Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Ready for Two Duals in the Sooner State

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    Feb. 24, 2010

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    The Hoosiers head west to the state of Oklahoma for two matches this weekend. On Friday, Feb. 26, Indiana will look to calm the 33rd-ranked Golden Hurricanes of Tulsa. On Sunday, Feb. 28, the Hoosiers will square off with the No. 26 Oklahoma Sooners.

    The Hoosiers won the only previous meeting with Tulsa, a 6-3 win in 1987. The matchup with the Golden Hurricanes is one of two dates on the IU schedule featuring a team from Conference USA. IU will visit Central Florida on March 17. The last time IU played a team from Conference USA was during the 2007-08 season, when the Hoosiers won at Southern Methodist by a 4-3 tally.

    The Hoosiers and Sooners have met three times previously, with Indiana undefeated in the series. The last meeting saw the Hoosiers win 6-1 in Norman during the 2000 season. Indiana plays a Big 12 school for the second straight year (L, 4-3 to Nebraska on 2/7/09) after not seeing a team from the conference on the schedule since the Oklahoma match in 2000.

    LAST TIME OUT
    Indiana moved to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 at home with a 6-1 victory over a Harvard Crimson squad fresh off an Ivy League championship. Indiana got straight-set victories from Jeremy Langer, Lachlan Ferguson and Maxime Armengaud as well as three-set wins from Josh MacTaggart and Santiago Gruter.

    Indiana won the doubles point with wins at numbers two and three, and in singles action, IU jumped out to an early lead with first-set wins at numbers 1-5. IU moved to within one match of clinching the victory with wins from Langer and Ferguson, but then Harvard made it interesting.

    Gruter fell in a second set tiebreaker as he played dead-even with Alexei Chijoff-Evans for the final two sets. MacTaggart fell 7-5 in his second set, before battling back for a 6-3 third-set victory to clinch for IU. Gruter won his three hour battle with a tiebreaker win in the third set. Armengaud won next, taking a straight-set victory.

    Will Kendall dropped his first set at number six, but battled back to force a tiebreaker in the second. Any Nguyen of the Crimson pulled through for the win.

    HOOSIERS TOPPLE HARVARD TO REMAIN UNBEATEN AT HOME
    Indiana moved to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 at home with a 6-1 victory over a Harvard Crimson fresh off winning the Ivy League championship. Indiana got straight-set victories from Jeremy Langer, Lachlan Ferguson and Maxime Armengaud as well as three-set wins from Josh MacTaggart and Santiago Gruter.

    Indiana won the doubles point with wins at numbers two and three, and in singles action, IU jumped out to an early lead with first-set wins at numbers 1-5. IU moved to within one match of clinching the victory with wins from Langer and Ferguson, but then Harvard made it interesting.

    Gruter fell in a second set tiebreaker as he played dead-even with Alexei Chijoff-Evans for the final two sets. MacTaggart fell 7-5 in his second set, before battling back for a 6-3 third-set victory to clinch for IU. Gruter won his three hour battle with a tiebreaker win in the third set. Armengaud won next, taking a straight-set victory.

    Will Kendall dropped his first set at number six, but battled back to force a tiebreaker in the second. Any Nguyen of the Crimson pulled through for the win.

    DOMINATING WINS OVER BUTLER AND TENNESSEE TECH BY IU
    Indiana defeated Butler 7-0 and Tennessee Tech 7-0 in the first home matches of the season. The Hoosiers didn't lose a single set on the day and got dominant play from freshman Josh MacTaggart. In two singles matches, MacTaggart lost only one game.

    MacTaggart defeated Justin Kirstein of Tennessee Tech by a 6-0, 6-0 tally, and then in match number two MacTaggart won 11 straight games before falling once. He defeated Butler's Bryce Warren 6-0, 6-1.

    The Hoosiers never lost a set on the day. Sophomore Jeremy Langer gave up only four games in his two matches. Maxime Armengaud and Lachlan Ferguson gave up only two games in two matches at number two doubles. The duo defeated Butler's Lenz Theodor and Zach Ervin by an 8-0 tally.

    IU'S SCHEDULE CHANGES
    Indiana men's tennis coach Randy Bloemendaal has announced three changes to his team's schedule. The Hoosiers' battle with Kentucky has been rescheduled for March 24 and the time of the dual with Harvard has been moved to 9:30 a.m. ET on Feb. 21.

    Kentucky, originally scheduled to be in Bloomington on Feb. 13, will visit for a 1 p.m. showdown on March 24. The Harvard meeting has been moved forward to 9:30 a.m. to ease travel considerations for the Crimson.

    With the move of the Kentucky dual match, Cleveland State will no longer be visiting Bloomington on Feb. 13.

    HOOSIERS FALL TO NO. 10 REBELS
    The Hoosiers were unable to keep up with the 10th-ranked Ole Miss Rebels, as they fell 4-0 to close out the ITA Kickoff Weekend. Indiana moves to 1-1 on the season.

    Josh MacTaggart lost in two highly contested sets, winning five games in the first set and falling in a tiebreaker in the second set.

    HOOSIERS OPEN WITH A 4-2 WIN OVER NO. 52 COLUMBIA
    Indiana opened the dual match slate of their season against No. 52 Columbia on Saturday. The No. 50 Hoosiers were up to the task, riding key wins from sophomores Jeremy Langer and Will Kendall to a 4-2 win.

    After winning the doubles point with wins at number one and three, Langer got things rolling in singles. He won in a hard-fought two-set match by a 7-5, 7-6 (5) score. With a 2-0 lead, the Hoosiers were in control.

    But then Columbia started the comeback, winning at number one and number three in three-set matches.

    Freshman Josh MacTaggart won in straight sets at number four, defeating Cyril Bucher 6-2, 7-6 (1). With the win, the Hoosiers led 3-2 with sophomores Kendall and Maxime Armengaud on court at numbers five and six.

    After falling behind early, Kendall battled back for a win in a tiebreaker in the first. He then went on to take the second convincingly for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 final score. His win clinched the score.


     

     


       

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