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.

    LAST TIME OUT
    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.

    200 FOR BLOEMENDAAL
    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.

    FERGUSON WELCOMES RANKED OPPONENTS
    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).

    HOOSIERS FALL TO UK
    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.

    LOOKING AHEAD...
    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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