DII Men's Tennis: UIndy punches ticket to second straight Sweet 16
INDIANAPOLIS – Prior to Malik Tabet's hiring four years ago, the Greyhound men's tennis program had never reached an NCAA "Sweet 16". Following a 5-0 sweep of 41st-ranked Drury (13-9) Sunday, the No. 21 Greyhounds clinched their second Midwest title in as many years and are now headed to Denver for a second straight "Sweet 16" appearance.
"Just thinking back to where we were four years ago, it really is amazing what this group of guys has done," said Tabet following the win. "I'm really proud of the way we came out against this team, in this situation, and executed our gameplan."
Having earned the top seed in the Midwest region, UIndy (18-2) was awarded the luxury of not having to play an opening round match. Drury advanced to Sunday's championship with a 5-4 win over Southern Indiana, the Greyhounds' counterpart in last weekend's GLVC Championship.
Indianapolis was in control from the start against the Panthers, taking all three doubles matches in a quick fashion.
Luke Hubert and Marco Razo opened with a speedy 8-1 win over Trevor Bachus and Damien Minguez in the third spot. The win moved the pair to 15-4 on the year.
Shortly after, Magnus Mueller and Christoph Drechsler topped Sebastien Amato and Sacha Mourier 8-3 at No. 2 for their team-leading 18th win.
UIndy completed the doubles sweep with Arklon Huertas del Pino and Andrea Morlet besting the nation's 14th-ranked tandem of Maximilian Hepp and Kay Bartmann, also by an 8-3 mark.
"We really came out strong early and set the tone for the match during the doubles session," added Tabet.
Needing just two wins in the singles session, the Greyhounds took advantage of their depth, picking up two quick wins in the fifth and sixth slots.
Morlet cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of Bachus at No. 6, while Razo punched the Hounds' ticket to the Mile High City with a straight set (7-6, 6-0) win over Minguez.
Tabet continued: "We've accomplished a lot this season already, and I'm really happy for these guys. Now we have a chance to take that next step."