Men's Tennis Heads to NCAAs Looking for Revenge
May 9, 2012
The Hoosiers will travel to Lexington, Ky., where they will play No. 34 Louisville in first round NCAA tournament action on May 11 at Noon ET. The Hoosiers get a rematch with the Cardinals after a tough loss in late March. The winner of the opening-round match advances to play the winner of Kentucky and Radford.
The Hoosiers enter the NCAA tournament for the seventh time in program history. The Hoosiers have an all-time record of 1-6 in NCAA Tournament-play, with the lone win coming over this weekend's host, the Kentucky Wildcats, in 2000. This is the third trip to the tournament since Randy Bloemendaal took over the in 2007. IU fell 4-3 to Vanderbilt in 2008 and 4-3 to Louisiana State last season in first-round match.
Indiana plays Louisville in the postseason for the first time ever. The Hoosiers hold a 14-9 advantage in the all-time series with the Cardinals, but UofL has won six straight and nine of the last 11 meetings with the Hoosiers.
Indiana is 23-9 this season matching the all-time high for wins in a season for the program. The Hoosiers are led by first team All-Big Ten honorees Isade Juneau and Josh MacTaggart. MacTaggart, ranked 78th nationally, has won 35 singles matches this season, breaking the IU record for singles victories in a season.
Louisville went 18-9 this season en route a BIG EAST title. They are led by BIG EAST freshman of the year Sebastian Stiefelmeyer who finished te season 16-5 in dual matches.
Kentucky would be another rematch for the Hoosiers, as IU fell in Lexington in late January. The sixth-ranked SEC-Champion Wildcats are led by three top-25 players in No. 3 Eric Quigley, No. 15 Alex Musialek and No. 22 Anthony Rossi.
Radford is the only team the Hoosiers didn't face in a dual this season, but the Hoosiers did take the courts opposite Radford's players at the UCF Invitational in early January. At the tournament, Juneau took down Radford's top player, 120th-ranked Nick Sayer. Louisville was also at the UCF Invitational.
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