Madison, Wis. - The Indiana men's tennis team continued its roll with a 5-2 win over Wisconsin. The Hoosiers' winning streak has reached eight, and they are 2-0 in the Big Ten.
Coming in, the guys knew Wisconsin wasnt as strong as some of the teams we have played this year, Indiana interim head coach Matt Pledger said. I was disappointed with the team's overall intensity level. My goal for this team is to play with the same intensity that we practice with, and we didnt do that today. I am always happy with a win though. To be 8-0 at this point in the season really says a lot for how much these guys have improved.
Indiana started out hot by sweeping the doubles matches for an early 1-0 lead. Indiana has won the doubles point in seven of their eight matches, including the last six in a row.
Senior Zach Held and sophomore Ryan Recht won at the No. 1 spot for the second straight day. The Hoosier tandem downed Alexander Kasarov and David Hippee of Wisconsin, 8-5. Held and Recht upped their mark to 6-2 on the season.
Indiana's No. 2 doubles team of freshman Viktor Libal and senior Petr Novotny won their third straight match. The pair downed Scott Green and Jordan Raemisch, 9-7. Libal and Novotny are also 6-2 this season, all at the No. 2 doubles position.
Freshman John Stone and sophomore Jakub Praibis rebounded from their first loss of the season against Northwestern to down the Badger's No. 3 duo. Stone and Praibis beat Alex Conti and Blake Baratz, 8-4. The Hoosier duo is 7-1 on the season playing at the No. 3 spot.
After dropping his first dual match of the season on Saturday, Praibis regained his winning form as he downed Kasarov, 6-0, 6-2. Praibis is now 9-3 this season and 5-1 at the No. 1 singles position.
Like Praibis, Libal also rebounded from a loss against Northwestern with a 7-5, 7-6 (2) win over Wisconsin's Hippee at the No. 2 spot. The win bumped Libal's overall record to 7-6, and he is 5-3 this spring.
Novotny continued his torrid streak at No. 3 singles against the Badgers. He downed Blake Baratz, 6-4, 6-2, to pick up his sixth straight victory. He is now 7-1 this season all at the No. 3 singles spot.
Zach Held won his second singles match of the weekend. He beat Ward Bortz in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. Held improved his record to 6-2 this season.
The 40th ranked Hoosiers will look to continue their winning streak next Saturday when the travel to Nashville to battle Vanderbilt. The match is slated for 1:00 p.m. The Commodores are ranked 28th in the country and feature a line up with three ranked singles players and one ranked doubles team. They have two players ranked in the 15 with No. 8 Bobby Reynolds and No. 14 Chad Harris.
No. 40 Indiana 5, Wisconsin 2
No. 1 Jakub Praibis (IU) def. Alexander Kasarov (UW) 6-0, 6-2
No. 2 Viktor Libal (IU) def. David Hippee (UW) 7-5, 7-6 (2)
No. 3 Petr Novotny (IU) def. Blake Baratz (UW) 6-4, 6-2
No. 4 Zach Held (IU) def. Ward Bortz (UW) 6-1, 6-3
No. 5 Scott Green (UW) def. Ryan Recht (IU) 6-4, 6-4
No. 6 Alex Conti (UW) def. Tommy Bagnato (IU) 6-1, 6-4