BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 56 Indiana men's tennis team (10-9, 4-2 Big Ten) will host a pair of Big Ten matches this weekend on the IU Varsity Tennis Courts. The Hoosiers will battle No. 55 Minnesota (6-10, 3-3) on Saturday, April 16, and Iowa (9-8, 1-5) on Sunday, April 17. Both contests are slated to begin at 11 a.m.
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***Cream and Crimson seniors Tom Bagnato, Jakub Praibis and Ryan Recht will play their final home tilts at IU this weekend. Praibis has posted over 60 singles wins during his Hoosier career, with a current total of 66, while Bagnato and Recht have each eclipsed the 40-win plateau with 44 and 43, respectively. Recht and Praibis have each notched over 50 doubles wins for their careers with 57 and 53, respectively.
***Praibis is three Big Ten wins away from tying Charles Wright (1986-89) for 10th place on the all-time IU list for conference singles victories with 23. Recht is three doubles conquests away from matching Mark Ableman (1992-95) for 11th place on the all-time doubles win list with 60.
***Praibis has been consistent for the Hoosiers over his four-year career, averaging at least 15 wins per campaign. He reached a career high this season by posting 20 wins. With a 17-5 mark in doubles, he is one victory away from equaling his career high from a year ago.
Tough Foes Highlight Schedule
The Hoosiers' spring schedule boasts eight opponents that appeared in the 2004 NCAA Championship. Of those eight challengers, seven rest in the top 30 of the current Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I team rankings. Virginia is ranked second, with Illinois third, while Kentucky is 12th. MTSU stands at 26, while Louisville, Notre Dame and Ohio State rest at 28th-30th, respectively.
Sixteen of the 22 spring opponents rank in the top 75, including eight combatants from the Big Ten.
Ranked Players Beware
Senior Jakub Praibis defeated his sixth ranked opponent of the spring when he bested Ohio State's Joey Atas, 53rd in the nation, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2, on April 9.
The fifth ranked prey of the dual season was then-No. 14 Kevin Anderson of Illinois. Anderson, who entered the match with an unblemished mark of 13-0, was downed in a three-set thriller, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Earlier in the season Praibis downed then-No. 77 Stephen Bass of then-No. 34 Notre Dame, 6-4, 7-5, on Jan. 22, and then-No. 68 Andreas Siljestrom of then-No. 54 Middle Tennessee State, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5, on Feb. 5. He also got the best of then-No. 82 Conor Taylor of 57 N.C. State, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5, on Feb. 13 and then-No. 124 Damar Johnson of Louisville, 6-3, 6-1, on Feb. 18.
Praibis has now beaten 13 ranked opponents for his career. He vanquished a pair last year and five as a sophomore.
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