Hoosiers Take On Michigan State This Saturday
March 28, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University men's tennis team journeys to East Lansing on Saturday for a Big Ten match versus #70 Michigan State (11-6, 0-3 Big Ten), scheduled to begin at noon eastern time. #44 Indiana (11-4, 1-1) has won four straight over the Spartans and hold a 50-19 advantage in the all-time series with the last loss coming back in 2003.
"Michigan State is having a very solid year," said Head Coach Randy Bloemendaal. "Their home courts can be difficult to play on and they have a strong group of upperclassmen who always play well at home." (MSU has won 10 straight matches at home)
The Hoosiers have captured the doubles point in 13 of their first 15 doubles matches and will face a large challenge in that category on Saturday. Michigan State has a pair of doubles tandems nationally-ranked with Nick Rinks and Adam Monich slotted at 11th in the country while Alex Forger and Billy Gardner are 59th coming off a win over the 7th-ranked doubles team in their last match. Indiana's Peter Antons and Santiago Gruter have posted a 19-3 overall record together, including a 10-1 mark in dual matches.
"We had a very good week of practice to prepare for the match," said Bloemendaal. "Our guys should be ready for the challenge."
Four of IU's six singles starters have already amassed double-digit win totals through the first 15 duals. Michael McCarthy and Gruter lead the way with 11 singles W's apiece. McCarthy has not only racked up a high quantity of wins, but is also posting high quality wins. In each of the Hoosiers' four 4-3 wins this season, the Cincinnati native has provided one point with a win in his individual singles match. Three of those clutch team victories came against other nationally-ranked opponents in #30 North Carolina State, #47 Kentucky and #65 Southern Methodist.
Live match updates will be available for the match via the men's tennis schedule page on IUHoosiers.com.
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