Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Upset No. 32 Miami

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    March 1, 2003

    Hoosiers Upset No. 32 Miami, 4-3

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    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

    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

    1) Held/Recht (IU) def. Manrique/Hoyes (UM) 8-3
    2) Golub/Purcell (UM) def. Libal/Novotny (IU) 8-6
    3) Widom/Hectman (UM) def. Stone/Praibis (IU) 9-7




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