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    Hoosiers Head into Postseason Riding High

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    April 23, 2002

    Hoosiers Head into Postseason Riding High

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    Senior Ari Widlansky picked up the Hoosiers' deciding point in their 4-3 win over Michigan State.
    Tournament Time
    The Hoosiers go into the Big Ten tournament after picking up their first Big Ten victory in dramatic fashion over Michigan State, 4-3. The Hoosiers are the 11th-seed and will face off with the sixth-seeded Michigan Wolverines. The teams will square off on Thursday, April 25, at 2:00 p.m. at the Stickeny Tennis Center on the campus of Ohio State. The winner of the match will get the third-seed Minnesota Golden Gophers on Friday at 10 a.m.

    Inside the Numbers
    The Wolverines and Hoosiers met just last weekend, with U of M taking home the victory in a close 5-2 match. The Hoosiers trail the all-time series with the 14-45 mark against the Wolverines. Indiana holds a 5-4 advantage on neutral courts against Michigan.Indiana and Michigan have met one other time in the Big Ten Tournament with the Hoosiers winning, 5-4, in 1990.

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    Indiana Coaching Staff
    Ken Hydinger is in his 18th season as head coach of the Hoosiers with an overall record of 271-189-1 and a 117-97 mark in Big Ten play. In his pervious 17 seasons at Indiana, Hydinger has led four teams to 20-win seasons and only two of his teams have finished with a sub-.500 record. Hydinger has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year once (1992), has produced 23 all-Big Ten Players and two Big Ten Freshman of the Year award winners.
    Coach Hydinger is assisted by Ondrej Holik, who returns for his fourth season at IU. A native of the Czech Republic, Holik competed at the Technical University Ostrava until arriving in the United States after his junior year in college. Before coming to IU, Holik played for the Broncos of Western Michigan University.

    Indiana's Big Ten Tournament History
    1985 Big Ten Tournament
    Champaign, Ill.
    May 10- Indiana 5, Purdue 4
    May 11- Minnesota 5, Indiana 2
    May 12- Illinois 5, Indiana 3

    1986 Big Ten Tournament
    Bloomington, Ind.
    May 9- Indiana 5, Northwestern 3
    May 10- Minnesota 6, Indiana 0
    May 11- Indiana 6, Purdue 3

    1987 Big Ten Tournament
    Bloomington, Ind.
    May 8- Ohio State 5, Indiana 3
    May 9- Indiana 5, Northwestern 3
    May 9- Indiana 5, Wisconsin 4
    May 10- Indiana 5, Purdue 1

    1988 Big Ten Tournament
    West Lafayette, Ind.
    May 13- Indiana 6, Ohio State 3
    May 14- Minnesota 5, Indiana 4
    May 15- Wisconsin 5, Indiana 1

    1989 Big Ten Tournament
    Iowa City, Iowa
    May 12- Northwestern 5, Indiana 3
    May 13- Indiana 5, Michigan State 0
    May 13- Indiana 5, Illinois 1
    May 14- Wisconsin 5, Indiana 1

    1990 Big Ten Tournament
    Champaign, Ill.
    May 4- Indiana 5, Michigan 4
    May 5- Indiana 5, Ohio State 2
    May 6- Northwestern 5, Indiana 0

    1991 Big Ten Tournament
    Evanston, Ill.
    May 3 Indiana 5, Iowa 2
    May 4- Minnesota 5, Indiana 1
    May 5- Indiana 5, Northwestern 1

    1992 Big Ten Tournament
    Madison, Wis.
    May 1- Indiana 6, Michigan State 0
    May 2- Indiana 5, Northwestern 3
    May 3- Minnesota 5, Indiana 2

    1993 Big Ten Tournament
    Iowa City, Iowa
    May 7- Indiana 4, Iowa 0
    May 8- Minnesota 4, Indiana 1
    May 9- Indiana 5, Penn State 1

    1994 Big Ten Tournament
    Minneapolis, Minn.
    May 5- Indiana 4, Purdue 2
    May 5- Illinois 4, Indiana 3

    1995 Big Ten Tournament
    Bloomington, Ind.
    April 28- Minnesota 4, Indiana 1
    April 29- Indiana 4, Ohio State 0
    April 30- Indiana 4, Penn State 2

    1996 Big Ten Tournament
    West Lafayette, Ind.
    April 25- Indiana 4, Wisconsin 3
    April 25- Ohio State 4, Indiana 0

    1997 Big Ten Tournament
    East Lansing, Mich.
    April 25- Indiana 4, Michigan 3
    April 26- Northwestern 4, Indiana 0
    April 27- Minnesota 4, Indiana 0

    1998 Big Ten Tournament
    Champaign, Ill.
    May 1- Northwestern 4, Indiana 1
    May 2- Minnesota 4, Indiana 2
    May 3- Michigan State 4, Indiana 3

    1999 Big Ten Tournament
    Ann Arbor, Mich.
    April 30- Minnesota 4, Indiana 0

    2000 Big Ten Tournament
    Bloomington, Ind.
    April 28- Indiana 4, Ohio State 2
    April 29- Minnesota 4, Indiana 2

    2001 Big Ten Tournament
    Madison, Wis.
    April 26- Indiana 4, Iowa 3
    April 27- Illinois 4, Indiana 2

    Finishing Strong
    The Hoosiers finished up the regular season in strong fashion by upending the Michigan State Spartans, 4-3. The Hoosiers trailed from the start, but found some way muscle it up and even it at three with Zach Held’s come-from-behind win over Jimmy McGuire. The stage was then set for senior Ari Widlansky. Widlansky closed out his final home match with a come-from-behind, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2, win over MSU’s Mike Hodge. It was the Hoosiers first Big Ten Conference victory of the year as they improved to 7-15 overall and 1-9 in conference play.

