Hoosiers Continue Season With Three Matches This Weekend
February 16, 1999Hoosiers Continue Season With Three Matches This Weekend
On Tap: The Hoosiers (2-2) continue play this week, as they will take on Ball State, Eastern Kentucky and Southern Illinois. On Thursday they will travel to Muncie, Indiana to face Ball State. Last year, they defeated Ball State 6-1. On Saturday, they will return home to take on both Southern Illinois and Eastern Kentucky. The match against Southern Illinois will take place at 9 a.m. and then they will face Eastern Kentucky at 6 p.m.
Weekend Split: The Hoosiers had another strong weekend defeating Louisville and coming close to upsetting 33rd-ranked Purdue. On Friday, the Hoosiers shutout Louisville 7-0. Then on Sunday, the Hoosiers took Purdue down to the final match before losing to them 4-3. After falling behind 3-0 after the doubles matches and the first two singles matches, the Hoosiers rallied back posting wins in three set matches. In the final match, another three-setter, Rahman Smiley was not able to overcome a leg injury, as he lost. The day did see upsets as Ian Arons defeated No.26 Cris James and George McGill defeated the Big Ten Singles Champion Jason Marshall.
Super Sophomores: There is no sophomore slump so far for this group of Hoosier sophomores. Paul Jacobson has the team lead with a 16-4 singles mark, including a 4-0 record in dual matches. Milan Rakvica, in his first season with the Hoosiers, has posted a 13-7 singles record, while going 2-2 in dual matches. Together, Jacobson and Rakvica have posted a 2-2 dual doubles record this season. Ian Arons, earned the number one singles position this fall, and so far has proved that he deserves it going 3-1 in dual matches, including an upset over Purdue's Cris James.
Head Coach Ken Hydinger... is entering his 15th season as the Head Coach at Indiana University. He has accumulated a 219-148-1 overall record, while he earning a 98-75 Big Ten record. He has been coaching at the collegiate level for 18 years, coaching at Mississippi State and Southwest Missouri State, before coming to Indiana. During his 18 years of coaching he has collecting 285 victories, with 193 losses and one tie.
Scouting Report: Without a senior on the team this year, the Hoosiers will be looking for leadership from Juniors George McGill and Gabriel Montilla. Montilla finished last year with a 18-19 singles record, while playing at the number 2 position. McGill finished with a 13-10 singles record, and will looked at to contribute more this year. Sophomore Ian Arons lead the Hoosiers in victories last year with 23. In doubles, the team does not have any teams returning from last year. They will look for stability from Montilla and fellow Junior Ricardo Jordan.
Looking to the Future: After this weekend, the Hoosiers will travel to Ball State on February 18 and then return home to face Southern Illinois and Eastern Kentucky on February 20.
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