Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Face Tough Test In 6th-Ranked Illinois

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    March 22, 2000

    Hoosiers Face Tough Test In 6th-Ranked Illinois

    ON TAP...The Hoosiers (9-3, 1-1) will return to Big Ten action with a home match against 6th-ranked Illinois on Saturday at 12:00 p.m. Last year, the Hoosiers lost a 5-2 to the Illini in Champaign, Illinois. Indiana holds the all-time series lead with a 43-25 record.
    SCOUTING ILLINOIS...The 5th-ranked Illini come into the match this weekend with a 9-3 record, while going 1-0 in the Big Ten. Last weekend, the Illini took a share of the Blue-Gray championship with Fresno State. To reach the finals, Illinois defeated UNLV 4-2 and Southern Methodist 5-2. It is currently 4-3 against teams in the top 20 in the nation. The Illini are led by senior Cary Franklin who is currently ranked 13th in the ITA rankings and the doubles team of senior Jeff Laski and sophomore Jamal Parker , who are ranked 12th in the ITA rankings.
    SUCCESSFUL ROAD TRIP...The Hoosiers spent spring break with three away matches. The opened with a close loss to 23rd-ranked Kentucky 5-2. After that loss, the Hoosiers rebounded to win the following two matches. Indiana defeated 24th-ranked Harvard 5-2 in Lexington, Kentucky before travelling to Nashville, Tennessee to pick up a win against Vanderbilt 5-2.
    IN THE RANKINGS...In the current ITA Rankings the Hoosiers move down seven spots to be ranked 35th in the nation. In Region IV, the Hoosiers are ranked 5th. Milan Rakvica is currently ranked 24th in the Region in singles. In doubles the team of Rakvica and Rahman Smiley dropped three spots to 44th in the country and 11th in the Region. Ian Arons and Gabriel Montilla entered the rankings for the first time this year at 47th.
    AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS...The men's tennis team is currently 3-3 against teams ranked in the top 75. The Hoosiers have picked up wins against #22 Notre Dame, #24 Harvard and #43 Ball State. Indiana has lost matches to SENIORS LEADING THE WAY...Montilla, have shown senior leadership during the first twelve dual matches of the season. Montilla has played well at the No. 3 position posting a 9-3 record. He has also been solid in doubles, going 8-4 at the No. 1 position with junior Ian Arons. McGill missed the opening match, but now is the No. 4 player with an 8-2 record.
    JUNIOR PLAY...The Hoosiers have three juniors in the starting singles lineup and all have played well lately. Paul Jacobson has been solid all season long at the No. 5 position. He is currently on a four match-winning streak and has gone 8-2 in dual matches. Milan Rakvica bounced back from some tough losses this season with two big wins over Joe Green of Harvard and 29th-ranked Andrew Nisker of Vanderbilt. Ian Arons has also came on as of late at the No. 2 position. He is currently 6-5 on the dual match season and has won two straight matches.
    REACHING MILESTONES...Jacobson reached his 60th career singles victory...Rakvica reached his 50th career singles victory...Sophomore Rahman Smiley reached 30 career wins in both singles and doubles.
    HYDINGER WINS 300TH...with the Hoosiers win over Notre Dame, head coach Ken Hydinger picked up his 300th career victory. Hydinger is currently in his 16th season as the Head Coach of the men's tennis team. He has a overall record of 242-161-1, while going 104-81 in the Big Ten. Coach Hydinger has been a coach at the collegiate level for 21 years, coaching at Southwest Missouri State and Mississippi State before coming to Indiana. In his 20 years of coaching he has a record of 308-206-1.
    ACCESSING IU SPORTS...All information about Indiana Men's Tennis can be accessed on the web. Just go to http://www.athletics.indiana.edu and click on Men's Tennis.

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