Hoosiers Look to Continue Their Eight Match Winning Streak
Bloomington, Ind. -The Hoosiers will look to continue their eight-match winning streak when they travel to take on No. 26 Vanderbilt. The match is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22
IU is 14-5 all-time against the Commodores, including a 9-3 mark in Nashville. Last season, Vandy beat Indiana in Bloomington, 4-3.
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The Commodores (6-1) have been ranked as high as 25th this season and currently hold down the No. 26 position on the ITA poll.
Like the Hoosiers, Vanderbilt is well tested with three wins coming against ranked opponents. The lone setback for Vandy was a 4-3 loss to No. 31 Arkansas.
Three Commodores are ranked in the top 100 in singles, including two in the top 15. They are led by No. 8 Bobby Reynolds, who is 24-5 overall this season in singles. No. 14 Chad Harris is the second player in the top 15 for Vandy. He is 19-7 this season in singles. Matt Lockin rounds out the Vanderbilt ranked at No. 99. Lockin has a 13-7 mark this year. Vandy's No. 1 doubles team is also ranked No. 28. The team of Reynolds and Lewis Smith is 9-5 this season.
Vanderbilt's Last Time Out
The Commodores downed then-No. 24 Ohio State in their last outing, 6-1. Vanderbilt won all three doubles matches and won all except the No. 5 singles spot in straight sets.
Indiana's Last Time Out
Indiana picked up two road victories last weekend at No. 41 Northwestern and at Wisconsin. Indiana downed Northwestern, 4-3 and Wisconsin, 5-2.
Seniors Zach Held and Petr Novotny picked up huge three sets wins to cap the Hoosiers win against Northwestern. Indiana's No. 1 and No. 2 doubles teams also picked up wins to help the Hoosiers to victory.
Against Wisconsin, Indiana swept the doubles on their way to a 5-2 win. The Hoosiers got wins at the first four singles positions as well.
The Hoosiers have beaten five ranked opponents in their first eight matches, but the schedule does not get any easier. Indiana's final 14 opponents are ranked in the ITA's top 75. Nine of those 14 are ranked in the top 40, including four in the top 15.
Indiana also has a date with No. 2 Illinois to round at the year in Bloomington.
Last season, Indiana suffered through its worst season since 1994. In 2002, Indiana went 7-16 overall, 1-9 in the Big Ten and lost 12 straight before ending the regular season with a victory.
2003 has been a polar opposite to last season as Indiana has won its first eight matches in going 8-0. They also doubled their Big Ten wins from a year ago as they started out the Big Ten 2-0.
Indiana has not only jumped out to an 8-0 record, but won five of those matches over ranked opponents.
The Hoosiers have won seven of eight doubles points this season, including the last six straight.
The Hoosiers have stuck with the same doubles line-up in all eight matches. Indiana's combined dual meet doubles record sits at 19-5. Ryan Recht and Zach Held are 6-2 at No. 1 as are Viktor Libal and Petr Novotny at No. 2. Indiana's No. 3 team of Jakub Praibis and John Stone is 7-1.
Climbing the Rankings
Indiana began the 2002-03 season unranked, but have steadily moved up the polls since. The Hoosiers entered the polls at No. 45 on Jan. 29 after wins over Murray State, No. 27 Notre Dame and No. 37 Middle Tennessee State.
They remained at No. 45 on Feb. 5 before jumping up to No. 40 after wins over No. 37 Louisville and No. 54 Memphis.
Indiana currently sits at their highest ranking of No. 39 in the Feb. 19 poll.
Hydinger to Miss Spring Season
Indiana men's tennis head coach Ken Hydinger will miss the Spring dual match season, as he is currently on administrative leave. Assistant coach Matthew Pledger will step in and serve as the interim head coach.Hydinger will resume his head coaching duties on July 1.
"This is something that we have done by coach's request," Interim Athletic Director Terry Clapacs said. "I support that, and the well-being of our coaches is paramount to Indiana University."
"I am very appreciative of Mr. Clapacs' understanding," Hydinger said. "I very much look forward to getting back into things in July."