    Changing His Game
    After suffering an injury to his wrist, junior Zach Held has totally revamped his game. According to Head Coach Ken Hydinger, Held has learned to become more of a chip and charge player over the last several weeks. The work is starting to pay dividends as Held picked up a come-from-behind win over Jimmy McGuire of Michigan State, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

    Closing in on the Record Books
    Senior Milan Rakvica now sits in fifth-place on the Hoosiers’ career singles wins list with 90. The Czech Republic native became one of only five Hoosier men to win 90 singles matches in a career. He also is currently in seventh- place on the all-time doubles wins list with 69.

    All-time Singles wins
    1. Sven Salumaa- 108
    2. Gunnar Salumaa - 106
    3. David McCallum - 98
    4. Eion Collins - 95
    5. Milan Rakvica - 90
    6. David Russell - 88
    7. Paul Jacobson - 86
    8. David Held - 82
    9. Ian Arons - 77
    9. Charles Wright - 77
    9. Andrew Held - 77

    All-time Doubles wins
    1. Gunnar Salumaa - 77
    2. David McCallum - 75
    2. Derek Pope - 75
    4 Gabriel Montilla - 73
    5. Erik Barrett - 71
    6. Ian Arons - 70
    7. Milan Rakvica - 69
    8. Tom Weise - 65
    9. David Held - 62
    10. Andrew Held - 61

    ‘Wild’ man
    Senior Ari Widlansky struggled to crack the Hoosiers top six in singles, but once he did, he hasn’t relinquished it. In his final home match of his career, the Coral Springs, Florida native clinched the Hoosier victory with a come from behind, 6-7, 6-4, 6-2 victory over Michigan State’s Mike Hodge. Widlansky has gone 9-6 this spring, including 5-4 in Big Ten matches.

    Back off Injury
    Freshman sensation Jakub Praibis came back from a groin injury in big fashion. He returned to the lineup after a three match hiatus and has won his last four matches. He downed 111th ranked Adrian Bohane of Ohio State, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. He also downed Penn State’s Todd Stecko, . With the two wins, Praibis jumped back into the ITA singles rankings at No. 107.

    Playing Top Notch Opponents
    The Hoosiers are 7-15 on the year, but the fifteen losses can look deceiving. All fifteen losses have come to opponents who are ranked or were previously ranked in the Omni Hotel’s Collegiate Rankings. Ten of which are ranked in the top 45. The Hoosiers have lost to No. 3 Illinois, No. 9 Kentucky. No. 10 Notre Dame, No. 20 Ohio State, No. 24 Minnesota, No. 37 Michigan, No. 41 Middle Tennessee State, No. 42 Northwestern, No. 44 Purdue, and No. 45 Vanderbilt. Three other Hoosier losses have come to ranked opponents, No. 58 Iowa, No. 60 Louisville, and No. 63 Penn State . Indiana also lost to Wisconsin and Clemson, who were ranked at the time this season

    Three Hoosier individuals pulled off upsets in the match against Notre Dame. Junior Zach Held and freshman Ryan Recht defeated the fifth-ranked team of Javier Taborga and Casey Smith. Recht and Held were playing only their fifth match of the year together and first of the spring. Senior Milan Rakvica also pulled off an upset of Notre Dame’s Taborga, 6-4, 6-4. Taborga was ranked 11th by the ITA at the time.

    Moving up the Charts
    Senior Milan Rakvica has been moving up the Omni Hotels Collegiate Singles rankings. Over the last month, the Czech Republic native started out at 123rd before jumping as high as 66th. He is now ranked 75th. Freshman Jakub Praibis is also ranked this season.. He started at 132nd before jumping up as high as 63rd. He suffered a groin injury and fell from the rankings before making a resurgence to at No. 107.

    Hurting in All the Wrong Places
    With all of their injuries this season, the Hoosiers have been more suited for the hospital than the tennis court. The Hoosiers have been without Rahman Smiley, who is the teams No. 2 singles player and part of the No. 1 doubles team, for a two month stretch due to a chronic back injury. The Hoosiers No. 1 singles player Milan Rakvica missed the Iowa match due to a stomach virus. At the No. 3 spot, Hoosier freshman sensation Jakub Praibis has been hampered by a leg injury for the last few weeks. The Hoosiers have also had injuries to Zach Held (calf), Ryan Recht (hamstring), and Efriam Kandinov (ankle) this season.

