Bloomington, Ind.- The Indiana men's tennis team broke out of a two match funk with a 6-1 win over streaking Penn State. The win snapped the 64th ranked Nittany Lions eight-match winning streak. The No. 23 Hoosiers are now 11-3 on the season and 3-0 in the Big Ten.
"I was really pleased with our intensity today," Indiana interim head coach Matt Pledger said. "We did a lot better job of playing hard from beginning to end. In our last couple of matches, we have not done that. We were intense from the very first point of the doubles, and I was happy with that. I still think we can play a lot better because we didn't play nearly as well as we did earlier this season."
Indiana also broke another streak on the day as they won the doubles point for the first time in six matches. The Hoosiers did so by winning at the No. 2 and No. 3 position. The No. 2 and No. 3 doubles spots were changed around last match to get a spark and the Hoosiers go it on Saturday.
Sophomore Jakub Praibis and senior Petr Novotny won in only their second match together as a team, 8-4, over Penn State's Mark Barry and Nate Emge. The win upped the duo's mark to 1-1 on the season.
At the No. 2 spot, freshmen John Stone and Viktor Libal had to rally from down a break at 6-3 to claim the win. The duo came back to clinch the doubles point for IU with a 9-7 decision over Malcolm Scatliffe and Brad Nudell. The duo is a perfect 2-0 on the season.
Sophomore Ryan Recht and Libal upped the Hoosier lead to 3-0 with convincing wins at the No. 6 and No. 2 singles, respectively. Recht downed Matt Frakes in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3. The win was Recht's 11th on the season tying him for the team lead with fellow classmate Jakub Praibis.
Libal snapped a personal two-match losing streak with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Mark Barry at the No. 2 singles spot. The win upped his overall mark to 10-9, while he is also 7-3 at the No. 2 singles position.
Senior Zach Held clinched the team victory for the Hoosiers with a straight sets, 6-3, 6-3, win over Roddy Cantey. The win also snapped a two-match drought for Held, who upped his overall record to 9-5. After playing most of the season at the No. 4 position, Held moved up to No. 3 for the first time this season and picked up the win.
Sophomore Tommy Bagnato continued to roll for the Hoosiers as he won at the No. 5 position. The win was his fourth straight and upped his overall record to 6-4 on the season. Bagnato downed Clint Keithly in straight sets, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
Senior Petr Novotny had to come from behind to pick up the Hoosiers final point of the afternoon as he dropped the first set to Malcolm Scatliffe, 6-4. Novotny was able to rebound to win the second 6-4 before claiming the super tiebreaker 10-7. The win improved Novotny's record to 9-5 this season.
On a down note for the Hoosiers, sophomore Jakub Praibis had to retire in the second set of his match against Nate Emge. He aggravated a thumb injury that kept him out of the Hoosiers' match-up with No. 9 Kentucky. Praibis is 11-6 on the year.
The Hoosiers will return to action tomorrow when they host the 31st ranked Buckeyes of Ohio State. The Buckeyes come in with a 13-4 record and an identical 3-0 mark in the Big Ten. The match is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. at either the Indiana Tennis Center or the Varsity Tennis Courts depending on the weather.
No. 23 Indiana 6, No. 64 Penn State 1
Singles 1) Nate Emge (PSU) def. Jakub Praibis (IU) 7-6 (3), 2-1 retire
2) Viktor Libal (IU) def. Mark Barry (PSU) 6-4, 6-3
3) Zach Held (IU) def. Roddy Cantey (PSU) 6-3, 6-3
4) Petr Novotny (IU) def. Malcolm Scatliffe (PSU) 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-7)
5) Tommy Bagnato (IU) def. Clint Keithly (PSU) 7-6 (5), 6-4
6) Ryan Recht (IU) def. Matt Frakes (PSU) 6-2, 6-3