BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Hoosiers maintained their unblemished conference record with a win over rival Purdue on Saturday. Led by stellar play from sophomore Santiago Gruter and freshman Stephen Vogl, the Hoosiers led from beginning to end for a 5-2 victory.
Gruter and freshman Jeremy Langer won a marathon doubles match to seal the doubles point in Indiana's favor. The match with Branko Kuzmanovic and P.J. Rose went back and forth until it reached an 8-8 tie. The Hoosiers took the match in the tiebreaker, winning 9-7.
Gruter won his number two singles match in straight sets. Each of the other five singles contests went to three sets. Gruter beat Kuzmanovic again in singles action, taking a 6-3, 6-2 decision.
Vogl continued his solid play, winning at number one doubles with sophomore Lachlan Ferguson and a number six singles. Vogl took singles and doubles victories at Louisville in the IU's last outing. Vogl won his singles match in three sets, taking out Thomas Wilson 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. In doubles, Ferguson and Vogl took a win to help IU take the doubles point. They defeated Slavko Bijelica and Griff Nienberg 8-4.
Up 3-2, freshman Will Kendall sealed the deal with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 win at number five singles. The Short Hills, N.J., native leads Indiana in singles wins on the year. Ferguson closed out the match with a win of his own at number one singles. The Australia product defeated Bijelica 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 7-5.
IU moves to 11-8 on the season and 3-0 in conference action, while the Boilers fall to 6-10 and 0-4 in Big Ten play. The Hoosiers have now won six of their last seven matches.
Indiana returns to action on Tuesday, March 31, when they host the Illinois Fighting Illini. For complete coverage of Indiana tennis, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.