Men's Tennis

    #16 Cardinals Next Up for Indiana

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

    March 21, 2009

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    Indiana takes on the Louisville Cardinals on March 25 in a border battle. The Cardinals come into the match ranked 16th in the country, and the Hoosiers are #52. Indiana is riding a five-match winning streak that includes three straight wins over ranked foes. The Cardinals have won four straight, with the most recent win over Old Dominion.

    Louisville boasts two nationally-ranked singles players in #40 Austen Childs and #85 Viktor Maksimcuk. Childs is 20-11 on the year and 11-3 in dual action, while Maksimcuk is 24-5 and 14-2 in dual action.In doubles action, Childs is joined by Simon Childs in making up the 11th ranked pair in the country. The duo is 25-6 on the year and 12-3 in dual action. The highlight of the season for U of L thus far is their 6-1 dismissal of then #13 Texas A&M on March 1.

    The Cardinals are led by head coach Rex Ecarma, a 1988 graduate of Louisville. Ecarma is in his 18th season as the head man at Louisville.

    LAST TIME OUT
    The Hoosiers continued their winning streak by taking down the #43 Fresno State Bulldogs on Tuesday. Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson led the way, defeating #55 Rudolf Siwy at number one singles and joining freshman Stephen Vogl in a win at number two doubles, en route to a 5-2 Indiana victory.

    Ferguson and Vogl were the first doubles match to finish up, winning 8-6. The Bulldogs evened it up by winning their own 8-6 match at number one doubles. Senior Peter Antons and freshman Maxime Armengaud put IU's first tally in the scorebook by clinching the doubles point with a 9-7 victory in the third flight. The Bulldogs never led in the meet.

    In singles action, the Bulldogs got back in it with wins at singles flights two and five. Ferguson and freshmen Jeremy Langer, Guy Kubi and Will Kendall then clinched the victory for Indiana with wins at one, three, four and six, respectfully.

    INDIANA TAKES DOWN FRESNO STATE
    The Hoosiers continued their winning streak by taking down the #43 Fresno State Bulldogs on Tuesday. Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson led the way, defeating #55 Rudolf Siwy at number one singles and joining freshman Stephen Vogl in a win at number two doubles, en route to a 5-2 Indiana victory.

    Ferguson and Vogl were the first doubles match to finish up, winning 8-6. The Bulldogs evened it up by winning their own 8-6 match at number one doubles. Senior Peter Antons and freshman Maxime Armengaud put IU's first tally in the scorebook by clinching the doubles point with a 9-7 victory in the third flight. The Bulldogs never led in the meet.

    In singles action, the Bulldogs tied it up quickly with a win by Tejesvi Veereplai at number five. Freshman Jeremy Langer grabbed the Hoosier lead back with a 6-4, 6-1 win at number three, only to have Mirko Zapletal take the second flight match and knot it back up.

    Freshmen Guy Kubi and Will Kendall and Ferguson then clinched the victory for Indiana with wins at four, six and one, respectfully. Ferguson's win came over Siwy, the 55th ranked player in the nation. It is the Adelaide, Australia native's fourth win over a ranked foe this season and the highest ranked opponent he has displaced since a Jan. 31 victory over then #42 Diego Cubas of South Carolina.

    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.

    LOOKING AHEAD...
    After visiting the Cardinals, the Hoosiers will host pair of home matches against rivals Purdue and Illinois on the March 28 and 31 respectfully.


     

     

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