of seasons and now we will face them on the road. They are a very tough team. N.C. State is an improving program and it's going to be a battle."
On the tough non-conference schedule:
KH: "The tougher the team, the higher the stakes. Some times when you play a stronger opponent, you have to learn how to last on the long, tough points. A good competitor should raise the level of play against his opponent. These are also matches, if we do well, that can help us get into the NCAA Tournament.
On practice this week:
KH: "We spent one day working a lot on ground strokes. We anticipate the courts to be a little slower, so we worked patterns off the ground. We spent some time working on a serve and trying to be more aggressive with our placement."
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