Men's Tennis Hosts Minnesota & Wisconsin
April 12, 2012
Indiana men's tennis (16-7, 4-3, ranked No. 31) returns home for three matches this weekend after two weeks on the road. IU hosts No. 40 Minnesota on Saturday at Noon and Wisconsin on Sunday at noon. The Hoosiers complete the weekend with a 6 p.m. Sunday battle with in-state team, Depauw.
The Hoosiers, coming off of two wins will face off with a hungry team of Gophers, reeling after losses in three of their last four matches. Minnesota is 9-6 on the season and 4-3 in Big Ten play. They are led by Leandro Toledo, who is ranked No. 78 nationally in singles, and Rok Bonin and Julian Dehn, who are the 21st-ranked doubles tandem in Division I.
IU and Minnesota have played five times in the past three seasons, with two matchups coming in the Big Ten tournament. In those five matches, the win has gone to a different team each time they've played. Minnesota won the last meeting, in the 2011 Big Ten Tournament, which means history would be on the Hoosiers side.
Wisconsin comes to town with a 9-10 record and at 1-6 in the Big Ten. They are led by Fredrik Ask and Billy Bertha, the 29th best doubles tandem in the country this season. Similar to the Minnesota series, the Hoosiers and Badgers have alternated wins in their last four meetings. IU took a 4-3 victory in Madison last year, and the Hoosiers will look to beat the unranked Badgers at home this year to end that pattern.
Depauw comes to Bloomington for the first time since 2006-07. The series between the Hoosiers and the Tigers dates back to 1933, and the Hoosiers have a 30-11-1 advantage. The last win for the Tigers in the series came in 1947.
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