Hoosiers Travel To Michigan For Big Ten Matches
April 5, 2000 Hoosiers Travel To Michigan For Big Ten Matches
ON TAP...The Hoosiers (11-4, 3-2) will be on the road for Big Ten matches against Michigan and Michigan State. On Saturday, the Hoosiers will be in Ann Arbor, Michigan for a 1 p.m. match against Michigan. Last year, the Hoosiers lost to Michigan 4-3 in Bloomington. Indiana trails in the all-time series with an 11-41 record. On Sunday, the men's tennis team will face Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan at 1 p.m. Last year, the Hoosiers defeated Michigan State 5-2 in Bloomington. Indiana holds the all-time series with a 44-17 record.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN...The 21st-ranked Wolverines come into this weekend with a 8-3 record, while going 1-2 in the Big Ten. Last week, Michigan split a pair of Big Ten matches with a win over Northwestern 4-3 and a loss to 6th-ranked Illinois 6-1. The Wolverines are led by Matt Wright and John Long.
SCOUTING MICHIGAN STATE...The Spartans come into this weekend with a 5-14 record, while going 0-4 in the Big Ten. Last weekend, Michigan State lost a pair of Big Ten matches Northwestern 4-3 and 6th-ranked Illinois 5-2. The Spartans are led by Ivica Primorac and Robert Topalo.
HYDINGER ON THE WEEKEND... "We are 3-2 in the Big Ten, so we either come out of this 3-4 or we come out of this 4-3 or we come out of this 5-2. There is a huge swing of being 3-4 or 5-2 in the Big Ten. That is how important those matches are this week and they are both on the road. Michigan is a team that is ranked 20th in the country right now and has had some excellent results through the year. Michigan State just lost to Northwestern 4-3 and they are a very capable team that has not had their No. 1 player for a good portion of the year. We are playing them both on the road, so it is going to be a very important and challenging weekend. Like all Big Ten matches at this time of the year, we have to be very ready to play and have to be very focus. So it is an important weekend for us in determining our seed in the Big Ten Tournament."
HOOSIERS WIN PAIR OF 6-1 MATCHES...The Hoosiers went away for a pair of Big Ten matches last weekend and came home with two 6-1 victories. In victories over Iowa and Wisconsin, the Hoosier s won ten of the twelve singles matches and all six of the doubles matches.
IN THE RANKINGS...In the current ITA Rankings the Hoosiers remained ranked 34th in the nation. In Region IV, the Hoosiers are ranked 5th. Milan Rakvica moved back into the singles rankings at 86th and 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 4-4 against teams ranked in the top 75. The Hoosiers have picked up wins against #22 Notre Dame, #24 Harvard, #43 Ball State and #54 Wisconsin. Indiana has lost matches to #6 Illinois, #23 Kentucky, #52 Louisville and #61 Purdue.
SENIORS LEADING THE WAY...The Hoosiers seniors George McGill and Gabriel Montilla have shown senior leadership during the first 15 dual matches of the season. Montilla has played well at the No. 3 position posting a 11-4 record. He has also been solid in doubles, going 10-5 at the No. 1 position with junior Ian Arons. McGill missed the opening match, but now is the No. 4 player with an 11-2 record. In doubles, he has an overall dual record of 6-6 while playing with three different partners
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 10-4 in dual matches. Milan Rakvica lost a close match to 13th-ranked Cary Franklin of Illinois in a three-set tiebreaker and now is 5-9 at the No. 1 position. Ian Arons has also came on as of late at the No. 2 position. He is currently 9-6 on the dual match season.
SMILEY IN THREE...Sophomore Rahman is currently 8-5 in dual singles matches this season. He has also posted a 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 244-162-1, while going 107-82 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 310-207-1.
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