Men's Tennis Falls To #23 Kentucky 5-2
March 10, 2000 Men's Tennis Falls To #23 Kentucky 5-2
Lexington, Ken. - The men's tennis team dropped a close match to #23 Kentucky today 5-2.
The #41 Hoosiers (7-2, 1-1) fell behind early after being swept in the doubles matches. The Hoosiers then dropped the first singles with Gabriel Montilla losing at the No. 3 position. Paul Jacobson, playing at No. 5, gave the Hoosiers their first point with a victory over Johan Grunditz 6-4,6-3. The Hoosiers then fell behind 3-1 with Ian Arons losing at No. 2.
The last three matches went into the third set. At No. 4, George McGill won his match over Gustav Pousette 6-4,0-6,6-4. Indiana then went on to drop the last two matches. At No. 6, Rahman Smiley was up 4-1 in the third set, before losing to Jorge Escallon 4-6,7-6,6-4. Milan Rakvica was down a set and 4-1 in the second to Johan Hesoun before rebounding to force a third set. Rakvica lost the third set and the match 6-1,6-7,6-4.
Head Coach Ken Hydinger, "It was a very close match. We were way behind in the beginning after losing the three doubles matches and the first singles match. Paul Jacobson then wins and it was 2-1. Then we took three matches into the third set and I was sure that we were going to win the match. Unfortunately, we were unable to hold onto leads that we had in the third set."
The Hoosiers will have another tough test tomorrow as they will face 24th-ranked Harvard in Lexington, Kentucky. The match will begin at 2 p.m.
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