Hoosiers Face Tough Road Matches Against Purdue, Louisville
February 23, 2000 Hoosiers Face Tough Road Matches Against Purdue, Louisville
ON TAP...The Hoosiers (5-0) will be trying to improve on their best start since 1987 with two away matches this weekend. On Thursday, the Hoosiers will take on instate rival Purdue at 2 p.m. in West Lafayette, Indiana. Last year, Indiana lost a close match to Purdue 4-3 in Bloomington, but hold an all-time 46-21-1 lead in the series. The men's team will travel to Louisville, Kentucky for a match against Louisville at 10 a.m on Saturday. The Hoosiers defeated Louisville 7-0 in Bloomington last year and hold a 12-0 all-time record against the Cardinals.
SCOUTING THE BOILERMAKERS...The 61st-ranked Boilermakers come into this match with a 3-3 overall record and a 1-0 record in the Big Ten. Purdue defeated Northwestern 5-2 last weekend to begin the Big Ten season. The 50th-ranked doubles team of Jason Marshall and Andrew Wakefield leads the team. Coach Hydinger said, "They have been in the top 4 in the Big Ten for the last few years. It is a quality match because of good tennis and it is a big match for Big Ten sakes. What can you say about a Purdue match, they are all the same and it is going to be a battle."
SCOUTING THE CARDINALS...The 52nd-ranked Cardinals come into this weekend with a 7-2 record. Louisville defeated Michigan State 5-2 last weekend and has gone 2-2 against ranked teams. The Cardinals are led by junior Tvrtko Kujundzic and freshman Joachim Lien. Coach Hydinger said, "We beat them pretty well here last year. They have a whole new team from all over the world and they can play. We know that it is a tough match and the environment is going to be tough down there."
HOME SWEEP...After winning two matches away the previous weekend against Kansas and Oklahoma, the Hoosiers returned home for a pair of wins. On Saturday, the Hoosiers won a close match against Northwestern 4-3 in their Big Ten opener. The men concluded the weekend sweep with a win over #43 ranked Ball State 6-1 on Sunday. After losing the doubles point, the Hoosiers swept the six singles matches.
IN THE RANKINGS...In the current ITA Rankings the Hoosiers moved up one spot to the #32 spot. In Region IV, the Hoosiers are ranked 5th. Milan Rakvica is currently ranked 101st in the nation and 24th in the Region in singles. In doubles the team of Rakvica and Rahman Smiley moved up two spots to be ranked 45th in the country and 11th in the Region.
JACOBSON STARTS STRONG...After the first three matches of the dual season, junior Paul Jacobson has posted a 4-1 record. He is currently on a seven match-winning streak that began during the Indiana Winter Invitational.
SENIORS LEADING THE WAY...The Hoosiers two seniors, George McGill and Gabriel Montilla, have shown senior leadership during the first five dual matches of the season. Montilla has gone undefeated at the No. 3 position with a 5-0 record. He has also been solid in doubles, going 4-1 at the No. 1 position with junior Ian Arons. McGill missed the opening match, but now is the No. 4 player with a 4-0 record.
HYDINGER REACHES 300 WINS...with the Hoosiers win over Notre Dame, head coach Ken Hydinger picked up his 300th career victory. Hydinger is currently in his 16th season as the Head Coach of the men's tennis team. He has a overall record of 238-158-1, while going 104-80 in the Big Ten. Coach Hydinger has been a coach at the collegiate level for 21 years, coaching at Southwest Missouri State and Mississippi State before coming to Indiana. In his 20 years of coaching he has a record of 304-203-1.
ACCESSING IU SPORTS...All information about Indiana Men's Tennis can be accessed on the web. Just go to http://www.athletics.indiana.edu and click on Men's Tennis.
