IU Hosts Northwestern on Senior Day
April 17, 2013
Indiana men's tennis (16-11, 6-3) closes out the regular season this weekend, playing at No. 31 Illinois (13-9, 6-3) on Friday at 3 p.m. CT and then hosting No. 34 Northwestern (18-8, 4-5) for Senior Day on Sunday at noon ET. The Hoosiers will also host Vincennes at 6 p.m. ET on Sunday. Seniors Josh MacTaggart and Isade Juneau will be honored prior to IU's match with Northwestern for their four years at Indiana.
The Hoosiers are ranked 53rd this week in the ITA rankings, and both conference matches could go a long way towards getting the Hoosiers in better shape for NCAA tournament play. Freshman Sam Monette is ranked No. 104 in singles play this week and Monette and Juneau are the nation's 19th-ranked doubles team. MacTaggart is now just one doubles victory from tying for IU's all-time record in career doubles wins, a distinction he would pair with the school record for career singles wins, which he broke earlier this year.
Illinois boasts two ranked doubles tandems and one ranked singles player. Jared Hiltzik is ranked No. 31 nationally in singles play and is 7-2 at number one singles during the Big Ten slate. Tim Kopinski and Ross Guignon are ranked 11th nationally in doubles play. The Illini have lost three of their last five matches, but came very close to upsetting No. 5 Ohio State last weekend, losing 4-3. The Hoosiers hosted the Illini the past two seasons and come out with big victories over Top-20 Illinois teams, so Illinois will surely be looking for revenge.
The Wildcats are led by No. 83 Raleigh Smith. Spencer Wolf and Alex Pasreanu hold a national doubles ranking as well, checking in at No. 79 on the ITA list. NU started out the season 13-3, but the Big Ten slate has made things tougher, as they've lost five out of their last nine and four of the last six. The Hoosiers have won six straight matches over Northwestern.
Junior College power Vincennes wraps up the regular season for IU, as they make the trip to Bloomington for the fourth-straight season. The Blazers are ranked 11th nationally in the ITA's junior college rankings, and they boast four nationally-ranked singles players to go along with a pair of ranked doubles tandems, highlighted by Erick Bermudez, who is ranked No. 5 in junior college tennis.
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