Hoosiers Start Season with Doubleheader Sweep
Jan. 21, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 60 Indiana men's tennis team kicked off the 2006 spring season with a pair of victories at the Indiana Tennis Center on Jan. 21. The Hoosiers downed defending Horizon League champion Butler, 5-2, before blowing past Bradley, 7-0. IU had to rally after trailing early against the Bulldogs, but showed no ill effects in the second match of the afternoon, as it defeated Bradley without dropping a set. Indiana upped its mark to 2-0 on the young campaign.
"I thought we played a lot better in the afternoon match against Bradley," Indiana men's tennis head coach Ken Hydinger said. "We came out with a lot of focus and did what we needed to get the job done. When you play this much tennis in one day, it can be tiring, but I think it is good for our players and their games. I think we got a lot of good out of today. We dug ourselves a hole against Butler by dropping the doubles point and losing the first set in four singles matches. It showed great composure and maturity out of our guys to comeback and take five of those singles matches."
In the morning match against Butler, the Hoosiers dug themselves a hole to start the match. Indiana dropped the doubles point and in four of the six singles affairs, Hoosier players lost the first set. The Hoosiers rallied to claim five of the six singles positions, including all four that went to three sets.
IU jumped on top early in the doubles, as freshman Peter Antons and junior David Bubenicek picked up an 8-5 win at the No. 3 spot. However, Butler grabbed the No. 1 and No. 2 positions and claimed the point.
After a Butler victory at No. 2 made it 2-0 in the match, Bubenicek brought the Hoosiers back with a win at No. 4. He defeated Parker Ross in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov showed maturity after dropping the first set 7-5 to James Low. The Kiev, Ukraine native pulled IU even to pick up the second (6-4) and third (6-2) sets against Low.
The streak of Hoosier three-set victories continued as junior Arnaud Roussel notched his first career win with the Hoosiers. The spring semester addition rallied to win the final two sets, 6-3, 6-1, at No. 6 over Scott Newmark after falling in the first, 6-4.
Senior Neil Kenner solidified the Hoosiers' opening victory with a three-set win of his own. Playing at the No. 3 position, Kenner rallied after dropping a tough first-set tiebreaker to down Andy Bartish, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4. The win upped Kenner's season mark to 6-4.
Sophomore Michael McCarthy finished off the IU victory with a three-set win at No. 5. The Cincinnati, Ohio native defeated Evan West, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.
The Hoosiers made short work of Bradley in the afternoon match. Indiana claimed all three doubles positions and then did not drop a set in singles action. Hydinger switched around the doubles lineup from the morning affair and it worked like a charm. Ishtuganov and McLoughlin, who played their first mach together as a team, were off the court first with an 8-4 win over Brian Hanus and Matt Metully at the No. 1 position.
McCarthy and redshirt freshman Mak Kendall, who also played together for the first time in a dual match, capped the doubles points for the Hoosiers with an 8-2 win at the No. 3 spot. Bubenicek and Antons moved to 2-0 on the day in picking up their fourth doubles win of the year. The duo rallied from a 7-4 deficit against Marko Marevic and Michel Macara to claim the final five games and the match.
Ishtuganov carried over his play from the morning, walking off the court first with a straight sets victory over Marevic. He moved to 9-4 on the season with a 6-3, 6-2 win.
Bubenicek continued his strong play as he dropped only one set in a victory at the No. 3 singles position. The Czech Republic native won going away, 6-1, 6-0. He has won eight of his 10 matches this season.
Kendall claimed the first singles victory of his Hoosier career to clinch the match for Indiana. He defeated Alex Roby, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 6 position. Roussel moved up one position from the morning match and rolled to a 6-1, 6-1 victory at the No. 5 spot against Bradley's Macara.
The sophomore duo of McLoughlin and McCarthy made it a clean sweep for the Hoosiers with straight set victories. McLoughlin downed Wil Lofgren at the No. 2 spot, 6-3, 6-2, and moved to 7-6 on the year. McCarthy picked up his team-leading ninth singles win over Metully, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 4.
The Hoosiers will return to action with another home doubleheader at the Indiana Tennis Center on Saturday, Jan. 28. IU will open with Toledo at 9 a.m., followed by a 3:30 p.m. contest with IPFW.
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