Men’s tennis looks for revenge, first Big Ten win this weekend

Tania Ganguli

Last year Indiana State’s men’s tennis team upended Northwestern not once, but twice.

On Sunday, the Wildcats are looking for vengeance, however you describe it.

“Revenge is such a biblical word,” coach Paul Torricelli said. “We just like to win.”

The Cats (3-1) will take on Indiana State (1-2) at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Combe Tennis Center. That match will come a day after NU plays Wisconsin (2-1) at 4 p.m. at Combe.

When the teams met last February at the Great Northwest Shootout in Seattle, Indiana State won 4-3. Three months later, Indiana State swept the Cats in the NCAA tournament.

“It’s time to redeem ourselves,” senior Jackie Jenkins said.

But before the Cats can have revenge, they’ll have to fight for their first Big Ten win when they face the Badgers.

“It’s just going to be a matter of being able to play mentally,” Torricelli said. “If we can beat Wisconsin, we will get a good head of steam going into Indiana State.”

The Cats feel they’ve been seasoned by two tough matches with top 30 teams — a win over No. 28 Arkansas and a loss to No. 16 Alabama.

NU also will see some familiar faces. In fact, Perrin and freshman Adam Schaechterle know Wisconsin’s Ward Bortz on and off the court.

“We grew up together,” Schaechterle said. “Ward and I were the top two guys coming out of Wisconsin last year.”

Bortz will most likely play Perrin on Saturday.

NU vs. Wisconsin, Indiana State

Saturday, Sunday

Combe Tennis Center