="wr10-7"> October 7, 1997
What's Ahead: - After a strong showing in Clemson, the Hoosiers have almost two weeks to prepare for the Illini Invitational. Included with Indiana and Illinois in the tournament pool are Miami (Ohio), Northwestern, Northern Illinois, Ball State and DePaul.
Last Week: - Indiana completed the round robin format Clemson Invitational with a strong showing on Sunday. Senior Scott Lipitt won 2 out of his 3 matches in the 2nd flight, as did George McGill in the 3rd flight, and Gabriel Montilla in the 4th flight. Freshman Paul Jacobson provided a strong showing in his first collegiate competition, winning all three singles matches at number 6, while teaming up with Montilla to win two out of three doubles matches at number 3.
Playing the Polls: - Indiana entered the pre-season polls with a number 48 ranking, up three spots from last season's final rankings. Two teams that Indiana faces in the upcoming Invitational, Illinois and Northwestern, are ranked among the nation's top 25. The Illini post a number 20 mark, while the Wildcats enter the polls at number 24. During the fall season, the Rolex Rankings are updated only once, while they are updated six times throughout the spring campaign.
Recapping Last Season: - Indiana once again returned to the upper fourth of the Big Ten with a fourth place finish at the Conference Championships. Led by senior All-Big Ten selection Kevin Gabel, the Hoosiers managed a 15-11 overall record, while finishing 6-4 in conference play. The team finished 41st in the Rolex Rankings, jumping over forty spots throughout the season. The Hoosiers also defeated every Big Ten opponent it faced except for Purdue and Northwestern, while collecting key victories over nationally ranked Illinois and Tennesee.
Coach Ken Hydinger: - ...is entering his 14th season at the helm of the Hoosiers. He has amassed an overall record of 210-133-1 while earning a 94-66 mark in Big Ten play. In his 18 years of collegiate coaching at Indiana, Mississippi State and Southwest Missouri State, Hydinger has collected 276 victories against 178 losses and one tie. He is assisted by Steve Flanigan, who is entering his second season with the Hoosiers.
Scouting the Team: - With four freshmen and three sophomores on the roster, Hydinger will look to seniors Andrew Held and Derek Pope for leadership both on and off the court. The Hoosiers lost only three players from last year's squad and will be led by junior Scott Lippitt and senior Andrew Held in singles action. Lippitt collected 28 victories last year playing primarily at the number 4 and 5 spots while Held tallied 25 wins at the 6 spot. George McGill and Derek Pope return to a doubles team that posted a 13-9 record at the number one position last year.
Any questions about the team or interview requests should be directed to David Shepley, Men's and Women's Tennis SID, at (812) 855-9399.
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