IU Drops Tough Battle to No. 44 Northwestern in Big Ten Opener
BLOOMINGTON, Ind-- Playing in front of its largest crowd ever, consisting of about 250 people, the No. 64 Indiana men's tennis team hung on for as long as it could, but in the end dropped a tough, 4-3, battle to 44th-ranked Northwestern Friday night at the IU Indoor Tennis Center in its Big Ten opener.
With the loss, the Hoosiers move to 5-5 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats improve to a 10-4 record overall and a 2-1 mark in conference play.
It seemed as though the Hoosiers were headed in the right direction after they picked up the doubles point to start off the night. The No. 1 and No. 3 doubles' teams picked up wins as Ryan Recht and John Stone strolled past Chuck Perrin and Justin Hoeveler, 8-3 and Neil Kenner and Ryan McCarthy got past Matt Christain and Adam Schaechterle 8-6.
Indiana struggled in singles and did something it hasn't done all year when both the No. 1 and No. 2 spots fell to their opponents with Jakub Praibis (No. 1), Recht (No. 2) losing to Tommy Hanus, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1 and Christain Tempke, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, respectively.
Only two Hoosiers picked up victories in the singles competition with Tom Bagnato racking up his tenth win of the season when he beat Willy Lock, 6-2, 6-3. Stone was also victorious with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3) triumph over Schaechterle.
"It was nice having all the fans there tonight," said Hydinger. " It was a great tennis atmosphere, I just wish the outcome was a little different. I really thought we were going to win. We came ready to play, but we just didn't get the job done."
The Cream and Crimson are back in action when they travel to Lexington, Ky., for a match with No. 15 Kentucky on Wednesday, March 10. Match time is set for 2:00 p.m.
1.) Tommy Hanus (NW) def. Jakub Praibis (IU) 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-1
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