Men's Tennis

    2009 Men's Tennis Year in Review

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Santiago Gruter played a key role for the Hoosiers in 2009.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Santiago Gruter played a key role for the Hoosiers in 2009.
    Go Hoosiers!

    July 16, 2009

    Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson pulled in several postseason honors for his work on the court and in the classroom. The College Sports Information Directors of America named Ferguson a member of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District teams and the Big Ten conference named the sophomore a member of the 2009 All-Big Ten team, the Academic All-Big Ten team and a Big Ten Distinguished Scholar.

    Indiana men's tennis coach Randy Bloemendaal said that Ferguson represents what his program is all about.

    "Lachlan is our team captain and our number one player on the team," said Bloemendaal. "His leadership has been a tremendous asset to the team, on and off the court. This honor proves once again how he demands excellence in everything he sets out to achieve."

    Ferguson is the 25th All-Big Ten honoree for Indiana, and this is the second consecutive year that Indiana has had an individual honored, as Thomas Richter was named All-Big Ten in 2008. Ferguson finished the season 22-13 in singles action and 23-12 in doubles play, including a 5-5 mark in Big Ten singles action at the number one spot. The sophomore also scored six wins over ranked opponents this season, with a victory over #42 Diego Cubas of South Carolina as the most impressive.

    Entering the Big Ten Tournament as the sixth seed, the Hoosiers looked to finish out the season with a flurry of wins, and that is what they did. The Hoosiers advanced to the semifinals before falling to #14 Illinois. Along the way, the Hoosiers dismissed Michigan State and avenged a regular season loss to Minnesota.

    Indiana advanced through the first day of the Big Ten Tournament with a 4-1 win over Michigan State. Leading the way for the Hoosiers were sophomore Lachlan Ferguson and freshman Jeremy Langer. Both scored singles and doubles victories for IU.



    Looking to avenge a loss to #32 Minnesota earlier that month, the Hoosiers came out fired up and didn't let down. The team took the doubles point and then won singles matches at one, five and six to claim the victory, 4-1.

    #103 Lachlan Ferguson continued his hot streak with a dominating 6-2, 6-1 win over #58 Ishay Hadash. The win was Ferguson's sixth of the year over a ranked foe and his sixth consecutive win at number one singles. Ferguson also helped win the doubles point. He and freshman Stephen Vogl won at number two doubles by an 8-3 tally.

    The Big Ten Conference announced on Friday, May 29 that the Indiana Department of Athletics posted 83 student-athletes on the 2009 Spring Academic All-Big Ten team across 10 sports. Sophomores Santiago Gruter and Lachlan Ferguson represented the men's tennis team, earning the accolades with their performance in the classroom.

    Freshman Jeremy Langer emerged this season as a key contributor for the Hoosiers, playing primarily at #3 singles and #1 doubles. The Canada native got his first career win over a ranked foe, defeating #42 Roy Kalmanovich of Illinois at number three singles. Langer jumped out to an early lead and carried the first set 6-3. He broke Kalmanovich's serve twice to open the second set 3-0 and went on to take the set 6-4.

    The month of March was a great one for the Hoosiers. The month saw IU post a 6-2 record and defeat three ranked teams. The two losses for the Hoosiers came to top-20 teams. Indiana started out the month with quick work of Southern Illinois and Butler on March 1. The following weekend brought the opening of Big Ten play and saw the #44 Northwestern Wildcats and #19 Wisconsin come to town. In two days, the Hoosiers knocked off both teams.

    The next test for the Hoosiers were ranked foes the #19 Louisville Cardinals. The Cardinals proved too much, but the Hoosiers bounced back quickly with a decisive victory over rival Purdue. Closing out the month, Indiana lost a very close match with the #9 Illinois Illini.

    Indiana jumped out to an early lead against Northwestern, winning the number one and two doubles flights for an early 1-0 advantage. Gruter and freshman Jeremy Langer disposed of their Wildcat competition 8-4 at number one, and Ferguson and freshman Stephen Vogl took down the 80th ranked doubles team in the country of Alex Sanborn and Joshua Graves.

    Ferguson kept the ball rolling taking down #82 Marc Dwyer decisively for a 2-0 IU advantage. He recorded a 6-0, 6-1 win over the nationally ranked foe. The win is his third of the season over a ranked opponent. The next two matches (flights three and four) fell in the straight sets to the Wildcats, knotting the score at two all.

    The three remaining matches all went to a third set. The first of the final three matches to finish was at number five singles. Freshman Maxime Armengaud decisively took the third set for a 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-2 win. The Hoosiers led 3-2. The momentum from that win carried over to the remaining matches at two and six singles.

    With the fans getting louder and louder, Gruter was able to use that momentum to carry out the win in the third set. The Lima, Peru native won a 5-7, 6-1, 6-4 decision over Tobias Reitz, sealing the Hoosier win and moving Indiana to 1-0 in Big Ten play and 8-7 overall.

    A day after taking down Northwestern, the Hoosiers looked to do the same to Wisconsin. The Hoosiers took the doubles point and then rode singles points from three freshman for a 4-3 victory over the 19th ranked Wisconsin Badgers. Freshman Maxime Armengaud clinched the victory for Indiana, winning a three set thriller at number five singles.

