Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Open Big Ten Play Hosting Northwestern, Wisconsin

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Jonathan Schroeder
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Jonathan Schroeder
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 4, 2009

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    Indiana opens Big Ten play this weekend, hosting the No. 44 Northwestern Wildcats on March 7 and the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers on March 8. Indiana enters the weekend with a 7-7 record. The Wildcats sit at 10-1 and the Badgers are 7-2. The Wilcats' trip to Bloomington marks the third of four straight road contests. They are coming off a win at Old Dominion, and prior to that, they fell to William and Mary 4-3.

    Head coach Arvid Swan is in his second season in Evanston after spending a season at the helm of DePaul and three seasons prior to that as the associate head coach for the Wildcats. Indiana is 37-35 all-time against Northwestern and has won the last three meetings.

    Wisconsin comes to town ranked #19 in the country, yet they have lost two of their last three, including their last contest to Louisville. The Badgers boast two ranked singles players, Marek Michalicka and Moritz Baumann, and together they make up the #16 doubles pair in the country. Head coach Greg Van Emburgh is in his third season at Wisconsin.

    Indiana men's tennis recorded two wins on March 1, over the Salukis of Southern Illinois and the Bulldogs of Butler. After taking a 6-1 win over SIU, the Hoosiers tamed the Bulldogs, also by a 6-1 score. The Hoosiers were undefeated in doubles action and went 10-2 in singles action.

    Against SIU, 116th-ranked sophomore Lachlan Ferguson led the way. At number one singles he took a 6-3, 6-4 win, and at number two doubles, he joined freshman Stephen Vogl for an 8-5 victory. Fellow sophomore Santiago Gruter won at number two singles 6-2, 6-3 and at number one doubles with freshman Jeremy Langer 8-3.

    Against Butler, the Hoosiers jumped out to an early lead and did not relent. In doubles action, the Hoosiers took all three matches. Langer and freshman Maxime Armengaud quickly took their matches at number four and five respectively. Langer won 6-1, 6-2 and Armengaud won 6-1, 6-4. Next to finish was Gruter who took a 6-4, 6-3 win. With the match decided, freshman Will Kendall took his match in straight sets and Ferguson finished off his opponent in a ten-point third set tiebreaker.    

    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.

    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).

    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.

    After hosting the Northwestern Wildcats and the Wisconsin Badgers this weekend, the Hoosiers will head out west for a showdown with Fresno State. That match is scheduled for Tuesday, March 17 at 5 p.m. ET.




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