Men's Tennis

    Purdue Showdown Saturday

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 57 Indiana men's tennis team (7-8, 1-1 Big Ten) will host in-state rival No. 68 Purdue (3-6, 0-1) on Saturday, March 26. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m., and weather permitting, it will be played on the IU Varsity Tennis Courts.

    Purdue owns a nine-match winning streak over Indiana. The Hoosiers will look to garner their first win over the Boilermakers since a 5-2 conquest on April 8, 1995. Prior to the Boilers nine-match winning streak, the Cream and Crimson claimed nine-straight in the series. The Hoosiers lead the all-time match-up 49-31-2.

    Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger, seniors Jakub Praibis and Ryan Recht, along with junior John Stone spoke with IUHOOSIERS.com after practice on Thursday. Below are some excerpts from the interviews:

    Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger

    On the Purdue match:

    KH:
    "It's a Big Ten match and they are an in-state rival. It gets down to playing tennis and controlling the things that you can control. We can just hit one shot at a time and do it to the best of our abilities. We want to give 100 percent on the physical, emotional and mental level. If we do those things, we will play good tennis, if we don't, then we won't have a good match."

    On the Purdue rivalry:

    KH
    : "I respect Purdue. We have a clean rivalry with them. They have been honest people that we have played in the past. This has not been a dirty rivalry in anyway. I know they are going to come out and play hard on Saturday. I'm looking forward to good tennis this weekend."

    On the transition from indoor to outdoor courts:

    KH:
    "When you play inside, it's like you are in a vacuum tube. Its like you are playing baseball and you are throwing just fastballs. When you get outside, you have to deal with the elements. Each day the weather can be different and you have to make the adjustments.

    Senior Jakub Praibis

    On the Purdue match this weekend:

    JP:
    "All the matches have been pretty close, especially last year. We have been unlucky the last couple of years. We have lost the last nine times, so it would be nice to break that streak. We have been playing well and we want to go out and do our best."

    Senior Ryan Recht

    On the Purdue match this weekend:

    RR:
    "Every Big Ten match means something. Whether you beat Penn State, Illinois or Purdue it still counts as one win. Every conference match is important, but it's Purdue, and that makes it even more important."

    On the transition from indoor to outdoor courts

    RR:
    "Outdoor is very different, especially on our courts. Our indoor courts are lightning fast, but our outdoor courts are very slow. We have both extremes here, and it's nice to be able to work on both. Outdoors you have to work a lot harder on points and be more patient."

    On recent play of he and junior John Stone at No. 1 doubles:

    RR
    : "I think that we are over the hump. We lost a lot of matches just by one break. We knew that we were in all of those matches; it was just a matter of making an extra ball. We are playing with more consistency now and making a lot more balls. It has given us a chance to win more matches and we have taken advantage of that."

    Junior John Stone

    On the Purdue match this weekend:

    JS:
    "When we came back from spring break we practiced really well. The team is playing really well, and we feel more comfortable out on the courts this season. They are going to be a tough opponent. It's IU-Purdue. They are going to pumped up for it and we have to come out ready to play."

    On the transition from indoor to outdoor courts

    JS:
    "The outdoor courts are a lot slower. It's harder to put away balls and you need to move your feet more. The elements play a factor as well, the wind and the sun. Indoors, you can hit a big serve or a big forehand and the point is over. Outdoors, you hit a big serve, it's definitely coming back. You have to grind a lot more for points."

    On recent play of he and senior Ryan Recht at No. 1 doubles:

    JS:
    "We have been close all year. We were just one break point away in a lot of matches. We knew we would get a break a sooner or later. We played really well at Kentucky and picked up three matches last weekend. We are a lot more confident right now."


     

     

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