Hoosiers Struggle At ITA Championships
November 6, 1998Hoosiers Struggle At ITA Championships
East Lansing, Mich.-The Indiana University men's tennis team began competition at the ITA Regional Championships in East Lansing, Michigan today. The men are competing against the best players in the Midwest region this weekend. The team started the weekend tournament today with singles and doubles play.
In singles action, 17th-seed sophomore Ian Arons defeated Marquette's Bart Cordemeijer 6-2,7-6(4) in the second round after receiving a first round bye. He will play tomorrow against the number-one seeded Ryan Sachire of Notre Dame. Sophomore's Milan Rakvica and Paul Jacobson, each won their first round match, before losing in the second round. Rakvica defeated Michigan State's Todd Koata 6-4,6-3, then lost to Mark Loughrin of Wisconsin 6-4,6-3. Jacobson defeated Chicago State's David Nouwago 6-0,6-1, before losing to Cris James of of Purdue 6-3,6-4. Junior Gabriel Montilla lost in the first round to Louisville's Oliver Cantrell 6-7(5),6-2,6-1. Sophomore Brendan Storey lost his first round match to Minnesota's Jorge Duenas 6-3,6-4.
In doubles action, both teams advanced to the second round. Arons and Rakvica defeated Dayton's Kackley and Tabernik 8-5. They will play Eastern Illinois' Baker and Cook in the second round tomorrow. Montilla and freshman Rahman Smiley defeated Minnesota's Tyson Parry and Jon Svenson 9-8(5). They will face Western Michigan's Steve Pillon and Ryan Tominson tomorrow in the second round.
They will play singles and doubles action tomorrow. Depending on how they do, decides the schedule for the rest of the weekend for the Hoosiers.
Coach Ken Hydinger, "It was a disappointing day. We hoped today
would be the day that we would break through and and win some big matches.
It didn't happen. Some guys need more match experience. We lost to some
decent players, but I think that we are capable of getting those wins."
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