Men's Tennis

    Buckeyes, Nittany Lions Next Up for Hoosiers

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 8, 2009

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    The Hoosiers are back to .500 for the season and in conference play. Next up for IU is a weekend slate that includes #3 Ohio State and #61 Penn State. Ohio State is 23-1 on the season, with the lone loss coming to #4 Tennessee. The Buckeyes have dismissed 15 ranked opponents on the season, including wins over #7 Baylor, #9 UCLA, and #11 Illinois. OSU boasts six ranked singles players. Bryan Koniecko is the fourth-ranked player nationally, and Steven Moneke is #8. Indiana holds the series lead over the Buckeyes, but Ohio State has won the last seven meetings, including a 1-6 win in 2008.

    Penn State comes in ranked #61. They are coming off a road trip to the state of Michigan that saw them defeat the Spartans and drop one to the Wolverines. The Nittany Lions have only two wins over ranked opponents this season. Indiana has an 11-8 advantage in the all-time series with PSU, but the Nittany Lions have taken the last two, with the most recent being a 2-5 decision in 2008.

    With the Big Ten Tournament just two weekends away, the matchup with the Nittany Lions should have some bearing on the tournament seeding, as both teams sit at 3-3 in Big Ten action.

    The Hoosiers dropped their third straight match on Sunday, falling to the Iowa Hawkeyes. After taking the doubles point, the Hoosiers were unable to catch their footing in singles action, getting only one singles win, from freshman Jeremy Langer, en route to a 5-2 Iowa win.

    Langer and sophomore Santiago Gruter took their number one singles match 8-3. Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson and freshman Stephen Vogl won at number two doubles to close out the doubles point.

    Langer took his match at number three singles. He blanked Nikita Zotov in the first set, winning 6-0 and held on in the second set for the win. Zotov fought back to force a tiebreaker in the second set. Langer won the tiebreaker for a 7-6 second-set victory.

    Indiana fell to 3-2 in the Big Ten after a 6-1 loss at Minnesota. The match was the first Big Ten road test for the young team. The lone Hoosier win came from freshman Will Kendall.

    Kendall took down Julian Dehn at number six singles. The freshman won by a 6-3, 6-4 score. The Short Hills, N.J., native notched his 25th singles victory of the year, which leads all Hoosiers.

    Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson lost a hard fought battle at number one singles. After dropping the first set 6-1 to #60 Ishay Hadash, Ferguson battled back to take a 7-6 win in the second set. In the final set tiebreaker, Hadash won 10-7.

    The #12 Illinois men's tennis team came to town and proved to have too much fire power 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 moved to a 3-0 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 tie breaker and Hall took it 10-7.

    After hosting the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions, the Hoosiers will spend two straight weekends in the state of Michigan. After squaring off with the Michigan State Spartans on April 18 and the Michigan Wolverines on April 19, the Hoosiers will return to Ann Arbor for the Big Ten Tournament from April 23 through the 26th.




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