HOOSIERS HEAD TO LEXINGTON
="tolexingt"> March 3, 1998
HOOSIERS HEAD TO LEXINGTON Indiana hopes to extend winning streak against 11th ranked Kentucky
at Rice Invitational - 3/19-21
THIS WEEK: After opening the season 0-3 the Indiana men's tennis team has won four straight and puts its streak on the line as they travel to Lexington for a battle with border rival Kentucky on March 12th. The Wildcats are currently 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. The Hoosiers hosted the Wildcats earlier in the season, taking seven out eleven singles matches and all five doubles matches, in the annual Indiana Winter Invitational.
LAST WEEK: Indiana continued its solid play, defeating a pair of teams to improve its record to 4-3 on the season. The Hoosiers breezed by Murray State and Northern Illinois, taking all twelve singles matches and four of the six doubles matches, as they clinched a pair of 7-0 victories.
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 Assemly Hall as a reminder of the honor he has brought to Indiana through her 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. He has compiled a record of 12-8 and has stepped up to play the number two singles position for much of the year. 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 Indiana an is in his 19th year overall. In his 13 seasons at the helm of the Hoosiers he has compiled a record of 214-136-1 while earning a 274-181-1 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 Houston, Texas to compete in the Rice Invitational on March 19th. Along with Indiana and the host school, Columbia and Arkansas-Little Rock will take place in the three day flighted tournament. The Hoosiers will then head home and will continue the Big Ten season against Northwestern and Wisconsin on the 4th and 5th of April.
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