Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Off To A Strong Start At Illinois

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    October 23, 1998

    Hoosiers Off To A Strong Start At Illinois

    Champaign, Ill.--After a three week layoff, the Hoosiers started the three-day Fighting Illini Invite very strong today. The Hoosiers playing over in Champaign, Illinois, competed against players from DePaul in both singles and doubles, and against players from Iowa in doubles action.

    In singles action, the Hoosiers did not lose a set, as they swept DePaul in all seven matches that they played. Sophomore Ian Arons, playing at the number one position, defeated Greg Tranquada 6-4,7-5. At number two, junior Gabriel Montilla knocked off John Cheregi 6-3,6-1. At the number three, sophomore Paul Jacobson defeated Dan Bennett 6-3,6-4. Sophomore Milan Rakvica, playing at the number four, won his match over Robert Kurek 6-3,6-4. At the five spot, Sophomore Brendan Storey defeated Rory McKnniey 6-2,6-4. Junior Ricardo Jordan, the sixth-seed, won 6-2,6-2 over Neil Johnston. At the seventh position, sophomore Joey Balsiger defeated Jaydon Barello 6-4,6-2.

    The Hoosiers competed against both DePaul and Iowa in doubles, and split the eight matches that were played. The number one team of Arons and Montilla lost their first match to DePaul's Tranquada and Cheregi 9-8, before bouncing back with a win over Iowa's Girts Ausaps and Jason Dunn 9-7. The number two team of Jacobson and Rakvica defeated DePaul's Bennet and McKinney 8-5, before losing to Iowa's Tyler Cleveland and Ben Bamsey 9-8. Freshman Rahman Smiley and Jordan swept both of their doubles matches playing at three doubles, first defeating Kurek and Johnston 8-4, then knocking off Iowa's J.R. Chidley and Tom Buetikofer 8-4. At four doubles, Storey and Balsiger lost both matches, losing first to Barello and David Pitsch of DePaul 9-8, then losing to Iowa's Petar Mandic and Ulf Jentler 8-4.

    The Hoosier's will continue action tomorrow against players from Iowa and Miami (OH). They will compete in both singles and doubles action, playing Iowa in singles, then playing Miami (OH), in both singles and doubles.

    Coach Ken Hydinger said, "We had a good day today. We won more matches then we lost. Singles did a great job. Our doubles split and they played good, but there is still room for improvement. They have to be more aggressive. We need to play more matches the way we played today."

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