Hoosiers Host Big Ten Championships
April 26, 2000 Hoosiers Host Big Ten Championships
ON TAP...The Hoosiers (15-5, 7-3) will be home for the Big Ten Championships this weekend. Indiana received the third-seed and a first round bye. The Hoosiers begin their run for the Championship on Friday as they will take on the winner of the Ohio State/Penn State match. The match will begin at 1:30 p.m. and take place at the IU Varsity Courts. This year the Hoosiers defeated both Ohio State (5-2) and Penn State (5-2). Indiana holds the all-time series against both teams, holding a 39-23 against Ohio State and a 7-4 record against Penn State
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.
HYDINGER ON THE BIG TEN'S... "This team has been intact for two years and we have talked about this tournament for two years. Everything has been leading up to this and this is it. For Bloomington, this is going to be great tennis. The intensity here is so much greater then you would see at the pros at the RCA level. The quality of tennis is going to be very good and we encourage the people of Bloomington to come out for it and if they can support the Hoosiers, they could really help us because these kids would respond."
LAST YEAR AT THE BIG TEN CHAMPIONSHIPS...The Hoosiers lost in the quaterfinals to Minnesota 4-0 last year.
HOOSIERS WIN-STREAK ENDS AT SIX...The Hoosiers lost in their final big Ten regular season match to 24th-ranked Minnesota 4-1 on April 23. The Hoosiers lost the doubles point for the first time in six matches.
IN THE RANKINGS...In the current ITA Rankings the Hoosiers moved up one spot to 27th in the nation. In Region IV, the Hoosiers are ranked 5th. Milan Rakvica moved down 2 spots in the singles rankings to 100th and is currently ranked 24th in the Region in singles. In doubles, Ian Arons and Gabriel Montilla moved down four spots to be ranked at 39th in the country. Milan Rakvica and Rahman Smiley moved back into the rankings at 53rd.
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 DOMINANCE...Senior George McGill has once again left his mark on the Big Ten this season. After going undefeated in Big Ten play last year, McGill is 8-1 in Big Ten play this season. Over the past two years, McGill has gone 18-1 in Big Ten singles matches.
NO SOPHOMORE SLUMP...After a slow start this year, sophomore Rahman Smiley has rebounded to post an overall record of 21-12 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. The Hoosiers have won the doubles point in six of their last seven matches and have gone 18-3 during that time.
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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