Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Head West for a Battle with the Bulldogs

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Will Kendall
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Will Kendall
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 15, 2009

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    The Hoosiers will look to build on a four-meet winning streak when they travel to Fresno, Calif., for a showdown with the Fresno State Bulldogs at the Spalding G. Wathen Tennis Center. The Hoosiers have squared off with the Bulldogs just twice in program history. Indiana came out on the losing end in both contests, dropping the last meeting (March 22, 1991) by a 5-2 tally. Fresno State will enter the meet at 6-4, coming off of a 5-2 win at UNLV. The Hoosiers are coming off of four straight wins, including a 2-0 start to Big Ten play. On March 7 an 8, IU knocked off ranked foes in #44 Northwestern and #19 Wisconsin, both by a 4-3 score.

    Jay Udwadia is in his fifth year as Fresno State’s men’s tennis coach after taking over for the Bulldogs in 2004. Udwadia led the Bulldogs from a 10-11 record in his first year to three straight winning seasons from 2006-08. In the last three years, Udwadia has led the Bulldogs to the Western Athletic Conference title match and a national ranking as high as No. 41.

    LAST TIME OUT
    Indiana was able to hold onto an early lead, defeating the #44 Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 4-3 on March 7. The Hoosiers grabbed the doubles point and used key wins by sophomores Lachlan Ferguson and Santiago Gruter to finish off NU.

    Indiana took its second straight win over a ranked Big Ten foe on March 8. The Hoosiers took the doubles point and then rode singles points from three freshman for a 4-3 victory over the 19th ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Freshman Maxime Armengaud clinched the victory for Indiana, winning a three set thriller at number five singles.

    Indiana moved to 9-7 on the year and 2-0 in Big Ten play. The weekend marks the first time IU has won back-to-back wins since Randy Bloemendaal joined the coaching staff, and the two wins mark the first and second time the Hoosiers have come out on top in a 4-3 decision.

    HOOSIERS BEAT #19 BADGERS
    Indiana took its second straight win over a ranked Big Ten foe on Sunday. The Hoosiers took the doubles point and then rode singles points from three freshman for a 4-3 victory over the 19th ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Freshman Maxime Armengaud clinched the victory for Indiana, winning a three set thriller at number five singles.

    For the second straight day, the Hoosiers jumped out to an early lead by snatching the doubles point. At number two doubles, sophomore Lachlan Ferguson and freshman Stephen Vogl jumped out early and took their match 8-3. At number one doubles, sophomore Santiago Gruter and freshman Jeremy Langer scored an upset of the 16th ranked doubles tandem in the nation. The IU duo played tough, forcing Moritz Baumann and Marek Michalicka into a tiebreaker, where the Hoosiers prevailed 7-5 for a 9-8 win, closing out the doubles point and moving Indiana into a 1-0 lead.

    Langer extended the lead to 2-0 with his dismissal of Luke Rassow-Kantor at number four singles. He won 6-1, 6-2. The Badgers then came roaring back, winning at  number one and number three singles to even the count at two all.

    Freshman Will Kendall scored the third point for Indiana, winning 6-3, 6-4 at number six singles, over Michael Dierberger. The win left two matches in play, both going to a third set. One IU win would bring home the W. The plot thickened as the second flight fell in favor of the Badgers. Gruter fell to #44 Marek Michalicka 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. At that point, only Armengaud and Peter Marrack of the Badgers remained on the court, tied at 4-4 in the third set.

    Armengaud then broke Marrack’s serve to take 5-4 advantage. With a loud and energized crowd watching, Amengaud held serve, winning a game of several long rallies. The Nice, France product wrapped up Indiana’s second defeat of a ranked opponent in as many days.

    INDIANA TAMES THE WILDCATS
    Indiana was able to hold onto the early lead, defeating the #44 Northwestern Wildcats by a score of 4-3. The Hoosiers grabbed the doubles point and used key wins by sophomores Lachlan Ferguson and Santiago Gruter to finish off NU.

    Indiana jumped out to an early lead, winning the number one and two doubles flights for an early 1-0 advantage. Gruter and freshman Jeremy Langer disposed of their Wildcat competition 8-4 at number one, and Ferguson and freshman Stephen Vogl took down the 80th ranked doubles team in the country of Alex Sanborn and Joshua Graves.

    Ferguson kept the ball rolling taking down #82 Marc Dwyer decisively for a 2-0 IU advantage. He recorded a 6-0, 6-1 win over the nationally ranked foe. The win is his third of the season over a ranked opponent. The next two matches (flights three and four) fell in the straight sets to the Wildcats, knotting the score at two all.

    The three remaining matches all went to a third set. The first of the final three matches to finish was at number five singles. Freshman Maxime Armengaud decisively took the third set for a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-2 win. The Hoosiers led 3-2. The momentum from that win carried over to the remaining matches at two and six singles.

    With the fans getting louder and louder, Gruter was able to use that momentum to carry out the win in the third set. The Lima, Peru native won a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 decision over Tobias Reitz, sealing the Hoosier win.

    LOOKING AHEAD...
    After visiting the Sunshine State for a battle with Fresno State, the Hoosiers will square off with the Louisville Cardinals on March 25. Next up will be a pair of home matches against rivals Purdue and Illinois on the March 28 and 31 respectfully.


     

     

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