Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Look to Get Back on Track, Derail the Boilers

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Guy Kubi
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Guy Kubi
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 26, 2009

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    With a Crimson and Gold Cup point on the line, the Hoosiers host the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday, March 28. A win by the Hoosiers paired with a win by the women’s tennis team in West Lafayette (also on Saturday) would clinch the Cup for IU, and it would be Indiana’s first win since 2005-06. The two schools split the points 10 to 10 last year.

    Purdue is 6-9 on the year and 0-3 in Big Ten play, and they are coming off of a 7-0 win over the Indiana State Sycamores. The Boilers are 1-6 against ranked opponents this season, with the one win coming over #73 Maryland on February 15.

    Indiana is 10-8 on the season, with all eight defeats at the hands of ranked opponents. The Hoosiers have taken out three ranked opponents this season. Indiana is 2-0 in conference play as well. Coming off a loss at #19 Louisville, the Hoosiers look to regain the form that saw them win five straight, including wins over #44 Northwestern, #19 Wisconsin and #43 Fresno State. IU has won the last two meetings with the Boilers and three of the last four.

    Riding a five-match win streak, the Hoosiers traveled to Louisville for a showdown with the #19 Cardinals. U of L proved to be a bit too much for the young Indiana squad. IU fell by a 6-1 tally, getting two victories out of freshman Stephen Vogl.

    Vogl was joined by sophomore Lachlan Ferguson in IU’s lone doubles victory. The pair took down Viktor Maksimcuk and Tim Barnoud at number two doubles, winning 8-5. Vogl added a win at number six singles, defeating Robert Rotaru 2-6, 6-2, 10-7.

    Freshman Will Kendall lost a tight match at number five singles to Robert Hall. After winning the first set 6-2, Hall stormed back for a 6-2 win of his own in the second set. They played a ten-game third-set tie breaker and Hall took it 10-7.

    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.

    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.

    After visiting playing rival Purdue, Indiana will host another conference foe in Illinois on March 31.




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