Hoosiers Ready for Battle with #31 Wildcats
Feb. 11, 2009
Indiana heads to Lexington, Ky. this weekend for perhaps their toughest competition of the season. The Kentucky Wildcats, ranked no. 31 in the country, will host the Hoosiers on Saturday, Feb. 14 at 4 p.m. ET. IU will look to continue on the success the team saw against Kentucky last season, as the team took down the Wildcats 4-3 in Bloomington. Wins against Kentucky have been tough to come by in the all-time series as the Hoosiers have a 4-24 record against their rivals to the south.
The Wildcats have a loaded team this season. Bruno Agostinelli is the fourth-ranked player in the nation, and Eric Quigley is no. 37. The team also boasts two ranked doubles teams. Agostinelli and Brad Cox are the 13th-ranked pair in Division I and Shane Collins and Will Beck are no. 42.
Santiago Gruter and Jeremy Langer will look to build on their win over Nebraska's David Bendheim and Calin Paar, the nations no. 17 doubles pairing, at number one doubles last week. Agostinelli will be the highest ranked player that Indiana has battled this season.
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The match was close from start to finish, with all three doubles matches being decided by three or less games and three singles matches going to a third set. Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson and freshman Stephen Vogl took down Chris Aumueller and Benedikt Lindeim 8-5 at the number two spot. At number one, sophomore Santiago Gruter and freshman Jeremy Langer took out Calin Paar and David Benheim to close out the doubles point.
Langer stepped up big in singles play as well. After dropping the first set at number four singles, the Toronto, Canada product took the second and third set to push the Hoosier lead to 3-2. Freshman Maxime Armengaud scored the other point for IU, dismissing his opponent 6-0, 6-4.
Indiana closed out its double header with a convincing victory over the Georgia State Panthers. The Hoosiers won 7-0, winning every match in straight sets. Freshman Jeremy Langer continued his solid play to finish the day 4-0.
Langer joined sophomore Santiago Gruter for an 8-3 win at number one doubles. IU swept all three doubles matches for the doubles point.
Langer defeated Jackson Moore at number four singles 6-1, 6-3. Fellow freshman Will Kendall was also impressive, defeating Trenton Spinks 6-0, 6-1. The number one and two singles matches were the closest of the meet, with the Panther players forcing sophomores Lachlan Ferguson (1) and Gruter (2) to each win the second set by a 7-5 tally.
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