Jump to 55th in ITA Poll
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After posting a win over then-No. 26 Louisville on Feb. 18, the Indiana men's tennis team jumped 15 spots, to 55th overall, according to the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I Rankings released on Feb. 22. This is the highest ranking for the Hoosiers in 2005.
Senior Jakub Praibis is tied for 100th, in the nation player rankings, while he and his doubles partner, junior Dmytro Ishtuganov, stand at 54th in the country.
Praibis has had a strong spring, registering a mark of 6-1 at the No. 1 singles position. The Czech Republic, product has beaten four opponents that ranked among the top 125 in the nation. The doubles tandem has a 5-2 ledger this spring, including a 4-0 mark at the No. 2 position.
Baylor retained the top-spot, followed by 2005 IU opponents Virginia, second, and Illinois, third, while UCLA and Mississippi round out the top-five.
The Hoosiers spring schedule boasts eight opponents that appeared in the 2004 NCAA Championship. Of those eight challengers, five rest in the top 20 of the current Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I team rankings. Sixteen of the 22 spring opponents rank in the top 75, including eight combatants from the Big Ten.
The Cream and Crimson have a pair of matches on the horizon this week. The Hoosiers will travel to Ball State on Thursday, Feb. 24, and host No. 17 Vanderbilt on Sunday, Feb. 27. IU and BSU will meet at 1 p.m. in the Muncie YMCA and the Commodores travel to the IU Tennis Center for a 2 p.m. contest.
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