April 26, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The seventh-seeded Indiana Hoosiers closed out the first day of competition at the 2007 Big Ten Championship with a come-from-behind win over 10th-seeded Iowa. The Hoosiers rallied behind their singles efforts to pull out a 4-3 victory to advance to Friday's quarterfinal round.
The Hoosiers, who improved to 15-11 overall, will face second-seeded Michigan at 2 p.m. ET on Friday.
The underdog Hawkeyes struck first, taking the doubles point with two hard-fought wins in the Nos. 1 and 2 matches.
The Iowa team of Bart van Monsjou and J.P. Ritchie took out Indiana's Dara McLoughlin and Thomas Richter (8-5) before Gregory Holm and Walker Grimes clinched the team point with a narrow 9-7 win over Arnaud Roussel and David Bubenicek.
In singles, van Monsjou quickly stretched the Hawkeye lead to 2 with a straight-set victory over Indiana's Thomas Richter. No. 5 Tommy McGeorge dispatched the Hoosiers' Peter Antons next, putting the Hawkeyes within in one point of clinching the team win.
Mak Kendall got the Hoosiers' run started in No. 6 singles, taking out Patrick Dwyer. His teammate Bubenicek leveled the match with a straight-set win over Iowa's J.P. Ritchie in No. 2 singles.
With the No. 4 singles match remaining as the bout's decisive point the crowd gathered to see Roussel rocket a cross-court winner to seal his win over Indiana's Reinoud Haal (6-3, 6-2 ) and the team victory for the Hoosiers.