Atlanta, Georgia- The Indiana men's tennis team dropped only its third match of the season to No. 24 Georgia Tech, 5-2, on Friday afternoon. The No. 21 Hoosiers fell to 10-3 on the season, with all three losses coming to teams currently ranked in the top 25.
Indiana dropped the doubles point for the fifth straight match. The Hoosiers changed things up in the doubles line up to find a spark. Freshman John Stone moved up to No. 2 doubles with freshman Viktor Libal, and senior Petr Novotny went down to No. 3 doubles with sophomore Jakub Praibis. The change was not enough though as the Yellow Jackets won at the No. 1 and No. 3 spots.
Stone and Libal downed Menano and Pieters of Georgia Tech, 9-7, for the Hoosiers only win in doubles. It was the duo's first match as a team.
The match didn't get much better in singles for the Hoosiers as Georgia Tech won four of the six spots. The Yellow Jackets won at the No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 positions.
Sophomore Jakub Praibis got back into form after missing the Hoosiers last match with a thumb injury. Praibis upset No. 39 Roger Anderson in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3. He is now 6-3 against ranked opponents this season with Anderson being the highest ranked opponent Praibis has downed. Praibis is now 11-5 on the season and 9-3 during the spring.
The Hoosiers only other point came from sophomore Tommy Bagnato. The Manhasset, New York native has been hot as of late winning his last three matches, all in straight sets. Bagnato downed Marko Rajevac, 7-5, 6-4. He is 5-4 this season and 3-1 during the spring.
At No. 2 and No. 3 singles, freshman Viktor Libal and senior Petr Novotny look to be in their matches in the first sets. Both Hoosiers dropped their first sets in a tiebreaker and then fell in straight sets. Libal lost to No. 69 Scott Schnugg, 7-6 (3), 6-1 at the No. 2 spot. Novotny fell, 7-6 (7), 6-4, to Jason Pieters at No. 3.
The loss brought an end to the Hoosiers' seven-match road trip. Indiana will next be in action on Saturday, March 29 when they host No. 75 Penn State. The Hoosiers will then battle No. 26 Ohio State on Sunday, March 30 in Bloomington. Both matches are scheduled for 12:00 p.m.
No. 24 Georgia Tech 5, No. 21 Indiana 2
Singles 1) Jakub Praibis (IU) def. #39 Roger Anderson (GT) 6-4, 6-3
2) #69 Scott Schnugg (GT) def. Viktor Libal (IU) 7-6 (3), 6-1
3) Jason Pieters (GT) def. Petr Novotny (IU) 7-6 (7), 6-4
4) Joao Menano (GT) def. Zach Held (IU) 6-0, 6-4
5) West Nott (GT) def. Ryan Recht (IU) 6-4, 7-5
6) Tom Bagnato (IU) def. Marko Rajevac (IU) 7-5, 6-4