Hoosiers Release 2005-06 Schedule
Sept. 7, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana head men's tennis coach Ken Hydinger released the Hoosiers 2005-06 schedule. The docket includes 10 matches against teams that advanced to the 2005 NCAA Tournament and seven conference champions.
"We are looking forward to the 2005-06 season," Hydinger said. "Our players will have many chances to grow as they will face many challenges and opportunities that our schedule presents."
The fall portion of the schedule includes three tournaments. The Hoosiers will open the year at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational, which will be played at the ATP Tennis Center. The facility spans 90 acres, has three stadiums and seven other courts. The event runs Friday, Sept. 23, through Sunday, Sept. 25.
Indiana will also compete during the fall season at the Regional Rolex Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., on Oct. 20-24. IU is slated to participate in the Big Ten Singles Championships in East Lansing, Mich., Nov. 11-14.
The spring schedule opens with a pair of doubleheaders at the IU Tennis Center. On Jan. 21, the Hoosiers will open with Butler and Bradley. The match-up with the Bulldogs is set for 9 a.m., followed by the Braves at 3:30 p.m. IU is 10-1 against Butler, including a 7-0 victory over the defending Horizon League Champions last season. Indiana is 3-0 all-time versus Bradley, but the 2006 match-up will be the first since May of 1977.
The following weekend, the Hoosiers will host Toledo and IPFW in a doubleheader at the Tennis Center. The match with the Rockets is set for 9 a.m., followed by IPFW at 3:30 p.m. Last season, the Hoosiers defeated Toledo, 7-0, running their all-time series record to 3-0. The match with IPFW will be the first between the two in-state foes.
After a week off, IU will have a pair of difficult road tilts against Middle Tennessee State and Louisville. MTSU advanced to the NCAA Tournament as the Sun Belt Conference Champion a season ago and finished the year ranked 36th in the ITA Rankings. The Feb. 11 match will be the ninth between the two schools, with IU holding a 5-3 advantage.
The Cardinals move into their first season of competition in the Big East. U of L finished the 2005 season ranked 33rd after advancing to the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers and Cardinals will square off on Feb. 12 at noon in Louisville, Ky. Indiana holds the all-time series advantage at 14-3, including a 5-2 victory in 2005.
The Hoosiers will have back-to-back non-conference matches on Feb. 18 and 19. Indiana faces Murray State for the 13th straight season on Feb. 18. The Hoosiers have won 11 straight against their Ohio Valley Conference foe. IU will then face 2005 NCAA Tournament participant and Mid-American Conference Champion Ball State the following day.
Indiana opens the conference slate at defending Big Ten champion Illinois. The Hoosiers played the Illini tough in Bloomington last season, falling 4-3. Illinois advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament and finished the year ranked sixth by the ITA. The Illini line-up features three preseason top-20 players, including the ITA's No. 1 preseason player, Ryler DeHeart.
The Hoosiers will have two more Big Ten road matches in a row following the Illinois match. IU faces Purdue on Feb. 26, at noon followed by a March 4 trip to Penn State.
IU will return to Bloomington when it faces another conference champion in Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish claimed the 2005 Big East crown and is the fifth defending conference champion the Hoosiers will face this season when they square off on March 7.
The spring break trip features an excursion to Florida for a quartet of matches against quality opponents. IU opens the trip with a match in Daytona, Fla., against Colgate on March 13. The Hoosiers will then face South Florida and Army in Tampa, Fla., on March 15 and 16, respectively. The Black Knights are the defending Patriot League champions and represented the conference in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. It will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.
Indiana will conclude its spring break trip against Central Florida in Daytona, Fla., on March 18. The Golden Knights were NCAA Tournament participants last season and claimed the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship.
After a March 25 match against Vincennes, the Hoosiers will conclude the regular season with seven matches against conference foes. The stretch opens up with three consecutive home matches. IU will face Wisconsin on March 31, followed by an April 2 tilt with Northwestern. Indiana has won three straight against the Badgers, including a 5-2 win in Madison last season. Northwestern finished the year ranked 47th and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
The homestand ends with an April 7 affair with Ohio State. Over their last 10 matches against one another, the Hoosiers and Buckeyes have traded five-match winning streaks. OSU is currently riding the streak and finished the 2005 campaign ranked 24th by the ITA and in the NCAA Tournament.
The final road matches of the 2006 regular season come against Iowa and Minnesota. Indiana is 20-8 all-time in Iowa City, Iowa, heading into the April 14 affair. The Hoosiers also have won 11 of their last 13 matches against the Hawkeyes. IU will look for its first win over Minnesota since 1997 when the two teams meet on April 15. The Gophers finished the 2005 campaign ranked 53rd by the ITA.
The regular season comes to a close with matches against Michigan State (April 21) and Michigan (April 23). IU has won six of its last seven matches against MSU, including a 6-1 victory in East Lansing, Mich., last season. The Wolverines finished the 2005 season ranked 54th in the nation.
The 2006 Big Ten Tournament will be held in Minneapolis, Minn. The event is slated for April 27-30. The Hoosiers have advanced to the quarterfinals of the event each of the last three seasons.
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