Hoosiers End Season In Minnesota
April 19, 2000 Hoosiers End Season In Minnesota
ON TAP...The Hoosiers (15-4, 7-2) will be in Minneapolis for a match against Minnesota on Sunday to conclude the Big Ten regular season. With a win the Hoosiers will clinch second seed in the Big Ten Championships. Last year, the Hoosiers lost to Minnesota 4-3 in Bloomington. Minnesota leads the all-time series with a 30-22 record.
SCOUTING MINNESOTA...The 24th-ranked Golden Gophers come into this weekend with a 18-5 record, while going 7-1 in the Big Ten. Last week, Minnesota split a pair of Big Ten matches with a loss to Illinois 4-3 and a win over Northwestern 5-2. The Golden Gophers are lead by the 18th-ranked doubles team of Thomas Haug and Michael Michalowski.
HYDINGER ON THE WEEKEND... "Minnesota has only one loss in the league so far and that was to Illinois 4-3. They are good, they are a really good team. They have been spotty at places, but at home in the bubble they are as tough as nails. It has been a hard place for us to win, but this is one of most mentally tough teams that we have had in awhile. It is a great challenge and we look forward to going up there and try and win."
HOOSIERS EXTEND WIN-STREAK TO SIX...The Hoosiers extended their Big Ten match winning streak to six with a pair of home wins. The Hoosiers began the weekend with a 5-2 victory over 39-ranked Ohio State. The Hoosiers won all three doubles matches to win the doubles point. Indiana then took four out of the six singles matches. On Sunday, the Hoosiers concluded the weekend with a 5-2 victory over Penn State. The Hoosiers won the doubles point and took four of the singles matches for the fourth straight match.
MCGILL NAMED BIG TEN CO-TENNIS ATHLETE OF THE WEEK...McGill was named Big Ten Co-Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week. McGill lead the Hoosiers to a pair of wins last weekend and helped extend their winning streak to six matches. McGill defeated Ohio State's Derek DeFalco 6-2,6-4 and Penn State's Chris DeStefano 6-2,6-1 to improve his Big Ten record to 8-1 for the season. Over the past two seasons, McGill has posted an 18-1 singles record.
IN THE RANKINGS...In the current ITA Rankings the Hoosiers moved up two spots to 28th in the nation. In Region IV, the Hoosiers are ranked 5th. Milan Rakvica moved down 12 spots in the singles rankings to 98th and is currently ranked 24th in the Region in singles. In doubles, Ian Arons and Gabriel Montilla moved up 20 spots to be ranked at 35th in the country.
AGAINST RANKED OPPONENTS...The men's tennis team is currently 6-4 against teams ranked in the top 75. The Hoosiers have picked up wins against #20 Michigan, #22 Notre Dame, #24 Harvard, #39 Ohio State, #43 Ball State and #54 Wisconsin. Indiana has lost matches to #6 Illinois, #23 Kentucky, #52 Louisville and #61 Purdue.
BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS...Indiana University will host the 2000 Big Ten Men's Tennis Championships from April 27 through April 30. The Championship is a singles elimination tournament. Play will begin with three matches on Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Varsity Courts and the HPER Courts. The six lowest seeded teams will compete to reach the main draw. On Friday, the first round of the main draw will take place with matches at the Varsity and HPER Courts. There will be two matches at each site and will begin at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. The semifinals will take place on Saturday with matches at 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Varsity Courts and the finals will take place on Sunday at noon. Admission is free for this event.
NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP...After a slow start this year, sophomore Rahman Smiley has rebounded to post a seven-match winning streak. He is currently 21-11 overall in singles matches and has a team leading 20 wins in doubles. Smiley has also been able to outlast his opponents in long matches, going 10-4 in three-set matches
JUNIOR PLAY...The Hoosiers have three juniors in the starting singles lineup and all have played well lately. Paul Jacobson has been solid all season long at the No. 5 position. He is currently 13-5 in dual matches and has won four straight matches. Ian Arons has also come on as of late at the No. 2 position is currently 11-8 on the dual match season. Milan Rakvica is 8-10 the No. 1 position.
KEY TO VICTORY...A key to the Hoosiers outstanding play lately has been the play of their doubles. During their current six-match winning streak, the Hoosiers have taken the doubles point in each match and have gone 17-1.
PROVIDING LEADERSHIP...The Hoosiers have seen some great tennis being played this season by senior Gabriel Montilla. He is currently second on the team with 13 dual singles victories and third in Big Ten singles victories with six. He leads the team with 14 dual doubles victories and seven Big Ten doubles victories.
HYDINGER WINS 300TH...with the Hoosiers win over Notre Dame, head coach
Ken Hydinger picked up his 300th career victory. Hydinger is currently
in his 16th season as the Head Coach of the men's tennis team. He has a
overall record of 246-162-1, while going 109-82 in the Big Ten. Coach Hydinger
has been a coach at the collegiate level for 21 years, coaching at Southwest
Missouri State and Mississippi State before coming to Indiana. In his 20
years of coaching he has a record of 312-207-1.
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