Hoosiers Away For Matches Against Iowa and Wisconsin
March 29, 2000 Hoosiers Away For Matches Against Iowa and Wisconsin
ON TAP...The Hoosiers (9-4, 1-2) will be on the road for Big Ten matches against Iowa and Wisconsin. On Saturday, the Hoosiers will be in Iowa City, Iowa for an 11:30 a.m. match against Iowa. Last year, the Hoosiers defeated Iowa 6-1 in Bloomington. Indiana leads the all-time series with a 38-13 record. On Sunday, the men's tennis team will face Wisconsin in Madison at noon. Last year, the Hoosiers defeated Wisconsin 5-2 in Bloomington. Indiana holds the all-time series with a 34-22 record.
SCOUTING IOWA...The Hawkeyes come into this weekend with a 6-6 record, while going 1-1 in the Big Ten. Last weekend, Iowa opened its Big Ten season with a win over Penn State 5-2 and a loss to Ohio State 6-1. The Hawkeyes are led by junior Tyler Cleveland and freshman Stuart Waters.
SCOUTING WISCONSIN...The 54th-ranked Badgers come into this weekend with a 6-6 record, while going 1-1 in the Big Ten. Last week, Wisconsin opened the Big Ten season up with a win over Penn State 4-3 and a loss to Ohio State 4-3. The Badgers are led by Danny Westerman and David Chang.
HYDINGER ON THE WEEKEND... "Iowa and Wisconsin are a two game road trip and we need to win them both to get a good seed in the Big Ten Tournament. We are capable of winning both of them, but they have always played us tough up there and they are capable teams. We have to be focused and expect the best they have to give us and ned to be ready to fight hard. We have to be at full mental capability this weekend and need to be ready to play."
HOOSIERS FALL TO ILLINI...The Hoosiers dropped a close 5-2 match to the 6th-ranked Fighting Illini last Saturday. Indiana opened by dropping the doubles point. In singles, it split the first four matches, before losing the last two in three-sets.
IN THE RANKINGS...In the current ITA Rankings the Hoosiers moved up one spot to be ranked 34th in the nation. In Region IV, the Hoosiers are ranked 5th. Milan Rakvica moved back into the singles rankings at 86th...is currently ranked 24th in the Region in singles. In doubles the team of Rakvica and Rahman Smiley moved up one spot to 43rd in the country and 11th in the Region. Ian Arons and Gabriel Montilla moved down eight spots to be ranked at 55th in the country.
AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS...The men's tennis team is currently 3-4 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 #6 Ilinois, #23 Kentucky, #52 Louisville and #61 Purdue.
SENIORS LEADING THE WAY...Montilla, has shown senior leadership during the first 13 dual matches of the season. Montilla has played well at the No. 3 position posting a 9-4 record. He has also been solid in doubles, going 8-5 at the No. 1 position with junior Ian Arons. McGill missed the opening match, but now is the No. 4 player with an 9-2 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 8-4 in dual matches. Milan Rakvica lost a close match to 13th-ranked Cary Franklin of Illinois in a three-set tiebreaker and now is 5-7 at the No. 1 position. Ian Arons has also came on as of late at the No. 2 position. He is currently 7-6 on the dual match season.
SMILEY IN THREE...After losing two straight three-set matches, sophomore Rahman Smiley posted a three-set victory over Matt Snyder of Illinois on Saturday. Rahman is currently 6-5 in dual singles matches this season. He is 6-5 in three-set matches through the entire year.
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 242-162-1, while going 104-82 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 308-207-1.
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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