Indiana holds off late Louisville charge
Hoosiers earn program-record 24th win of year in opening round
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Indiana (24-9, 7-4 Big Ten) defeated Louisville 4-2 in a thrilling match in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The victory marks the second NCAA tournament win in program history and set the IU single-season wins record.
"Our hats are off to Louisville," Indiana head coach Randy Bloemendaal said. "They fought really hard all day long. We had the lead and I think we played a little bit tight there at the end in those situations. Overall, our guys played pretty well."
The Hoosiers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the matchup before Louisville rallied to pull within one, but clutch play late at six singles by Dimitrije Tasic sealed the win for Indiana.
Josh MacTaggart and Alastair Barnes got things going for the Cream and Crimson, notching a win at No. 2 doubles 8-3 against Sebastian Stiefelmeyer and Robert Hall. Stephen Vogl and Will Kendall sealed the doubles point with a victory at No. 3 vs. Adam Donaldson and Michael Lippens by a score of 8-4.
Isade Juneau continued the Hoosier momentum into singles, defeating Andrew Carter, 6-1, 7-5, at the No. 1 position. Vogl followed that up shortly after with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Lippens at No. 2 singles to give IU the 3-0 lead.
The Cardinals notched a pair of wins at the No. 3 and No. 5 spots to pull within one point. Albert Wagner defeated Langer by a score of 6-2, 6-4 at No. 3 and Kendall fell to Hall 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 as the Cardinals closed the deficit.
As MacTaggart and Stiefelmeyer were battling at No. 2 singles, Tasic came through with the 6-4, 7-6 (6) victory at No. 6 Luis Elizondo to clinch the victory for the Hossiers.