Champaign, Ill.- The Indiana men's tennis team won their seventh match over a ranked opponent on Saturday afternoon as they defeated No. 32 Miami of Florida, 4-3. The win marked the fourth time this season IU had knocked off an opponent ranked higher than them. No. 42 Indiana improved to 10-1 on the season, while Miami fell to 5-2.
Things start just as they did on Wednesday against No. 60 Ball State with Indiana dropping the doubles point. Indiana's No. 1 team of senior Zach Held and sophomore Ryan Recht gave the Hoosiers an early lead in doubles. The Hoosier duo downed Luis Manrique and Shauny Hoyes, 8-3. Held and Recht improved to 7-4 on the season.
Despite two close matches, the Hurricanes won at both No. 2 and No. 3 in winning the doubles point. At No. 2, Andrew Golub and Colin Purcell downed freshman Viktor Libal and senior Petr Novotny, 8-6. The No. 3 match was the closest as Miami's Todd Widom and Eric Hechtman downed freshman John Stone and sophomore Jakub Praibis, 9-7.
Eerily reminiscent of the Ball State match, the Hoosiers came out and won four straight singles matches to clinch the victory. Indiana claimed wins at No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 singles.
Sophomore Tommy Bagnato playing in only his second spring match of the season made quick work of Shauny Hoyes at No. 6, 6-3, 6-1. The win improved Bagnato's record to 3-4.
Senior Petr Novotny ended a personal two-match losing streak with a 6-1, 7-5 win over Luis Manrique. Novotny upped his record to 8-3 on the season, all at the No. 3 position.
At No. 2, freshman Viktor Libal won his second straight match. He downed Andrew Golub in straight sets, 7-6 (9), 6-2. Libal is now 9-7 on the season and 6-2 at the No. 2 singles position.
Senior Zach Held, like Libal, won his second straight match at No. 4 singles. The Indianapolis, Ind., native downed Colin Purcell 7-6 (2), 6-1. Held upped his mark to 8-3 on the season.
With Indiana's victory already clinched, sophomore Jakub Praibis and Ryan Recht both lost tough three set matches. After winning the first set, 6-3, over 18th ranked Todd Widom of Miami, Praibis dropped the next two, 6-3, 6-2. Recht on the other hand had to rally to force three sets as he lost the first 6-4 before winning the second 7-5. He fell to Eric Hechtman in the third, 6-4.
The No. 42 Hoosiers will have seven days off before traveling to No. 9 Kentucky on March 8. The match is set for 1:00 p.m.
No. 42 Indiana 4, No. 32 Miami (Florida) 3
Singles 1) #18 Todd Widom (UM) def. Jakub Praibis (IU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
2) Viktor Libal (IU) def. Andrew Golub (UM) 7-6 (9), 6-2
3) Petr Novotny (IU) def. Luis Manrique (UM) 6-1, 7-5
4) Zach Held (IU) def. Colin Purcell (UM) 7-6 (2), 6-1
5) Eric Hechtman (UM) def. Ryan Recht (IU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
6) Tommy Bagnaoto (IU) def. Shauny Hoyes (UM) 6-3, 6-1