Hoosiers Season Comes To A Close|
May 15, 1999 Hoosiers Season Comes To A Close
Men's Tennis Loses To South Carolina 4-2 in NCAA First Round
Lexington, KY-Winning the doubles point was not enough as the 40th-ranked Hoosiers dropped their opening round match to 14th-ranked South Carolina 4-2 today. The loss in the first round knocked the Hoosiers out of the NCAA Championships. With the win South Carolina will move into the second round tomorrow to play either Kentucky or East Tennessee State.
The Hoosiers looked strong early as they took the doubles point to start the day off. Rahman Smiley and Gabriel Montilla were victorious over Vladimic pavicevic and Thomasz Wawrzyniak 8-6 at the No. 1 position. At No. 2, Milan Rakvica and George McGill defeated Olof Akesson and Guillaume Lagat 9-7. The Hoosiers dropped the match at the No. 3 position as Ricardo Jordan and Ian Arons lost to Juan Gamboa and Jerome Jourdon 8-2.
Singles was a different story with Indiana dropping four of the five finished matches. The Hoosiers only win came at the No. 3 position when Pavicevic defaulted from the match because of an injury. McGill was ahead at the time the match was stopped 3-6,6-7,3-0 def. At No. 1, Arons lost to Jourdon 6-2,6-0. Montilla was defeated by Legat 6-3,7-6 at the No. 2 position. Rakvica, playing at No. 4, lost a close three-set match to Akesson 3-6,6-2,6-3. At No. 4, Paul Jacobson lost to Gamboa 6-1,6-4. The match between Smiley and Wawrzyniak did not finish with the match already decided.
Indiana will now return home and wait for next year. This season the Hoosiers ended with a record of 14 10, while going 6-5 in the Big Ten. The 14-10 record was also an improvement on last year's 9-14 record. For season season ending statistics of the men's tennis team or for interview requests, please contact Alex Simon by phone (812.855.9399) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).