Men's Tennis Heading to Alabama
Feb. 21, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University men's tennis team is set to play outdoors for the first time in the spring, traveling to Tuscaloosa, Alabama for a pair of dual matches this weekend. On Saturday, Indiana will take on the Troy Trojans at noon. The Hoosiers will then compete against the Crimson Tide of Alabama on Sunday at 11:30 a.m.
"The trip to Alabama is going to be a challenge, but also a great opportunity," said IU Head Coach Randy Bloemendaal. "We are playing outdoors for the first time with our outdoor preparation all taking place in Tuscaloosa. We are expecting a lot of energy from Troy."
The advantage in the all-time series between the No. 56 Hoosiers and No. 20 Alabama lies in the balance as each team has won six of the previous 12 meetings. The Crimson Tide has been ranked as high as No. 10 this season. Alabama's doubles tandem of Daniel Buikema and Mathieu and Thibaudeau are the 37th-ranked team in the latest ITA national rankings.
"Coach Billy Pate has done an outstanding job with Alabama's men's tennis program and as a result they are one of the top teams in the SEC and top 20 in the nation," said Bloemendaal. "We expect nothing less than a battle from start to finish."
The No. 56 Hoosiers are also slated to take on a heavy dose in the non-conference schedule. Matches at Alabama (#20), Texas A&M (#25), North Carolina State (#31) and Southern Methodist will force IU to go on the road and compete against four top-50 squads. Louisville also crack the top-50, and are set to visit Bloomington on Mar. 18.
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