Two Knightly Battles in Florida Await the Hoosiers
March 15, 2010
The 43rd-ranked Hoosiers head south for two matches on Wed., March 17. Indiana will take battle with the Knights of Central Florida and Fairleigh Dickinson in Orlando, Fla. UCF enters the 10 a.m. ET contest ranked No. 61 by the ITA. Fairleigh Dickinson will square off with the Hoosiers at 6 p.m. ET. Both matches will mark the second match in each series. The Hoosiers are 1-0 all-time in both series.
Central Florida will take the courts against the Hoosiers for the first time since 1977. They are led by the 48th-ranked doubles tandem in all the land, Blaze Schwarts and Marc Rocafort. Fairleigh Dickinson will play the Hoosiers for the second time in three years. The Hoosiers defeated the Knights in 2008 by a 7-0 score.
LAST TIME OUT
Every player on the IU roster scored a singles victory on the day. The Hoosiers got two wins from Santiago Gruter and Jeremy Langer. Gruter and Langer each game up only two games in their wins against Morehead State.
Indiana lost just one doubles match and one singles match on the day.
IU WINS TWO, STAYS UNBEATEN AT HOME
Every player on the IU roster scored a singles victory on the day. The Hoosiers got two wins from Santiago Gruter and Jeremy Langer. Gruter and Langer each game up only two games in their wins against Morehead State. Indiana lost just one doubles match and one singles match on the day.
HOOSIERS FALL TO NO. 26 SOONERS
Ferguson defeated David Pultr at number four singles. The senior from Adelaide, Australia remains unbeaten at number four singles this season, scoring a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 win.
HOOSIERS TOPPLE HARVARD TO REMAIN UNBEATEN AT HOME
Juneau remains unbeaten in dual-meet singles action on the season. Ferguson defeated Marko Ballok in straight sets (6-4, 6-2).
Juneau won in straight sets as well, defeating Patrick Collins by a 6-2, 6-4 tally.
IU'S SCHEDULE CHANGES
Kentucky, originally scheduled to be in Bloomington on Feb. 13, will visit for a 1 p.m. showdown on March 24. The Harvard meeting has been moved forward to 9:30 a.m. to ease travel considerations for the Crimson.
With the move of the Kentucky dual match, Cleveland State will no longer be visiting Bloomington on Feb. 13.
HOOSIERS TOPPLE HARVARD
Indiana won the doubles point with wins at numbers two and three, and in singles action, IU jumped out to an early lead with first-set wins at numbers 1-5. IU moved to within one match of clinching the victory with wins from Langer and Ferguson, but then Harvard made it interesting.
Gruter fell in a second set tiebreaker as he played dead-even with Alexei Chijoff-Evans for the final two sets. MacTaggart fell 7-5 in his second set, before battling back for a 6-3 third-set victory to clinch for IU. Gruter won his three hour battle with a tiebreaker win in the third set. Armengaud won next, taking a straight-set victory.
DOMINATING WINS OVER BUTLER AND TENNESSEE TECH BY IU Indiana defeated Butler 7-0 and Tennessee Tech 7-0 in the first home matches of the season. The Hoosiers didn't lose a single set on the day and got dominant play from freshman Josh MacTaggart. In two singles matches, MacTaggart lost only one game.
MacTaggart defeated Justin Kirstein of Tennessee Tech by a 6-0, 6-0 tally, and then in match number two MacTaggart won 11 straight games before falling once. He defeated Butler's Bryce Warren 6-0, 6-1.
The Hoosiers never lost a set on the day. Sophomore Jeremy Langer gave up only four games in his two matches. Maxime Armengaud and Lachlan Ferguson gave up only two games in two matches at number two doubles.
HOOSIERS OPEN WITH A 4-2 WIN OVER NO. 52 COLUMBIA
After winning the doubles point with wins at number one and three, Langer got things rolling in singles. He won by a 7-5, 7-6 (5) score. Then Columbia started the comeback, winning at number one and number three in three-set matches.
After falling behind early, Kendall battled back for a win in a tiebreaker in the first. He then went on to take the second convincingly for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 final score. His win clinched the victory.
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