MacTaggart Turning Heads for Hoosier Netters

Posted: February 20, 2011 by tconaway in IU Non Revenue Sports
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Sophomore Josh MacTaggart is quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the NCAA tennis circuit. The Barnston, U.K. native turned some heads as a freshman, winning the Big Ten Singles Championship. He was the first Hoosier to win the title since 1977. MacTaggart is one of the best Hoosier netters in recent memory.

Playing primarily as the Hoosiers’ number two singles player, MacTaggart has an 10-2 record so far in the spring season and is 2-2 against ranked opponents. He is ranked as the #80 player in the nation, and is the #10 ranked player in the Big Ten according to the College Tennis Online singles rankings. In doubles play, MacTaggart and his partnesr are 11-1, and most of the matches have not even been close. His efforts have also earned him a Big Ten Player of the week honor. No Hoosier has done that since 2007.

MacTaggart during a singles match against Kentucky

By mere record alone, MacTaggart has already improved considerably. He is facing more difficult competition this year, since he was the primary number three singles player last year.The sky is the limit for MacTaggart this season. He will only get better and by the time he is a senior, he will be one of the premier tennis players not only in the Big Ten, but in the entire NCAA.

For a squad that is considered to be a middle of the pack Big Ten team, MacTaggart brings something extra for Indiana’s tournament aspirations. As long as he can keep up his quality play, he will increase the Hoosiers’ chances at going dancing in the NCAA tournament in May.


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