Hoosiers Prepare to Battle 'Bama
Feb. 19, 2009
Indiana looks to get back on track this weekend when they square off with the Alabama Crimson Tide. Alabama should be a tough test for the Hoosiers as they are the 19th-ranked team in the country and bring a 6-1 record to Bloomington. The Crimson Tide’s only loss on the season was a 4-3 defeat at the hands of #20 Pepperdine. Alabama boasts three nationally-ranked singles players and a nationally-ranked doubles tandem. Mathieu Thibaudeau is ranked #69, John Lewis is #106 and Billy Mertz is #115. Thibaudeau and Daniel Buikema are the 48th-ranked doubles tandem in the country.
This will be the 14th meeting between the two schools in men’s tennis. Alabama holds a one-match lead in the all-time series, winning the last four meetings. The Hoosiers fell to Alabama, 1-6, on Feb. 24, 2008. The last meeting prior to 2008 was in 1994, with the Crimson Tide taking a 2-5 decision.
Alabama head coach Billy Pate has a career record of 229-130 and a record of 100-72 at Alabama. He is in his seventh season at Alabama, and his eleventh as a head coach.
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