Men's Tennis Wins Sixth Straight In Big Ten
April 16, 2000 Men's Tennis Wins Sixth Straight In Big Ten
Bloomington, Ind. - The men's tennis team extended its winning streak to six matches with a 5-2 victory over Penn State today. The win improves the Hoosiers (15-4) record to 7-2 in the conference, while the Nittany Lions 10-10 dropped to 0-9 in the conference.
The Hoosiers took the early 1-0 by winning the doubles point for the sixth straight match. At No. 1, Ian Arons and Gabriel Montilla were victorious over Jamie Gresh and Steve Van Der Westhuyzen 8-3. After George McGill and Milan Rakvica lost their match, the Hoosiers clinched the doubles point with Paul Jacobson and Rahman Smiley's victory over Chris DeStefano and Matt Frakes 9-8 at No. 3.
In singles, Indiana won the first three singles matches for the win. McGill, playing at No. 4, gave the Hoosiers a 2-0 lead with his victory over DeStefano 6-2,6-1. The win improved McGill's singles record in the Big Ten to 8-1 this season and 18-1 over the past two seasons.
At No. 5, Jacobson gave the Hoosiers a 3-0 lead with a win over Damon Accardi 6-4,6-4. Rakvica clinched the victory for the Hoosiers with a victory over Westhuyzen 6-4,6-3 at No. 1. Smiley, playing at No. 6, defeated Matt Frakes 6-4,3-6,6-3 to win his seventh consecutive match. With the score 5-0 and the match already decided, Arons and Montilla each lost a three-set match.
Head Coach Ken Hydinger said, "We got ourselves where we want to be. We can go to Minnesota next week and play for the No. 2 seed. It was disappointing that Ian (Arons) and Gabriel (Montilla) each lost in three. But Ian had won four straight and Gabriel has had a really good Big Ten record. Milan (Rakvica) had been down earlier. He had lost four in a row, now he has won three in a row in the Big Ten. I think that it shows our team can win at all spots. We have got good depth. We are not dominant, in that everybody is going to win at all times, but I don't know who is in the Big Ten. I think the guys have had a real good stretch here. To go 7-2 in the Big Ten and win six in-a-row. We won the ones that we were suppose to, and got on the road and did the job."
The Hoosiers will conclude the Big Ten regular season with
a match against Minnesota next Sunday at 9 a.m.
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