Men's Tennis

    Big Ten Road Trip Continues This Weekend

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Josh MacTaggart
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Josh MacTaggart
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 31, 2010

    The No. 41 Indiana Hoosiers enter the weekend with a 1-1 record in Big Ten play (10-4 overall). IU will look to add to the win column with two conference foes next up on the schedule. The Hoosiers will travel to West Lafayette, Ind., on Fri., April 2 to take battle with the rival Purdue Boilermakers (10-7, 0-2 Big Ten). Indiana then travels to Champaign, Ill., where they will play the No. 15 Illinois Fighting Illini (10-7, 2-0 Big Ten).

    Purdue enters the weekend coming off of two losses in three matches in Boise, Idaho. Indiana leads an all-time series with Purdue that has seen the Hoosiers prevail in 52 of 79 matches, with the two schools finishing in a tie in 1932. Indiana has won the last three meetings and four of the last five, although the Boilers did win six straight from 1999 to 2004.

    Illinois enters the weekend with seven losses, but six of those seven came at the hands of teams ranked in the top-ten nationally, with the seventh a loss to No. 23 Pepperdine. Illinois boasts three players ranked among the top-85 (No. 35 Dennis Nevolo, No. 57 Marek Czerwinski and No. 85 Abe Souza). The Hoosiers hold the series advantage at 44-40, although the Illini have had the Hoosiers number, winning the last 17 battles.

    The Hoosiers took their first Big Ten win of the season, defeating No. 45 Northwestern 6-1 on Sunday. Indiana lost only one singles match on the day and went undefeated in three doubles matches. Senior Lachlan Ferguson led the way picking up a win over No. 115 Joshua Graves at number one singles.

    Ferguson defeated Graves by a 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-8) final tally. He also joined forces with freshman Josh MacTaggart for an 8-7 (7-5) win at number one doubles.

    Indiana got straight-set wins from Santiago Gruter (No. 4) and Will Kendall (No. 6). Freshman Isade Juneau showed great resilience at number five. After failing to take a game in the first set, Juneau won the second set 6-1 and took the third set in a tiebreaker.




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