Hoosiers Face Kentucky, Harvard and Vanderbilt On The Road
March 8, 2000 Hoosiers Face Kentucky, Harvard and Vanderbilt On The Road
On Tap...The Hoosiers (7-2, 1-1) will will travel down to Lexington, Kentucky for a pair of matches this weekend. On Friday, they will face Kentucky at 2 p.m. Last year, the Hoosiers lost to the Wildcats 5-2 in Bloomington. Kentucky holds the all-time series lead at 17-2. The Hoosiers will then play a neutral site match against Harvard on Saturday at 2 p.m. Harvard holds a 1-0 all-time series lead over the Hoosiers. Next Wednesday, the Hoosiers will travel to Nashville, Tennessee for a 2 p.m. match against Vanderbilt. The Hoosiers hold an all-time 13-4 record against the Commodores.
Hydinger On The Week..."Both teams will be in the NCAA's. Both teams are top teams in the country. These are big matches for us as far as establishing ourselves nationally and getting into the NCAA tournament. Vanderbilt was a top 25 program last year and beat some good teams. This match will also be significant for the NCAA tournament. I know that they have not been as good as there preseason expectations, but I know that they will be really good and really dangerous."
Scouting Kentucky...The 23rd-ranked Wildcats come into the match this weekend with a 4-5 record. The Wildcats are led by the 19th-ranked doubles team of Jesoun Hesoun and Gustav Pousette.
Scouting Harvard...The 24th-ranked Crimson come into the weekend with a 7-2. Harvard is led by the 42nd-ranked doubles team of Joe Green and Dave Lingman. In singles, the team's top player is senior John Doran.
Scouting Vanderbilt...The 67th-ranked Commodores comes into next Wednesday's match with a 6-8 record. The Vanderbilt are led by senior Andrew Nasker, who is currently ranked 33rd in singles.
Home Sweep...The Hoosiers rebounded from a pair of losses to defeat Murray State and Austin Peay last Saturday. The day started off with a 5-2 victory over Murray State. The Hoosiers won the doubles point and four of the singles matches. The Hoosiers won all nine matches against Austin Peay to post a 7-0 victory.
In The Rankings...In the current ITA Rankings the Hoosiers moved up three spots to be ranked 41st. In Region IV, the Hoosiers are ranked 5th. Milan Rakvica is currently ranked 24th in the Region in singles. In doubles the team of Rakvica and Rahman Smiley moved up four spots to be ranked 41st in the country and 11th in the Region.
Seniors Leading The Way...Montilla, have shown senior leadership during the first five dual matches of the season. Montilla has played well at the No. 3 position posting a 7-2 record. He has also been solid in doubles, going 7-2 at the No. 1 position with junior Ian Arons. McGill missed the opening match, but now is the No. 4 player with a 6-1 record.
hydinger Wins 300th...with the Hoosiers win over Notre Dame, head coach Ken Hydinger picked up his 300th career victory. Hydinger is currently in his 16th season as the Head Coach of the men's tennis team. He has a overall record of 240-160-1, while going 104-81 in the Big Ten. Coach Hydinger has been a coach at the collegiate level for 21 years, coaching at Southwest Missouri State and Mississippi State before coming to Indiana. In his 20 years of coaching he has a record of 306-205-1.
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