INDIANA WRAPS UP HOMESTAND
="wrapsup"> February 27, 1998
INDIANA WRAPS UP HOMESTAND
Murray State and Northern Illinois come to town for Saturday matchup
THIS WEEK: The Hoosiers will complete their four match home stand with a pair of matches against Murray State and Northern Illinois this Saturday. The Hoosiers will battle Murray State at 9:00 a.m. and will then take on Northern Illinois in the night cap beginning at 6:00 p.m.
LAST WEEK: Indiana opened up the Big Ten season with a victory over Ohio State in the 2nd annual "Dinner with Doubles" contest. The Hoosiers split the six singles matches, but took two out of the three doubles contests to pull out a hard-fought 4-3 victory. The win put the Hoosiers a perfect 1-0 overall and in the Big Ten.
HELD HONORED: Andrew Held was recently named a Scholastic Achievement Award winner for his efforts in the classroom. The award is given annually to one athlete in each varsity sport to honor and acknowledge the academic excellence of the recipient. Held's name will be permanently displayed on a plaque in the north lobby of Assembly Hall as a reminder of the honor he has brought to Indiana through outstanding performance both on the court and in the classroom.
MONTILLA THE MARVELOUS: Sophomore Gabriel Montilla continues to be a pleasant surprise for the Hoosiers. Expected to play more of a key role this season, Montilla has been, with Scott Lippitt, the teams most consistent performer this season. Recently, Montilla stepped up for the Hoosiers at the Big Ten Singles Championships and provided perhaps some of the best tennis Indiana has seen all season. Playing in place of the injured Derek Pope, Montilla stepped into the main draw from the 7&8 flight competition and advanced to the quarterfinals before eventually falling. Along the way he defeated the six seed and some other extremely tough competition before falling to eventual finalist Marc Silva of Northwestern.
YOUTH HAS BEEN SERVED: With only two seniors on the roster, Coach Hydinger will have to look to the underclassmen for help throughout the season. The teams three sophomores and four freshmen all have legitamate shots at competing for court time during the Big Ten season. This years young group is led by junior Scott Lippitt and sophomore George McGill. In order for the Hoosiers to be successful, however, they are going to have to get solid play and leadership from their two seniors, Andrew Held and Derek Pope.
HEAD COACH KEN HYDINGER: Hydinger is entering his 14th year at Indiana and is in his 19th year overall. In his 13 seasons at the helm of the Hoosiers he has compiled a record of 212-136-1 while earning a 278-181-1 record overall. Since taking over at Indiana in 1985, Hydinger has helped rebuild a struggling program and lead it back to national prominence. In the eight seasons following his arrival the Hoosiers averaged a 2nd place finish in what has been called one of the nations toughest conferences. A graduate of Pepperdine University, Hydinger coached Southwest Missouri State to a 23-3 record in 1978 before coaching Mississippi State for four seasons.
HOOSIERS COMPLETE SUCCESSFUL FALL SEASON: Despite several injuries the Hoosiers managed to put together a strong tournament season last fall. Junior Scott Lippitt led the way for Indiana, compiling a 6-3 singles mark while going 6-5 against some tough doubles competition.
ON THE HORIZON: Indiana heads to Kentucky for their annual showdown with the rival to the south. The Wildcats are currenly ranked 11th in the Rolex Collegiate national rankings and are led by Cedric Kauffmann, who is ranked 3rd in the nation in singles play. In all the Wildcats placed three of their top six singles players among the nations top 60.
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