OHIO STATE COMES CALLING
="21798weekly"> February 17, 1998
OHIO STATE COMES CALLING
Hoosiers and Buckeyes battle in 2nd annual
vs. Ohio State - 2/20
THIS WEEK: The Indiana tennis team opens its dual match season against Big Ten opponent Ohio State this Friday. The 57th nationally ranked Hoosiers host the unranked Buckeyes in the annual "Dinner with Doubles" (see below) competition. Matches with get underway at 6:00 p.m., beginning with doubles.
DINNER WITH DOUBLES: The Hoosiers host the 2nd annual Dinner with Doubles competition this Friday against Ohio State. Dinner with Doubles features pizza, pasta, salad, and soda offered throughout the doubles competition. Admission is $4.00 for the event that includes an all-you-can-eat buffet meal presented by Pizza Hut East. Raffle prizes will be given away between the doubles and singles matches. Prizes include tennis rackets, t-shirts, sweat suits and much more. Fans are encouraged to attend and join in the fun and help support Indiana Tennis.
LAST MEET: Indiana wrapped up its tournament schedule with the annual Indiana Winter Invitational two weekends ago. The Hoosiers played well in their final tourney of the season, taking 5 of the 6 championship matches on the final day of competition. Indiana's competition, 11th ranked Clemson, 26th ranked Kentucky, and Southern Illinois-Carbondale, could not stop the Hoosiers all weekend as Indiana went 12-1 in doubles.
MONTILLA THE MARVELOUS: Sophomore Gabriel Montilla continues to be a pleasant surprise for the Hoosiers. Expected to play more of a key role this season, Montilla has been, with Scott Lippitt, the teams most consistent performer this season. Recently, Montilla stepped up for the Hoosiers at the Big Ten Singles Championships and provided perhaps some of the best tennis Indiana has seen all season. Playing in place of the injured Derek Pope, Montilla stepped into the main draw from the 7&8 flight competition and advanced to the quarterfinals before eventually falling. Along the way he defeated the six seed and some other extremely tough competition before falling to eventual finalist Marc Silva of Northwestern.
YOUTH HAS BEEN SERVED: With only two seniors on the roster, Coach Hydinger will have to look to the underclassmen for help throughout the season. The teams three sophomores and four freshmen all have legitamate shots at competing for court time during the Big Ten season. This years young group is led by junior Scott Lippitt and sophomore George McGill. In order for the Hoosiers to be successful, however, they are going to have to get solid play and leadership from their two seniors, Andrew Held and Derek Pope.
HEAD COACH KEN HYDINGER: Hydinger is entering his 14th year Indiana an is in his 19th year overall. In his 13 seasons at the helm of the Hoosiers he has compiled a record of 210-133-1 while earning a 276-178-1 record overall. Since taking over at Indiana in 1985, Hydinger has helped rebuild a struggling program and lead it back to national prominence. In the eight seasons following his arrival the Hoosiers averaged a 2nd place finish in what has been called one of the nations toughest conferences. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Hydinger coached Southwest Missouri State to a 23-3 record in 1978 before coaching Mississippi State for four seasons.
HOOSIERS COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL FALL SEASON: Despite several injuries the Hoosiers managed to put together a strong tournament season last fall. Junior Scott Lippitt led the way for Indiana, compiling a 6-3 singles mark while going 6-5 against some tough doubles competition.
ON THE HORIZON: The Hoosiers remain home for three more contests.
Indiana will tackle the Ball State Cardinals on Tuesday, February 24th
while Murray State and Northern Illinois come calling on Saturday the
28th. The Ball State contest is scheduled to get underway at 5:00 p.m.
Murray State will battle the Hoosiers at 9:00 p.m. on Saturday and the
Hoosiers will complete their homestand with a 6:00 p.m court time against
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