Men's Tennis

    Young Hoosiers Ready For First Big Ten Road Trip

    Go Hoosiers! Freshman Jeremy Langer
    Go Hoosiers!
    Freshman Jeremy Langer
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 1, 2009

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    With both teams at 3-1 in conference play, the battle between the Hoosiers and the Golden Gophers should be a good one. The No. 33 Golden Gophers hold a series advantage over the Hoosiers. In 64 all-time meetings, the Hoosiers have won 25. Minnesota is coming off a 7-0 loss to the #5 Ohio State Buckeyes. Indiana won the last meeting with the Gophers, taking a 4-3 win in Minneapolis.

    Iowa enters the meeting with the Hoosiers ranked 64th in the country. The Hawkeyes are 10-4 on the year and 2-2 in the Big Ten. Iowa has lost two straight, to Ohio State and #51 Penn State, and they play the #12 Illini on April 3, prior to the meeting with the Hoosiers. Indiana leads the all-time series with Iowa 45-16. Iowa stole a 4-3 match in the last meeting between the two teams, a match played in Iowa City.

    The Hoosiers are coming off a 6-1 loss to #12 Illinois and have lost two of three since going on a five-match win streak. Since March 1, Indiana is 3-2 against ranked opponents, with both losses coming to top-20 teams (Louisville and Illinois). Indiana was 6-2 in the month of March.

    The #12 Illinois men's tennis team came to town and proved to have too much firepower for a young Hoosiers team. Freshman Jeremy Langer scored IU's only win on the day taking down a ranked player, posting the lone Indiana point in a 6-1 loss.

    Langer got his first career win over a ranked foe, defeating #42 Roy Kalmanovich at number three singles. Langer jumped out to an early lead and carried the first set 6-3. He broke Kalmanovich's serve twice to open the second set 3-0 and went on to take the set 6-4.

    Illinois took all three doubles matches for the doubles point, and the Illini won the other five singles bouts. Sophomores Lachlan Ferguson and Santiago Gruter both fell to ranked foes, but neither went down without a fight. Ferguson made the second set a difficult one for #39 Dennis Nevolo, forcing a set tiebreaker, which went to Nevolo 8-6. Gruter did the same forcing a tiebreaker in the first set, which he dropped 8-6.

    The Hoosiers maintained their unblemished conference record with a win over rival Purdue on Saturday. Led by stellar play from sophomore Santiago Gruter and freshman Stephen Vogl, the Hoosiers led from beginning to end for a 5-2 victory.

    Gruter and freshman Jeremy Langer won a marathon doubles match to seal the doubles point in Indiana's favor. The match with Branko Kuzmanovic and P.J. Rose went back and forth until it reached an 8-8 tie. The Hoosiers took the match in the tiebreaker, winning 9-7.

    Gruter won his number two singles match in straight sets. Each of the other five singles contests went to three sets. Gruter beat Kuzmanovic again in singles action, taking a 6-3, 6-2 decision.

    Vogl continued his solid play, winning at number one doubles with sophomore Lachlan Ferguson and a number six singles. Vogl took singles and doubles victories at Louisville in the IU's last outing. Vogl won his singles match in three sets, taking out Thomas Wilson 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. In doubles, Ferguson and Vogl took a win to help IU take the doubles point. They defeated Slavko Bijelica and Griff Nienberg 8-4.

    Up 3-2, freshman Will Kendall sealed the deal with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win at number five singles. The Short Hills, N.J., native leads Indiana in singles wins on the year. Ferguson closed out the match with a win of his own at number one singles. The Australia product defeated Bijelica 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-5.

    IU moves to 11-8 on the season and 3-0 in conference action, while the Boilers fall to 6-10 and 0-4 in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers have now won six of their last seven matches.

    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 tiebreaker 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.

    After a road trip to Minnesota and Iowa, the Hoosiers return to Bloomington to host a pair of Big Ten duals. On Friday, April 10, the Hoosiers will host #5 Ohio State, and on Sunday, April 12, Indiana hosts the #51 Nittany Lions of Penn State.




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