Hoosiers Back Home For Big Ten Matches
April 11, 2000 Hoosiers Back Home For Big Ten Matches
ON TAP...The Hoosiers (13-4, 5-2) return home for Big Ten matches against Ohio State and Penn State. On Saturday, the Hoosiers face Ohio State at noon. Last year, the Hoosiers defeated Ohio State 5-2 in Columbus, Ohio. Indiana leads the all-time series with a 38-23 record. On Sunday, the men's tennis team will face Penn State at noon. Last year, the Hoosiers defeated Penn State 4-3 in University Park, Pennsylvania. Indiana leads the all-time series with a 6-4 record.
SCOUTING OHIO STATE...The 39th-ranked Buckeyes come into this weekend with a 10-7 record, while going 4-2 in the Big Ten. Last week, Ohio State split a pair of Big Ten matches with a win over Northwestern 4-3 and a loss to Illinois 6-1. The Buckeyes are led by the 34th-ranked doubles team of Andrew Carlson and Chris Porter.
SCOUTING PENN STATE...The Nittany Lions come into this weekend with a 9-8 record, while going 0-6 in the Big Ten. Last weekend, Penn State lost a pair of Big Ten matches to Northwestern 4-3 and Illinois 7-0. The Nittany Lions are led by Marc Dorfman and Steven van Der Westhuyzen.
HYDINGER ON THE WEEKEND... "Ohio State has got a very tough team. They are very talented at the top of their lineup and are capable at the bottom of their lineup. Their doubles just took the point from Illinois (the top team in the conference). We both have the same number of losses in the Big Ten. We have always had tough matches against Penn State. Their record is not as good as the other teams, but this team always plays hard and is fundamentally sound. If we can take two this weekend and beat Minnesota next weekend we have a good chance for the two seed in the Big Ten Tournament, which would be nice going in. We also want to keep momentum going into the tournament."
HOOSIERS EXTEND WIN-STREAK TO FOUR...The Hoosiers extended their Big Ten match winning streak to four with a pair of road wins. The Hoosiers began the weekend with a 5-2 victory over 20th-ranked Michigan in Ann Arbor. The Hoosiers won all three doubles matches to win the doubles point. Indiana then took four out of the six singles matches, including two three-set matches. The men concluded the weekend with a shutout win against Michigan State 7-0.
IN THE RANKINGS...In the current ITA Rankings the Hoosiers moved up four spots to 34th in the nation. In Region IV, the Hoosiers are ranked 5th. Milan Rakvica moved down 12 spots in the singles rankings to 98th and is currently ranked 24th in the Region in singles. In doubles, Ian Arons and Gabriel Montilla moved up 20 spots to be ranked at 35th in the country.
AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS...The men's tennis team is currently 5-4 against teams ranked in the top 75. The Hoosiers have picked up wins against #20 Michigan, #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.
MCGILL DOMINATES BIG TEN...Senior George McGill has continued his dominance in the Big Ten after going an undefeated last year. This year, McGill is 6-1 and over the past two years he has a 16-1 in singles matches.
NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP...After a slow start this year, sophomore Rahman Smiley has rebounded to post a five-match winning streak. He is currently 19-11 overall in singles matches and has a team leading 18 wins in doubles. Smiley has also been able to outlast his opponents in long matches, going 8-4 in three-set matches
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 12-4 in dual matches and has won four straight matches. Ian Arons has also come on as of late at the No. 2 position by posting wins in four straight matches. He is currently 11-6 on the dual match season. Milan Rakvica is 6-10 the No. 1 position.
KEY TO VICTORY...A key to the Hoosiers outstanding play lately has been the play of their doubles. During their current four-match winning streak, the Hoosiers have taken the doubles point in each match and have gone 12-0.
PROVIDING LEADERSHIP...The Hoosiers have seen some great tennis being played this season by senior Gabriel Montilla. He is currently second on the team with 12 dual singles victories and five Big Ten singles victories. He leads the team with 12 dual doubles victories and five Big Ten doubles victories.
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 246-162-1, while going 109-82 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 312-207-1.
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