Rivalry Road Trip, IU Travels to Purdue and Illinois
April 11, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #38 Indiana University men's tennis team (13-6, 3-3 Big Ten) hit the road this weekend after hosting three straight matches last week. Its rivalry week for the Hoosiers as they head up to West Lafayette for a showdown with the #75 Boilermakers of Purdue (8-10, 2-4) before continuing play on Sunday at #16 Illinois (13-6, 5-1).
"Purdue is a very dangerous team for us for a number of reasons," said Head Coach Randy Bloemendaal. "Home court advantage and solid doubles play at home will make Purdue a tough opponent."
"Illinois is one of the top teams in the country" added Bloemendaal. "The top of their singles and doubles line-up is very solid."
Illinois was the NCAA runner-up a season ago and have three individuals ranked in the nation's top-100 currently. The Hoosiers hold the advantage in both all-time series, leading the Fighting Illini 44-26 and over Purdue, 50-26-1.
"We have had a solid week of practice, as we continue to overcome some sickness and injuries I believe the team is showing signs of a breakthrough," said Bloemendaal.
CREEPING UP ON THE RECORD BOOKS
DOUBLES, NO TROUBLES
Peter Antons and Santiago Gruter lead the way with an 11-4 record this spring. They are 20-6 overall as partners, including a doubles championship at the University of Louisville Invitational in the fall.
Head Coach Randy Bloemendaal swapped partners for the top two doubles tandems a few weeks ago, and the results have been very positive. During the recent stretch, Phillip Eilers and Lachlan Ferguson have manned the No. 1 doubles slot, going 5-3, while Dara McLoughlin and Thomas Richter have played second doubles and won seven of eight contests.
DEPTH IS KEY
BIG TEN DOING BIG THINGS
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