Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Play Five Matches Over Six Days in Florida

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Neil Kenner and the Indiana men's tennis team will battle five teams over a six-day period in the state of Florida.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Neil Kenner and the Indiana men's tennis team will battle five teams over a six-day period in the state of Florida.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 10, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team will embark on its spring break trip with five matches over six days in the state of Florida. Indiana will open with a pair of matches on March 13 in Daytona, Fla. IU will face North Florida and Colgate on Monday, March 13, before traveling to Tampa, Fla., to face South Florida on March 15. The Hoosiers will face Army on March 16 in Tampa and finish the week with a March 18 affair against Central Florida in Daytona. The trip will include the first ever meetings between IU and Colgate, North Florida and Army.

    Scouting Colgate
    Colgate own a 3-6 record on the season with four-match losing streak entering a March 11 match with Stony Brook. The Raiders garnered victories over Swarthmore (5-2), Buffalo (6-1) and Niagara (5-2), while suffering losses to Dartmouth (7-0), St. Joseph's (5-2), Binghamton (5-2), Army (7-0), St. John's (6-1) and then-No. 72 Cornell (7-0).

    Mickey Gallagher leads the Raider singles players in victories with a 12-11 record, playing primarily at the No. 2 and No. 3 slots. Chris Innes is 7-14, including a 4-5 mark at the No. 1 position. In doubles, Gallagher and Marshall Wheeler own the top tandem mark for the Raiders at 7-7. The duo has played primarily at the No. 2 position, while it is 5-4. Innes and Martin MacIntyre comprised Colgate's No. 1 doubles team and are 5-9 on the year.

    Scouting North Florida
    The North Florida Ospreys own an 8-4 overall mark with a perfect Atlantic Sun Conference record of 4-0. The Ospreys have defeated College of Charleston (4-3), Georgia Southern (5-2), Florida A&M (5-2), Stetson (5-2), Jacksonville (7-0), Florida Atlantic (5-1), Mercer (7-0) and Ferris State (6-1). Three of the four UNF losses have come on the road with their defeats coming at Auburn (6-1), at South Alabama (5-1), at Valdosta State (4-3) and against Ole Miss (5-2).

    Elad Gabay has the top singles mark for UNF at 13-7. He has played primarily at the No. 4 and 5 positions, compiling a 7-4 record. Matias Sigal and Jose Terrera round out the double-digit singles winner for the Ospreys. Sigal is 10-8 overall, including a 6-6 mark combined at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots, while Terrera own an 11-8 mark, including a 8-4 mark in dual matches at No. 3 singles. Sigal and Terrera are 12-5 as a doubles pair with an 8-2 record at the No. 2 position. German Escallon and Leonardo Gomes are the No. 1 doubles teams for UNF at 11-6 overall and 7-3 in dual matches.

    Scouting South Florida
    South Florida is 1-4 on the year entering a March 10 match with Old Dominion. The Bulls will also face Central Florida on March 13 before battling IU on March 15. USF defeated Georgia State (5-2) for its lone victory on the year. Three of the four losses for the Bulls came on the road with defeats at Florida (6-1), at Auburn (6-1), at Miami (4-0) and Florida State (5-2).

    The Hoosiers and Bulls have met on six occasions, with IU holding a 4-2 advantage. The last time the two teams met was on March 19, 2004, when USF defeated the Hoosiers, 4-3, in Tampa, Fla.

    Scouting Army
    Army is 5-8 on the season entering its March 10 match with Princeton. The Cadets have notched victories against Binghamton (5-2), Lehigh (4-3), Connecticut (6-1), Marist (6-1) and Colgate (7-0). Dartmouth (5-2), Clemson (6-1), Brown (7-0), Columbia (6-1), Yale (6-1), Cornell (6-1), St. Joseph's (4-3) and St. John's (5-2) own victories over Army this season.

    Eddie Kang leads Army in singles and doubles victories. He is 14-13 in singles and has an overall doubles mark of 14-11. Carl Fisher and Michael Good both own 12 singles victories for the Cadets. Good and Kang have teamed to for Army's No. 2 doubles team with an overall record of 12-11.

    Scouting Central Florida
    Central Florida is 7-3 on the year, but will play a pair of matches before wrapping up the Hoosiers' spring break trip on March 18. The Golden Knights will face Louisiana-Lafayette on March 12 and South Florida on March 13, before squaring off with the Hoosiers.

    Last season, the Golden Knights were the Atlantic Sun champion and advanced to NCAA Tournament. In 2006, UCF has defeated Southern Mississippi (6-0), UAB (5-2), Memphis (4-3), Florida Atlantic (6-1), Bethune-Cookman (6-1), Rollins College (5-4) and Texas-San Antonio (5-2). All three Central Florida losses have come at the hands of ranked foes as it fell to Penn (4-3), Florida (7-0) and Miami (7-0). The most recent loss to Penn snapped a four-match winning streak.

    The Hoosiers and Golden Knights have met on four occasions, but have not seen each other since the 1979 season. IU defeated UCF, 9-0, during that season.

    Closing in on 300
    With the Hoosiers' five victories during the 2006 dual-match season, Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger is only two wins away from reaching the 300 mark at IU. During his 21 years at the helm of the Hoosier program, Hydinger has a 298-221-1 record.

    "I have been blessed in many ways during my time here at IU," Hydinger said. "Some of those great memories were being around some elite coaches. I've been blessed to be in a good place and to have had some great competitors on my teams."

    He will join a group of elite Hoosier coaches to surpass the 300-win barrier. In the history of IU Athletics, seven coaches have amassed 300 or more victories. Ironically enough, the two winningest current head coaches at IU are with the tennis programs in Hydinger and women's tennis head coach Lin Loring, who has 627 wins. Here is a look at the head coaches that have 300 wins at IU:

    Head Coach (Sport) - Wins - Tenure at Indiana
    Bob Morgan (Baseball) - 782 - 1984-2005
    Bob Knight (Men's Basketball) - 66 1 - 1972-2000
    Lin Loring (Women's Tennis) - 627 - 1977-Present
    Jerry Yeagley (Men's Soccer) - 544 - 1973-2003
    Diane Stephenson (Softball) - 402 - 1988-2002
    Ernie Andres (Baseball) - 401 - 1949-1973
    Branch McCracken (Men's Basketball) - 364 - 1939-1943, 1947-1965
    Ken Hydginer (Men's Tennis) - 298 - 1984-Present

    Knocking off the Ranked
    Sophomore Dara McLoughlin highlighted the Hoosier effort against then-No. 18 Notre Dame with his second victory over a nationally-ranked foe this season. After falling in the first set, 6-1, McLoughlin fought back to take the second, 6-4, over No. 60 Brett Helgeson. The Dublin, Ireland native broke Helgeson to take a 5-3 lead. The ND player returned the favor and broke back to get on serve trailing 5-4. McLoughlin would not be outdone, as he broke Helgeson for the second straight time to claim a 6-4 second-set win.

    In the third and deciding set, McLoughlin was down a break early, but responded by winning four straight points to build 5-2 cushion. He served out the match for the 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory. McLoughlin evened his overall record at 11-11 and his mark against ranked opponents at 2-2. Earlier in the year, he defeated then-No. 115 Marc Spicijaric of Illinois at the ITA Midwest Regional.




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