Scouting Minn & Iowa
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.
Scouting The Foes:
Minnesota (6-10, 3-3) is coming off a 4-3 home win over then-No. 30 Rice on April 10. The Gophers lost their previous two outings to Northwestern, 4-3, on April 9, and Wisconsin, 7-0, on April 10.
Senior Avery Ticer is ranked 34th among singles players in the latest ITA individual standings. He has posted a singles record of 20-6 this year. Ticer and freshman Adrien Debreyne rest 36th among doubles teams.
Former professional tennis player David Wheaton was named the interim head coach on March 2.
Indiana and Minnesota share four common opponents this year in Northwestern, Ohio State, Virginia and Wisconsin. IU is 2-2 against the foursome, while the Maroon and Gold is 0-4. IU earned wins against both Northwestern and Wisconsin.
The Gophers have won 23 of the last 24 meetings in the series. The Hoosiers last won, 4-3, at home in 1997.
Iowa (9-8, 1-5) will play at Penn State on Friday, March 15, before traveling to Bloomington. The Hawkeyes have struggled as of late, dropping their last six contests.
Junior Chaitu Malempati has played all 17 matches this spring at the No. 1 position, while fellow classmate Kyle Markam has played the same amount at the No. 2 slot. Brett Taylor has the best record of 2005, 13-3, with a majority of time at the No. 6 spot.
Steve Houghton is in his 24th season as the head coach of Iowa.
The Hoosiers and the Hawkeyes have five common opponents. Indiana is 4-1 against the quintet, while Iowa is 3-2. Both teams bested Butler, Toledo and Wisconsin, while IU picked up its fourth win versus Northwestern, and each fell to Ohio State.
Indiana leads the all-time series 40-15 over the Hawkeyes. The Cream and Crimson has captured nine of the last 11 meetings, including a 7-0 win last season in Bloomington.
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