Men's Tennis

    Indiana Hits The Road

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    News Update

    April 3, 2003

    Hoosiers Hit the Road For a Pair

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    Bloomington, Ind- The No. 28 Indiana Hoosiers will travel to Michigan where they will makes stops in both Ann Arbor to take on the No. 68 Michigan Wolverines on Saturday at 12:00 pm and East Lansing where they face Michigan State on Sunday at 12:00p.m.

    Indiana maintains a 14-46 all-time record against Michigan. Last season they suffered two losses to the Wolverines including one in regular season and one in the Big Ten Tourney.

    The Hoosiers dominate the all-time record against Michigan State 33-19 and are coming off a 4-3 victory over the Spartans last season.

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    Scouting Michigan

    The No. 68 ranked Wolverines comes into Saturdays match on a six game losing streak.

    Michigan's last time out they suffered a loss to Michigan State 5-2.Michigan (5-10, 0-5 Big Ten) remains winless in conference play. Against the Spartans they managed only two victories in singles action after surrendering a doubles point.
    The Hoosiers and the Wolverines have had four common opponents on the year with all of them being ranked (Notre Dame, Ball State, Penn State, and Ohio State).

    Scouting Michigan State

    The Michigan State Spartans enter Sunday's dual with an 11-9 overall record and 2-3 in Big Ten play. Michigan State is coming off a 5-2 victory over Michigan. At the 100th meeting of these two teams, Michigan State ended a 10-year and 12-match losing streak to the Spartans.

    The Spartans and the Hoosiers have both faced five common opponents on the year (Notre Dame, Louisville, Ball State, Penn State, and Ohio State). All five of these teams have been ranked nationally in the ITA Omni Hotels poll.

    Indiana's Last time Out

    Indiana dropped only is fourth match of the season to No.31 Ohio State 5-2. The No. 28 Hoosiers fell to 11-4 on the season, with all four losses coming to ranked opponents.

    After Jakub Praibis's straight set victory at the No. 2 position, the Buckeye lead remained 3-2. The last two matches remaining on the court were at the No. 3 and No. 6 positions. Indiana needed to win both matches to secure the victory.
    The Hoosiers led both matches in the third set, but ended up losing at the No.3 spot 6-4 and the No. 6 position 5-4.

    The Hoosiers also faced the Penn State Nittany lions where they came out on top 6-1. This victory snapped the No. 64 Nittany Lions eight-match winning streak.
    The only losses for the day came at the No.1 spots in both singles and doubles action.

    Praibis Ranked

    Sophomore Jakub Praibis moved into the 81st position in the ITA Omni Hotel poll released on March 26.

    Praibis' highest ranking is 63, which came on March 20.

    Praibis is now 6-3 against ranked opponents this season with Anderson being the highest ranked opponent has downed. He is now 12-6 on the season.

    Schedule Difficulty

    The Hoosiers have beaten seven ranked opponents in their first 12 matches, but the schedule does not get any easier. Eight of Indiana's 10 opponents are ranked in the ITA's top 75. Six of those eight are ranked in the top 50, including five in the top 30.

    Climbing the Rankings

    Hoosiers are currently ranked 28th by the ITA Omni Hotels poll.
    After suffering though last season with a 7-16 record Indiana began the season on the outside looking in as they were not ranked. With wins over ranked opponents, the Hoosiers slowly began to move up the charts.

    Turn Around

    Last season, Indiana suffered through its worst season since 1994. In 2002, Indiana went 7-16 overall, 1-9 in the Big Ten and lost 12 straight before ending the regular season with a victory.

    2003 has been a polar opposite to last season as Indiana has won its first eight matches and is currently 10-3. They also doubled their Big Ten wins from a year ago as they started out the Big Ten 2-0.

    Indiana not only jumped out to an 8-0 record, but also won five of those matches over ranked opponents. The Hoosiers only three losses have come to teams ranked in the top 35 at the time of play (No. 9 Kentucky, No. 26 Vanderbilt, and No. 24 Georgia Tech, No. 31 Ohio State).


     

     

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