Hoosiers Hold Fifth-Seed For Big Ten Championships
April 27, 1999 Hoosiers Hold Fifth-Seed For Big Ten Championships
On Tap...The #48 Hoosiers will take part in the Big Ten Championships this weekend in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The men received a first round bye with a 5th-place finish in the conference this season ending with a 6-4 record. The Hoosiers will begin the tournament on Friday at 1 p.m. with a match against the 4th-seed Minnesota. The Hoosiers will look for revenge against Minnesota for their regular season 4-3 loss. After taking the doubles point, the Hoosiers were only able to take won singles matches. Milan Rakvica and George McGill picked up the singles victories for the Hoosiers in that match. With a win the Hoosiers will continue play on Saturday.
Weekend Sweep...The Hoosiers came into last weekends matches needing only two wins to clinch the 5th-seed in the Big Ten tournament. The Hoosiers came away from the weekend with those two wins. The Hoosiers defeated Wisconsin 5-2 on Saturday and on Sunday defeated Iowa 6-1. The Hoosiers took all six doubles matches last weekend. Their singles also played well as they lost only three matches.
Perfect Big Ten...With two wins last weekend George McGill became the first men's tennis player to finish the Big Ten undefeated ending with a 10-0 record. McGill, a junior, was able to win both matches in straight sets last weekend to post that mark. McGill now stands at 19-5 overall and at 14-4 in dual matches.
The Streak...Sophomore Milan Rakvica added two more victories to his winning streak last weekend. The streak now stands at 17-matches. With those two wins, Rakvica also became a 30 win player, finishing the season with a team-leading 30-8 record. Rakvica was also the team leader in dual singles wins with 19.
Bouncing Back...Sophomore Paul Jacobson bounced back from a tough stretch of matches to finish the season with a win against Iowa. The win was Jacobson's second in three matches and he ended the regular season with a 27-11 singles record.
Montilla Hit 20th...Junior Gabriel Montilla won his 20th match of the season with a win over Wisconsin on Saturday. His record now stands at 21-17 for the season.
Clinching Victories...Freshman Rahman Smiley has started to come onto his own after struggling in the beginning of the season. In the last three Hoosiers wins, he has posted a win in the deciding match. Overall this season he has posted a 13-11 record this spring at the No. 6 position. In the Big Ten, he is 4-6.
Doubles Team...The doubles team of sophomore Ian Arons and junior Ricardo Jordan have been the Hoosiers most consistent team so far this season. Since the Dual Match season started, they have posted a 18-4 overall record, while going 8-2 in the Big Ten. Overall, the No. 3 team, has posted an record of 21-5.
Potpourri...Montilla and Smiley are paired together as the No. 1 doubles unit and they posted a 15-13 overall record...Arons, the No. 1 singles player, has made his mark in Big Ten matches so far by posting a 4-6 record.
Coach Ken Hydinger...is in his 15th season as the Head Coach of
the men's tennis team. He has a overall record of 233-156-1, while going
104-79 in the Big Ten. Coach Hydinger has been a coach at the collegiate
level for twenty years, coaching at Southwest Missouri State and Mississippi
before coming to Indiana. In his 20 years of coaching he has a record of
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