The No. 22 Hoosiers will have their first home tennis match at 1 p.m. today in the Indoor Tennis Center against No. 9 Kentucky, and will follow it up against Wright State at 6 p.m.
The Hoosiers will seek to peg back a University of Notre Dame team rolling into Bloomington on a wave of momentum today as the two squads reprise their intrastate rivalry. The teams are scheduled to face each other at 2 p.m. at the IU Tennis Center.
Despite being competitive in its first two road matches, IU returned home empty-handed in both cases, failing to register a single point at Kentucky or Ohio State. This weekend, the team will travel to the Sooner State in search of its first away victory in a Sunday showdown with No. 19 Oklahoma.
The Hoosiers, who debuted at No. 29 — one spot above last year’s final standing — in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association national team rankings released Tuesday, have gone 21-8 thus far at the event, with wins against opponents representing Louisville, Radford and Alabama.
Forty-eight long years have elapsed since the team won a Big Ten Championship, but players and coaches are brimming with confidence and optimism ahead of the upcoming season, fully convinced they are capable of bringing the conference title to Bloomington.
The Hoosiers participated in the Western Michigan Invitational in Kalamazoo, Mich. The team finished with five wins in singles play.
Senior Will Kendall joined junior Josh MacTaggart, who was the top overall seed in the tournament, in the last eight of singles action. Both were defeated while vying for a spot in the semifinals.
The IU men’s tennis team travels to Iowa City, Iowa, for the Big Ten Men’s Indoor Tennis Championships, hoping to muster another strong showing and continue to build on its early momentum. The tournament starts Friday and lasts through Monday.
Ten years later, senior IU tennis player Will Kendall can still vividly recall the moment his life came to a sudden and unexpected halt.