    For the second straight day, the Hoosiers jumped out to an early lead by snatching the doubles point. At number two doubles, sophomore Lachlan Ferguson and freshman Stephen Vogl jumped out early and took their match 8-3. At number one doubles, sophomore Santiago Gruter and freshman Jeremy Langer scored an upset of the 16th ranked doubles tandem in the nation. The IU duo played tough, forcing Moritz Baumann and Marek Michalicka into a tiebreaker, where the Hoosiers prevailed 7-5 for a 9-8 win, closing out the doubles point and moving Indiana into a 1-0 lead.

    Langer extended the lead to 2-0 with his dismissal of Luke Rassow-Kantor at number four singles. He won 6-1, 6-2. The Badgers then came roaring back, winning at number one and number three singles to even the count at two all.

    Freshman Will Kendall scored the third point for Indiana, winning 6-3, 6-4 at number six singles, over Michael Dierberger. The win left two matches in play, both going to a third set. One IU win would bring home the W. The plot thickened as the second flight fell in favor of the Badgers. Gruter fell to #44 Marek Michalicka 7-5, 4-6, 6-3. At that point, only Armengaud and Peter Marrack of the Badgers remained on the court, tied at 4-4 in the third set.

    Armengaud then broke Marrack's serve to take 5-4 advantage. With a loud and energized crowd watching, Amengaud held serve, winning a game of several long rallies. The Nice, France product wrapped up Indiana's second defeat of a ranked opponent in as many days.

    Indiana moved to 9-7 on the year and 2-0 in Big Ten play. The weekend marked the first time IU had won back-to-back Big Ten matches since Randy Bloemendaal joined the coaching staff, and the two wins mark the first and second time the Hoosiers have come out on top in a 4-3 decision on the season.

    Indiana got behind early against Penn State, but the Hoosiers wouldn't stay down for long. After dropping the doubles point, the Hoosiers found themselves in a bit of a hole. The team battled and fought their way back in each match. Singles wins from freshmen Maxime Armengaud, Stephen Vogl and Jeremy Langer as well as sophomore Lachlan Ferguson got IU a 4-3 victory.

    Down 3-2 with only Langer and Ferguson left on the courts, Indiana needed both matches for the win. At number three singles, Langer battled through flu-like symptoms to pull out a third-set victory in a match that was close the whole way through. Langer dropped the first set in a tiebreaker after leading 6-5. He faced the same situation in the second set, but this time he closed it out for a 7-5 win. Langer then convincingly took the final set 6-2.

    With that momentum, Ferguson won his second set 7-5 as well to force a third frame of his own. Just like Langer, Ferguson took control of his number one singles match and didn't let up in the third for a 6-2 win. Both Langer and Ferguson won their matches by an identical score, 6-7, 7-5, 6-2.

    Armengaud's match squared things up at one all. He won his first set at number four singles 6-1, but fell behind in his second set 5-2. The Nice, France product wasn't done, however, he came back to force a tiebreaker for the second frame, and he won the tiebreaker in seven straight points.

    Vogl's number six singles match was perhaps the catalyst to turning the IU's fortunes around. After falling 6-3 in the first set, Vogl won 12 of the next 14 games to take the match by a 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 score. That momentum carried over to the other courts and tied things back up after Penn State took the win at number five singles.

    Indiana claimed its second-straight Big Ten victory with a 5-2 win at Michigan State. The Hoosiers were led by sophomore Santiago Gruter and freshman Jeremy Langer, as the duo combined for two singles wins and a doubles win.

    At number one doubles, Gruter and Langer, who are ranked as the 76th doubles pair in the country, took down the 79th-ranked team of John Allare and Jason Norville by a score of 8-6. The win closed out the doubles point as the Hoosiers also took the number three doubles match with a win by senior Peter Antons and freshman Maxime Armengaud.

    The Hoosiers grabbed four singles wins on the day, taking the first three flights and the sixth flight. No. 114 Lachlan Ferguson won in straight sets at number one, winning 6-3, 6-4. Gruter and Langer both won in two sets at number two and three respectively, and freshman Will Kendall took his match 6-3, 7-6 (7-1).

    Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson won three straight matches at the Big Ten Singles Championships to advance to the quarterfinals. Ferguson, the #2 seed in the tournament, fell in the quarters to Dino Bilankov of Minnesota.

    Ferguson defeated Pete Rispoh of Northwestern (6-0, 6-7, 7-5), and took care of Alexander Thams, another Wildcat (4-6, 6-2, 6-2), to advance to the quarters. He then squared off with Dino Bilankov of Minnesota for a spot in the semifinals. Bilankov took the match 5-7, 7-6, 6-4.

    Indiana players won four of the five finals matches at the Hoosier Invitational on Sunday. The Hoosiers brought home the championships in the IU flight singles, the doubles flight, the Crimson flight singles and the Cream flight singles.

    Sophomore Lachlan Ferguson took the IU flight finals, defeating fellow Hoosier Chris Peek for the championship. Ferguson wasn't able to defeat Peek in their other matchup on the day.

    Peek and freshman Jeremy Langer took the doubles crown, defeating Ferguson and senior Peter Antons by a tally of 8-6. Langer won the Crimson flight singles, defeating Western Michigan's Zeyad Montasser by a score of 6-1, 6-3.

    Langer wasn't the only freshman to win his first collegiate tournament, as Will Kendall won the Cream Flight singles, defeating Mike Dieciuc of Xavier 6-1, 6-2. The Hoosiers also had freshman Maxime Armengaud in the Hoosier Flight. Armengaud fell to Robert Hall of Louisville in final.


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