IAN ARONS - currently 3-2 in dual matches...went 1-1 in Flight 2 and 0-1 in Flight 1 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...defeated #65 Matt Daly of Notre Dame 6-4,7-5...went 1-2 at the Big Ten Singles Championships, defeating Minnesota's Jorge Duanas 4-6,7-5,6-4 in the first round...finished fall with a 5-3 singles record...competed in two legs of the Collegiate Tennis Grand Slam at the ITA National Clay Court Championships and the Reebox/ITA All-American Championships...made it to the qualifying round at the All-American Championship with four wins, went 4-1 for the tournament.
JOEY BALSIGER - finished Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships with an 0-2 record...finished fall with a 5-4 singles record...reached finals of Flight B at the Louisville Invitational (4-1 record)...went 1-3 at Clemson Fall Tennis Classic.
PAUL JACOBSON - currently 4-1 in dual matches...currently on a seven match winning streak...went 3-0 in Flight 4 at the Indiana Winter Invitational to win the Flight...lost a tough three-set tiebreaker to Javier Taborga of Notre Dame 6-4,3-6,7-6...went 0-2 at the Big Ten Singles Championships...finished fall with a 6-2 record...went 0-1 at the ITA Region IV Championships...won Flight 3 at the Clemson Fall Tennis Classic, going 4-0 for the weekend...went 2-2 at the Tom Fallon Invitational.
GEORGE MCGILL - currently 4-0 in dual matches...won 50th career match against Penn State's Marc Dorfman 7-6,1-6,6-2...went 3-2 at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships...after losing in first round, won three straight in the consolation draw...went 0-1 at the ITA Region IV Championships.
GABRIEL MONTILLA - currently 5-0 in dual matches...went 1-2 in Flight 3 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...defeated Casey Smith of Notre Dame 7-6,7-6 to clinch victory for Hoosiers and win his 60th career match...went 0-2 at Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships...lost in final round of pre-qualifying at the Reebox/ITA All-American Championships (3-1 for the tournament)...went 3-1 at the Tom Fallen Invitational in Flight A.
MILAN RAKVICA - currently ranked #101 in the ITA national rankings...currently 2-3 in dual matches...went 2-0 in Flight 1 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...posted a win against 95th-ranked Ryan Baxter of Ball State...lost a hard fought match to 14th-ranked Ryan Sachire of Notre Dame...reached consolation bracket finals at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships, after winning five straight matches (5-2 overall)...finished fall with a 8-2 singles record...began season with a seven match win streak, before losing to David Martin of Stanford at the Reebox/ITA All-American Championship in the first round of qualifying...went 1-1 at the ITA Region IV Championships...went 4-0 at the Clemson Fall Classic.
RAHMAN SMILEY - currently 2-1 in dual matches...went 2-1 in Flight 5 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...defeated Aaron Talarico of Notre Dame 6-4,6-4...finished fall with a 5-4 record...went 1-1 at the ITA Region IV Championships...went 2-1 at the Reebox/ITA All-American Championships...went 2-2 at the Clemson Fall Tennis Classic.
BRENDAN STOREY - went 1-1 in Flight 7 and 0-1 in Flight 6 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...finished fall with a 1-5 record.
ARI WIDLANSKY - currently 0-1 in dual matches...went 2-0 in the Flight 6 and 1-0 in Flight 7 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...lost to Andrew Laflin of Notre Dame in first dual match of season...went 2-1 in the No. 7 & No. 8 bracket at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships...finished fall with a 3-5 record...went 0-1 Louisville Invitational...went 3-1 at the Clemson Fall Tennis Classic...went 0-3 at Tom Fallen Invitational.
ARONS/MONTILLA - currently 4-1 in dual matches...went 2-1 in the Flight 1 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...began season with a win over Notre Dame's 48th ranked Javier Taborga and Aaron Talarico 8-6.
RAKVICA/SMILEY - currently ranked 45th nationally....currently 4-1 in dual matches...went 2-1 in Flight 2 at the Indiana Winter Invitational...finished fall with a 5-3 record...went 3-1 at the ITA Region IV Championships, before losing in quarterfinals...went 2-2 at the Clemson Fall Tennis Classic.
JACOBSON/MCGILL - currently 0-2 in dual matches.
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