April 15, 2011
Site: Bloomington, Ind.
Score: No. 23 Indiana 5, No. 72 Northwestern 2
Records: NU (11-10, 2-5 Big Ten), Indiana (21-4, 8-0 Big Ten)
Next NU Event: Sunday, April 17 at Purdue West Lafayette, Ind. 11 a.m. CT
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Victories at the No. 1 and 3 singles spots by junior Joshua Graves and sophomore Spencer Wolf, respectively, were not enough to lift No. 72 Northwestern to an upset victory of Big Ten leader and 23rd-ranked Indiana as the Wildcats fell, 5-2.
Indiana fought its way to a sweep of doubles play, including a tough 8-5 win by the 62nd-ranked pair of Santiago Gruter and Jeremy Langer over NU's No. 1 tandem of Graves and Wolf.
The Hoosiers went on to clinch a dual win on their Senior Day by winning the first four singles decisions off the courts. Northwestern sophomore Raleigh Smith suffered a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Isade Juneau at No. 4 while junior Tobias Reitz surrendered a 6-3, 6-2 outcome to Stephen Vogl.
Two more wins at No. 6 and No. 4 singles put the match out of reach for Northwestern, but the Wildcats continued to fight. Graves, currently ranked No. 125 in the Campbell's/ITA College Tennis poll, led Jeremy Langer a set and 4-3 before Langer opted to retire with the dual match decided.
Wolf went the distance against a ranked opponent in No. 114 Josh MacTaggart, edging MacTaggart in the third-set super tiebreaker 10-7 after the splitting the first two sets, 3-6, 6-1. It was Wolf's 10th singles victory of the dual season.
Northwestern will look to score its third Big Ten win in its final regular-season road match when it takes on Purdue at 11 a.m. Sunday in West Lafayette.
No. 23 Indiana 5, Northwestern 2
1: #125 Joshua Graves (NU) def. Jeremy Langer (IU), 6-4, 4-3, ret.
2: Santiago Gruter (IU) def. Sidarth Balaji (NU), 6-4, 6-4
3: Spencer Wolf (NU) def. #114 Josh MacTaggart (IU), 3-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7)
4: Isade Juneau (IU) def. Raleigh Smith (NU), 6-1, 6-0
5: Stephen Vogl (IU) def. Tobias Reitz (NU), 6-3, 6-2
6: Dimitrije Tasic (IU) def. Eric Spector (NU), 6-2, 6-3
#62 Gruter/Langer (IU) def. Graves/Wolf (NU), 8-5
MacTaggart/Vogl (IU) def. McCarthy/Reitz (NU), 8-4
Juneau/Kendall (IU) def. Jackman/Smith (NU), 8-4
Order of Finish:
Singles (4, 5, 6*, 2, 1, 3)
Doubles (2, 3*, 1)
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