Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Hit the Road for Conference Pair

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Michael McCarthy and the Indiana men's tennis team travel to Iowa and No. 38 Minnesota for a pair of Big Ten matches.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Michael McCarthy and the Indiana men's tennis team travel to Iowa and No. 38 Minnesota for a pair of Big Ten matches.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 13, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 64 Indiana men's tennis team will hit the road for a pair of Big Ten contests over the weekend. The Hoosiers will battle Iowa on Friday, April 14, at 12:30 p.m., at the West Campus Tennis and Recreational Center. IU will then travel to Minneapolis, Minn., to take on the No. 38 Gophers at noon on Saturday, April 15, at the Baseline Tennis Center.

    It will be the first time the Hoosiers have traveled since a March 27 victory over then-No. 39 Penn State (6-1). The Hoosiers are 3-4 on the road this season, while Iowa is 3-2 at home and Minnesota is 1-3 on its home turf.

    Scouting Iowa
    Iowa enters its match with the Hoosiers as the lone winless team in the Big Ten (0-6). The Hawkeyes are 5-10 overall on the season, but have lost their last seven matches. The matchup with IU will be the first home contest for Iowa since March 24 against Ohio State.

    The Hawkeyes own victories over Northern Illinois (6-1), Cleveland State (7-0), Wisconsin-Green Bay (7-0), at DePaul (6-1) and at Nicholls State (4-3). Iowa is coming off Big Ten road losses at Wisconsin (6-1) and at Northwestern (7-0).

    Bart van Monsjou is the Hawkeyes No. 1 singles player. He has a singles mark of 10-15 on the year. Christian Bierich owns the top singles record for Iowa at No. 3 singles position with a record of 16-13 overall. J.P. Ritchie, who plays No. 2 singles, has the most dual-match wins with seven for the Hawkeyes. Ritchie and Brett Taylor comprised Iowa's No. 1 doubles team, which has 11 victories on the season.

    The Hoosiers are 42-15 all-time against the Hawkeyes. Indiana defeated Iowa in Bloomington, 6-1, on April 17, 2005, and has won the last three meetings between the two schools. The last Iowa victory in the series came in Iowa City, 4-3, during the 2002-03 season.

    Scouting Minnesota
    The Gophers wrapped up a four-match Big Ten road trip in perfect fashion with victories over Northwestern (5-2) and Wisconsin (5-2). Minnesota went 4-0 during the trip and improved to 11-9 overall and 5-1 in Big Ten play. The Gophers will host Penn State on April 14 at the Baseline Tennis Center before taking on the Hoosiers. Minnesota is ranked No. 38 in the ITA/Fila Rankings released on April 11.

    Aside from the Big Ten slate, the Hoosiers and Gophers have a pair of common opponents in Louisville and Middle Tennessee State. Both teams were 0-2 against the group with IU falling to the Cardinals, 6-1, and MTSU, 5-2, while the Gophers lost both matches by scores of 5-2.

    Nic Edlefsen leads Minnesota with 20 singles victories on the season. He has played at the top of the Gopher lineup, primarily at the No. 3 slot. D.J. Geatz holds the No. 1 singles position for Minnesota. He is 18-12 overall this season, including an 11-9 mark during the dual-match campaign. Geatz and Edlefsen were ranked the in the latest ITA singles rankings at No. 59 and No. 121, respectively. Adrien Debreyne and Raoul Schwark comprise the top doubles team for the Gophers. The duo is 8-10 on the season.

    Minnesota owns the edge in the all-time series with IU at 38-23. The Gophers have won the last 13 matches in the series, including a 4-3 decision in Bloomington last season. IU has not defeated Minnesota since Feb. 21, 1997. The last time the Hoosiers won in Minneapolis was April 6, 1985.

    Moving on Up
    The Hoosiers moved up two spots to No. 64 in the ITA/Fila Rankings released on April 11. Indiana made an appearance in the rankings for the second consecutive week after returning to the poll for the first time in over a month at No. 66 on April 4. It was the first appearance in the poll since IU fell from the rankings on March 1.

    Indiana's highest ranking this season was No. 60. IU earned that ranking on three occasions, including the first poll of the season on Jan. 10. The Hoosiers were also No. 60 on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14.

    Streaking Kenner
    Senior Neil Kenner has been on a tear recently for the Hoosiers, winning his last six singles matches at the No. 4 position. In the Hoosiers' match against No. 4 Ohio State on April 7, the Dallas, Texas, native claimed the lone point for IU with a three-set victory over Ross Wilson, 6-4, 2-6, 10-8. He rallied from a 5-3 deficit to claim the third-set super tiebreaker. Kenner has not lost a match since March 15.

    The streak is his longest this season and tied a career-long. He won six straight in 2004-05 from March 19 through April 3. With the victories, he improved to 15-9 overall this season. The 15 singles victories tie a career high for Kenner, who had 15 as a sophomore in 2003-04. He owns the Hoosiers' top Big Ten singles mark this season with a 4-2 mark.

     

     

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