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IU men's tennis set to take on UCF and Arizona State



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Then junior Antonio Cembellin, now a senior, celebrates after winning a point during his 1-6, 6-3, 4-6 loss to Wisconsin on April 8, 2018, at the IU Tennis Center.  Sam House Buy Photos

Another weekend, another match for IU men’s tennis. 

The University of Central Florida and Arizona State University will come to Bloomington this weekend for a date with IU on Friday and Sunday, respectively. 

UCF comes into the contest 0-4 after struggling early in its nonconference slate against top-10 teams, then-No. 10 Stanford University and No. 4 University of Florida. 

Arizona State has also had a tough road thus far as it faced the No. 1 team in the nation, and defending national champion, Wake Forest University, in its second match of the year. 

Both teams come to Bloomington in search of an important victory to boost their resumes come NCAA tournament time. 

Freshman Vikash Singh, who joined the program in January, is yearning for a win this weekend.

“They’re both really good teams coming off a really good season last year,” Singh said. “I’m really pumped to have the home crowd advantage.”

Last season did bode well for both Arizona State and UCF, as both are coming off NCAA tournament appearances — something IU hasn’t done since 2013. 

For Arizona State, playing in the PAC-12 Conference, one of the toughest conferences in the country, aids its tournament resume given the difficult teams it will face throughout the season. 

As for UCF, the team has confidence coming into this weekend after its win against IU last season. 

That said, Singh wants the Knights to know that it won’t come easy for them when they head to Bloomington this weekend.

“This is a great opportunity for us to go out there and play our best matches of the year,” Singh said. “It’s also in front of our home crowd so we have the advantage. 

For a freshman playing in his first few collegiate matches, Singh is confident about this weekend.

In the first match of his college career, Singh defeated Pavel Motl of Middle Tennessee State University last weekend. 

“We’re basically trying to go one match at a time,” Singh said. “We haven’t thought about the upcoming matches after this weekend, we’ll see how it goes from there.”

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