Men's Tennis

    IU to Take On Regional Foes

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Stephen Vogl
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Stephen Vogl
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 25, 2009

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    Indiana reopens a couple of regional rivalries this weekend, hosting the Southern Illinois Salukis and the Butler Bulldogs on March 1. The Hoosiers hold an advantage over both teams in all-time series that are among the oldest of IU’s non-conference opponents. Indiana’s all-time series with Butler dates back to 1936, and the Salukis have been squaring off with the Cream and Crimson since 1956.

    Indiana is 15-12 all-time against SIU, and the Hoosiers have come out on top in the last five meetings with the Carbondale products. The last time the two teams squared off, Indiana took a 6-1 victory on Feb. 20, 1999. The Salukis enter the contest 1-0 for the season, with their only dual ending with a 7-0 drubbing of Murray State. Coach Dann Nelson is in his fourth year at the helm and has a record of 35-31 at SIU.

    Butler comes to town with a 4-7 record, with their last matchup resulting in a 6-1 loss to Toledo. The Hoosiers hold an 11-1 record in the all-time series, winning the last seven meetings. The last time the teams met (1/21/06), Indiana won 5-2. Jason Suscha is in his 12th year leading the Butler program. He has a 173-112 record in that time.

    The Hoosiers had a strong showing, but fell to the #20 Alabama Crimson Tide, 4-3. Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson put up the biggest win of the day, taking down #86 Mathieu Thibaudeau at the #1 singles flight. Indiana dropped the doubles point, but nearly recorded the comeback win, taking three of the six singles matches.

    A tight battle the whole way through, three out of six singles matches took three sets. Ferguson only needed two sets to take down Thibaudeau, as he won the first 6-4 and the second 7-6 with a tiebreaker score of 7-4. Sophomore Santiago Gruter had a tough first set, losing after leading 5-3. He battled back to win the second set in a tie breaker, in which he won the last five points for an 8-6 win. Then in the third set, Gruter dominated, winning 6-2.

    Also winning for the Hoosiers was freshman Will Kendall. Kendall took control of his match from the word go, winning 6-3, 6-1.

    Indiana’s third victory of the season, over Gardner-Webb, marked the 200th win for Randy Bloemendaal. The win was his 19th at IU. Bloemendaal is in his 11th season as a head coach and his second at Indiana.

    No. 116 sophomore Lachlan Ferguson has two wins over ranked opponents this season. He got his first such victory over 42nd-ranked Diego Cubas of South Carolina. Ferguson took Cubas down by a score of 7-5, 6-4.

    On Feb. 21, Ferguson struck again, defeating Mathieu Thibaudeau of Alabama. Thibaudeau is ranked 86th nationally and fell 6-4, 7-6 (4).

    The Hoosiers fell to the #31 Kentucky Wildcats 6-1 on Feb. 14. The Hoosiers took two victories in the match.

    Freshman Jeremy Langer took down Alberto Gonzalez 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (4). The Toronto, Canada product continued the solid play in his rookie campaign.

    In doubles play, senior Peter Antons and freshman Maxime Armengaud defeated Graeme Dyce and Eric Quigley by an 8-4 tally.

    Indiana is in the middle of a five meet homestand. After squaring off with the Butler Bulldogs and Southern Illinois Salukis on March 1, the team then starts Big Ten play with Northwestern on March 7 and #43 Wisconsin on March 8. The Hoosiers hosted the #20 Alabama Crimson Tide last weekend.




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