    Winning Streak
    Freshman Jakub Praibis had a nine-match winning streak before falling to Notre Dame’s Casey Smith.
    Praibis’ biggest upset came when he ousted the 39th-ranked Karim Benmansour of Kentucky, 6-2,6-3. With that victory his ITA ranking jumped from 135 to 63. He is currently 15-4 on the year and ranked 107.

    Firsts in the Big Ten
    Freshman Ryan Recht and senior Zach Held won their first Big Ten matches of the season against Iowa. Held picked up his first victory at the No. 2 position over Iowa’s Jake Wilson, 6-3, 6-2. Recht’s win was the first Big Ten victory of his career. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native also ousted Hunter Skogman, 6-4, 6-3.

    Growing Up
    Freshmen Ryan Recht, Tommy Bagnato and Jakub Praibis picked up the Hoosiers’ three points against Middle Tennessee State. Bagnato and Praibis both dropped the first set of their matches before rebounding to claim the point. Recht on the other hand swept through his opponent with ease, 6-2, 6-4. Bagnato sits at 12-20 on the year, while Praibis is 15-4 this season for the Hoosiers. Recht stands at 8-20 on the year.

    Career Day
    Freshmen Jullien Vulliez had a career day against the Evansville Purple Aces. The Ozoir La Ferriere, France native picked up both his first career doubles and first career singles victories. He teamed with senior Ari Widlansky to defeat Evanville’s Derrek Boland and Louis Arguellos, 8-2. Vulliez then ousted the Purple Aces’ Derrick Kincheloe in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

    NO Quit
    Despite trailing 3-1 to the Vanderbilt Commodores, the Hoosiers mustered up the stamina to even the match before falling, 4-3.
    Senior Milan Rakvica, freshman Jakub Praibis, and junior Zach Held all battled back from one set down to force three set matches. Rakvica and Praibis both picked up wins. Held put up a strong fight, but fell in the third, 6-4.

    Monkey Off His Back
    Freshman Ryan Recht got the monkey off his back by picking up his first dual match victory of his collegiate career. Recht defeated Lewis Smith of Vanderbilt, 6-4, 7-6, in a hard fought match. He now sits at 8-18 on the year.

    Heart of a Champion
    After not practicing all week and not playing singles in the first match of the weekend and doubles in the second, senior Rahman Smiley won his match against the Murray State Racers. Smiley played despite a severe back injury and defeated Thiago Gondim, 6-4, 7-5.

    Finding New Ways to Win
    The Hoosiers dropped the doubles point for the first time against the Southwest Missouri State Bears. The Hoosiers followed suit by losing the point against Murray State as well. Despite losing both points, the Hoosiers won four of the six and five of the six singles matches against the Bears and Racers, respectively, to win both matches.

    Senior Rahman Smiley (pronounced Ra-Mon) has been solid as a rock for the Hoosiers at the No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles spots. Smiley has teamed with freshman Ryan Recht to win all three spring doubles matches. The Union, New Jersey native is currently 10-12 in singles and 8-8 in doubles this season.
    With 68 career singles victories Smiley is only nine victories away from cracking IU’s top 10 list in career wins. He is also only six doubles victories away from breaking into that career top 10. Smiley currently has a 55-42 record as a doubles player for his career.

    Home Sweet Home
    All seven of the Hoosiers’ victories this season have come at home. In contrast, Indiana is 0-8 on the road and 0-1 in its lone neutral court match.

    New to the Program
    The Hoosiers recently added two new recruits to the mix. Freshmen Jakub Praibis and Jullien Vulliez have joined IU at mid-season and will add to the depth of the team. Praibis joins the Hoosiers via the Czech Republic and Vulliez from Paris, France.

    Youth Movement
    The Hoosiers return only four players from last season’s NCAA Tournament team. Seniors Milan Rakvica, Rahman Smiley, Ari Widlansky, and junior Zach Held are the lone returners. Eight freshmen make up the rest of Indiana’s rosters.

    Wet Behind the Ears
    The Hoosier freshmen racked up some impressive records during the fall season. Ryan Recht collected a singles record of 5-6 and a doubles record of 7-2 during the fall. Recht teamed with senior Rahman Smiley to advance to the finals of the Clemson Classic Doubles tournament and then paired with junior Zach Held advancing to the finals of the Bracket “A” Doubles of the Louisville Invitational. Tommy Bagnato posted a singles record of 6-7 this fall and was labeled the “most consistent” freshman by Coach Hydinger. Efriam Kandinov amassed a fall singles record of 4-3, while advancing to the finals of the Flight “B” Bracket at the Louisville Invitational.

    Leading the Way
    Leadership starts at the top and works its way down. With only four upperclassmen and eight freshman, Coach Ken Hydinger has selected senior Rahman Smiley and junior Zach Held as the captains for this year’s squad.

    Family Ties
    Indianapolis, Ind. native Zach Held is now comfortably at home. After spending one season at Michigan, he transferred to IU, where his two older brothers (David, 1990-93, and Andrew, 1995-97) spent their collegiate days.




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