Hoosiers to Face SMU and Texas A&M During Spring Break
March 9, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 31 Indiana University men's tennis team (9-2) will travel south for a pair road matches during spring break, beginning with a Monday afternoon contest at No. 65 Southern Methodist. The Hoosiers are also set to take on No. 19 Texas A&M on Wednesday, March 12th.
"Both SMU and Texas A&M are very good teams," said Head Coach Randy Bloemendaal. "Both matches are scheduled outdoors and on the road for the third week in a row. We have had no cooperation with our weather for preparation of outdoor play so these situations will be even more difficult than normal."
Indiana vaulted up 25 slots in the latest ITA national polls, going from 56th the week before to 31st this week. It marks the highest ranking the Hoosiers have had since 2001, and just 10 spots away from their all-time high of No. 21 in the nation.
"Our guys have gained some momentum in the last week, but it very difficult to keep it going," said Bloemendaal. "Of course that is our goal."
SMU (9-5) is ranked No. 65 in the country and has two individuals in the singles rankings. Robin Fahgan is slotted at No. 62 while David Kuczer comes in at No. 117.
The No. 19 Aggies of Texas A&M (6-4) are a top-20 program, having played all 10 matches versus other nationally-ranked opponents thus far. Their Monday match against No. 20 Wake Forest will be no different. Conor Pollock represents the Aggies in the singles rankings, currently at No. 31.
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