#33 Hoosiers Hold Off #43 Ball State 6-1
February 20, 2000 #33 Hoosiers Hold Off #43 Ball State 6-1
Bloomington, IN - The men's tennis team found a new way to win a match today. The #33 Hoosiers (5-0) lost the doubles point for the first time all season, but rebounded to win all six singles matches for a 6-1 win over #43 Ball State.
After Indiana dropped all three doubles matches to start the day, it looked like a different team when the singles came out. At No. 1, 101st-ranked Milan Rakvica was at best in a win over 95th-ranked Ryan Baxter 7-5,6-1. Gabriel Montilla, playing at the No. 3 position, defeated Edgardo Rivera 6-3,3-6,6-1. At No. 5, Paul Jacobson was victorious over Kevin Beurnett 6-3,7-5, before Ian Arons clinched the victory with a victory over Jason Pressel 6-4,7-5 at No. 2. With the match decided the Hoosiers picked up wins by George McGill and Rahman Smiley, who each won in three-sets. Smiley defeated Chris Varga 3-6,6-4,6-3. McGill finished the day off with a win over Eric Butorac 6-3,5-7,6-3.
Head Coach Ken Hydinger said, "We got into a tough situation by losing the doubles point. They played a tough all-out doubles style. We talked before the singles went out and we decided that there would be no way that we lose this match. We kept our concentration and composure and we came out with a 6-1 victory."
The Hoosiers will be on the road next weekend for two matches. On Thursday, the men will take on Purdue in West Lafayette at 2 p.m. The Hoosiers will face Louisville on Saturday at 10 p.m.
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