Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Host Two on Saturday

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Josh MacTaggart
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Josh MacTaggart
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 4, 2010

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    The 43rd-ranked Hoosiers will host two regional foes on Sat., March 6. IU will first hit the courts with No. 66 Illinois State at 10 a.m. ET. The match will be the 11th meeting all-time between the two schools with the Hoosiers undefeated in the series. Indiana has not taken battle with the RedBirds since the 1982-83 season, and this will be the first time a ranked Illinois State team has taken the courts against the Hoosiers.

    Morehead State will provide the second test of the day for IU. Indiana has won both of the previous meetings with the Eagles. Indiana head coach Randy Bloemendaal has been a Hoosier for both matches with MSU, winning in 2006-07 as assistant coach and blanking Morehead State for a 7-0 win as head coach in 2007-08. The Hoosiers are undefeated in three matches at home this season. IU players are 50-14 in singles matches played in Bloomington this school year, including a 17-1 singles record in dual matches. In three dual matches at home, opponents have managed only one doubles win and one singles win.

    LAST TIME OUT
    The Hoosiers suffered their third defeat of the season, falling to the 26th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners on Feb. 28. Indiana fell 6-1, scoring a singles win by Lachlan Ferguson.

    Ferguson defeated David Pultr at number four singles. The senior from Adelaide, Australia, remains unbeaten at number four singles this season, scoring a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win.

    HOOSIERS FALL TO NO. 26 SOONERS
    The Hoosiers suffered their third defeat of the season, falling to the 26th-ranked Oklahoma Sooners. Indiana fell 6-1, scoring a singles win by Lachlan Ferguson.

    Ferguson defeated David Pultr at number four singles. The senior from Adelaide, Australia remains unbeaten at number four singles this season, scoring a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win.

    HOOSIERS TOPPLE HARVARD TO REMAIN UNBEATEN AT HOME
    The Hoosiers suffered their second defeat of the season, falling to the 33rd-ranked Tulsa Golden Hurricanes. Indiana fell 5-2, scoring singles wins by Lachlan Ferguson and Isade Juneau.

    Juneau remains unbeaten in dual-meet singles action on the season. Ferguson defeated Marko Ballok in straight sets (6-4, 6-2).

    Juneau won in straight sets as well, defeating Patrick Collins by a 6-2, 6-4 tally.

    IU'S SCHEDULE CHANGES
    Indiana men's tennis coach Randy Bloemendaal has announced three changes to his team's schedule. The Hoosiers' battle with Kentucky has been rescheduled for March 24 and the time of the dual with Harvard has been moved to 9:30 a.m. ET on Feb. 21.

    Kentucky, originally scheduled to be in Bloomington on Feb. 13, will visit for a 1 p.m. showdown on March 24. The Harvard meeting has been moved forward to 9:30 a.m. to ease travel considerations for the Crimson.

    With the move of the Kentucky dual match, Cleveland State will no longer be visiting Bloomington on Feb. 13.

    HOOSIERS TOPPLE HARVARD TO REMAIN UNBEATEN AT HOME
    Indiana moved to 4-1 on the season and 3-0 at home with a 6-1 victory over a Harvard Crimson fresh off winning the Ivy League championship. Indiana got straight-set victories from Jeremy Langer, Lachlan Ferguson and Maxime Armengaud as well as three-set wins from Josh MacTaggart and Santiago Gruter.

    Indiana won the doubles point with wins at numbers two and three, and in singles action, IU jumped out to an early lead with first-set wins at numbers 1-5. IU moved to within one match of clinching the victory with wins from Langer and Ferguson, but then Harvard made it interesting.

    Gruter fell in a second set tiebreaker as he played dead-even with Alexei Chijoff-Evans for the final two sets. MacTaggart fell 7-5 in his second set, before battling back for a 6-3 third-set victory to clinch for IU. Gruter won his three hour battle with a tiebreaker win in the third set. Armengaud won next, taking a straight-set victory.

    DOMINATING WINS OVER BUTLER AND TENNESSEE TECH BY IU
    Indiana defeated Butler 7-0 and Tennessee Tech 7-0 in the first home matches of the season. The Hoosiers didn't lose a single set on the day and got dominant play from freshman Josh MacTaggart. In two singles matches, MacTaggart lost only one game.

    MacTaggart defeated Justin Kirstein of Tennessee Tech by a 6-0, 6-0 tally, and then in match number two MacTaggart won 11 straight games before falling once. He defeated Butler's Bryce Warren 6-0, 6-1.

    The Hoosiers never lost a set on the day. Sophomore Jeremy Langer gave up only four games in his two matches. Maxime Armengaud and Lachlan Ferguson gave up only two games in two matches at number two doubles. The duo defeated Butler's Lenz Theodor and Zach Ervin by an 8-0 tally.

    HOOSIERS OPEN WITH A 4-2 WIN OVER NO. 52 COLUMBIA
    Indiana opened the dual match slate of their season against No. 52 Columbia on Saturday. The No. 50 Hoosiers were up to the task, riding key wins from sophomores Jeremy Langer and Will Kendall to a 4-2 win.

    After winning the doubles point with wins at number one and three, Langer got things rolling in singles. He won in a hard-fought two-set match by a 7-5, 7-6 (5) score. With a 2-0 lead, the Hoosiers were in control.

    But then Columbia started the comeback, winning at number one and number three in three-set matches.

    Freshman Josh MacTaggart won in straight sets at number four, defeating Cyril Bucher 6-2, 7-6 (1). With the win, the Hoosiers led 3-2 with sophomores Kendall and Maxime Armengaud on court at numbers five and six.

    After falling behind early, Kendall battled back for a win in a tiebreaker in the first. He then went on to take the second convincingly for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 final score. His win clinched the victory.

     

     


       

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