April 15, 2009
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Sitting at .500 on the season and in conference play, the Hoosiers head to the state of Michigan for a pair of Big Ten battles. First up are the Spartans of Michigan State. Losers of 10 straight, the Spartans haven’t won a conference match in 2009. MSU has one win over a team ranked in the top 100 on the season. IU has a commanding lead in the all-time series, holding a 51-19 advantage. The Hoosiers have won the last five and nine of the last 10 meetings with Michigan State.
After the meeting in East Lansing, Indiana heads to Ann Arbor to tame the Wolverines. Michigan is ranked #48 in the country and sits at 10-13 and 4-4 in Big Ten action. Michigan is coming off of wins over Purdue and Michigan State, and the Wolverines have won four of their last five. In the all-time series, Michigan holds a 50-14 advantage, but the Hoosiers took the 2008 meeting, 5-2.
LAST TIME OUT
Indiana got behind early against Penn State on Sunday, but the Hoosiers wouldn’t stay down for long. After dropping the doubles point, the Hoosiers found themselves in a bit of a hole. The Hoosiers battled and fought their way back in each match. Singles wins from freshmen Maxime Armengaud, Stephen Vogl and Jeremy Langer as well as sophomore Lachlan Ferguson got IU a 4-3 victory.
Down 3-2 with only Langer and Ferguson left on the courts, Indiana needed both matches for the win. At number three singles, Langer battled through flu-like symptoms to pull out a third-set victory in a match that was close the whole way through. Langer dropped the first set in a tiebreaker after leading 6-5. He faced the same situation in the second set, but this time he closed it out for a 7-5 win. Langer then convincingly took the final set 6-2.
With that momentum, Ferguson won his second set 7-5 as well to force a third frame of his own. Just like Langer, Ferguson took control of his number one singles match and didn’t let up in the third for a 6-2 win. Both Langer and Ferguson won their matches by an identical score, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2.
Armengaud’s match squared things up at one all. He won his first set at number four singles 6-1, but fell behind in his second set 5-2. The Nice, France product wasn’t done, however, he came back to force a tiebreaker for the second frame, and he won the tiebreaker in seven straight points.
Vogl’s number six singles match was perhaps the catalyst to turning the IU’s fortunes around. After falling 6-3 in the first set, Vogl won 12 of the next 14 games to take the match by a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 score. That momentum carried over to the other courts and tied things back up after Penn State took the win at number five singles.
#3 BUCKEYES TOO MUCH FOR YOUNG HOOSIERS
Five ranked singles players and the #3 team in the country proved to much for Indiana on the day as the team fell 7-0 to the Ohio State Buckeyes. Indiana saw tough play from sophomore Lachlan Ferguson and freshman Maxime Armengaud.
Ferguson faced a stiff task in fourth-ranked Bryan Koniecko at number one singles. The Adelaide, Australia native fell 6-1 in the first set, but he battled back to make the second set a good one. Koniecko proved to be the better player on the day, taking the set.
INDIANA DROPS ONE TO THE HAWKEYES
The Hoosiers dropped their third straight match on Sunday, April 5, falling to the Iowa Hawkeyes. After taking the doubles point, the Hoosiers were unable to catch their footing in singles action, getting only one singles win, from freshman Jeremy Langer, en route to a 5-2 Iowa win.
Langer and sophomore Santiago Gruter took their number one singles match 8-3. Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson and freshman Stephen Vogl won at number two doubles to close out the doubles point.
Langer took his match at number three singles. He blanked Nikita Zotov in the first set, winning 6-0 and held on in the second set for the win. Zotov fought back to force a tiebreaker in the second set. Langer won the tiebreaker for a 7-6 second-set victory.
GOPHERS DOWN THE HOOSIERS
Indiana fell to 3-2 in the Big Ten after a 6-1 loss at Minnesota. The match was the first Big Ten road test for the young team. The lone Hoosier win came from freshman Will Kendall.
Kendall took down Julian Dehn at number six singles. The freshman won by a 6-3, 6-4 score. The Short Hills, N.J., native notched his 25th singles victory of the year, which leads all Hoosiers.
Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson lost a hard fought battle at number one singles. After dropping the first set 6-1 to #60 Ishay Hadash, Ferguson battled back to take a 7-6 win in the second set. In the final set tiebreaker, Hadash won 10-7.
HOOSIERS FALL TO THE ILLINI
The #12 Illinois men’s tennis team came to town and proved to have too much fire power for a young Hoosiers team. Freshman Jeremy Langer scored IU’s only win on the day taking down a ranked player, posting the lone Indiana point in a 6-1 loss.
Langer got his first career win over a ranked foe, defeating #42 Roy Kalmanovich at number three singles. Langer jumped out to an early lead and carried the first set 6-3. He broke Kalmanovich’s serve twice to open the second set 3-0 and went on to win.
Illinois took all three doubles matches for the doubles point, and the Illini won the other five singles bouts. Sophomores Lachlan Ferguson and Santiago Gruter both fell to ranked foes, but neither went down without a fight. Ferguson made the second set a difficult one for #39 Dennis Nevolo, forcing a set tiebreaker, which went to Nevolo 8-6. Gruter did the same forcing a tiebreaker in the first set, which he dropped 8-6.
The Hoosiers moved to a 3-0 conference record with a win over rival Purdue on Saturday. Led by stellar play from sophomore Santiago Gruter and freshman Stephen Vogl, the Hoosiers led from beginning to end for a 5-2 victory.
Gruter and freshman Jeremy Langer won a marathon doubles match to seal the doubles point in Indiana’s favor. The match with Branko Kuzmanovic and P.J. Rose went back and forth until it reached an 8-8 tie. The Hoosiers took the match in the tiebreaker, winning 9-7.
Gruter won his number two singles match in straight sets. Each of the other five singles contests went to three sets. Gruter beat Kuzmanovic again in singles action, taking a 6-3, 6-2 decision.
Vogl continued his solid play, winning at number one doubles with sophomore Lachlan Ferguson and a number six singles. Vogl took singles and doubles victories at Louisville in the IU’s last outing. Vogl won his singles match in three sets, taking out Thomas Wilson 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. In doubles, Ferguson and Vogl took a win to help IU take the doubles point. They defeated Slavko Bijelica and Griff Nienberg 8-4.
Up 3-2, freshman Will Kendall sealed the deal with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win at number five singles. The Short Hills, N.J., native leads Indiana in singles wins on the year. Ferguson closed out the match with a win of his own at number one singles. The Australia product defeated Bijelica 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-5.
After squaring off with the Michigan State Spartans on April 18 and the Michigan Wolverines on April 19, the Hoosiers will return to Ann Arbor for the Big Ten Tournament from April 23 through the 26th.