Hoosiers Roll Past Pair of MAC Foes
Jan. 28, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 60 Indiana men's tennis team rolled to a pair of victories over Mid-American Conference foes Toledo, 6-1, and IPFW, 7-0, on Jan. 28 at the Indiana Tennis Center. In the victories, the Hoosiers won 11-of-12 singles matches and all six doubles affairs. With the wins, IU improved its record to 4-0 on the season with its second consecutive doubleheader sweep.
"We have had two weekends with two matches, and I feel like it has gotten us into better tennis shape," Indiana head men's tennis coach Ken Hydinger said. "We worked a lot on doubles this week, and we had better positioning out on the court. We changed the doubles combinations up a little bit, and I think the guys responded. We have a number of guys that are moving up in the singles lineup from a year ago, and with these matches, I feel like they are becoming more comfortable in those positions. We have two weeks to prepare for a pair of tough road matches against top-35 teams in Louisville and Middle Tennessee State. Winning matches like those would be very helpful in getting us back into the NCAA Tournament."
The Hoosiers opened the day by taking all three doubles positions against Toledo. The pair of senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin led off with an 8-2 win over Tony Tran and Mohammed Al Nabhani at the No. 1 spot. The No. 3 doubles tandem of senior Neil Kenner and redshirt freshman Mak Kendall clinched the point with a dominating 8-3 win. Both Hoosier pairs improved their records to 2-0 on the year. Freshman Peter Antons and junior David Bubenicek made it a clear sweep of the doubles and evened their season mark at 5-5 with a tiebreaker win at the No. 2 spot.
Ishtuganov continued his stellar play in singles as he disposed of Toledo's Chris Clark in 40 minutes with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at the top positions. Bubenicek made it 3-0 with a straight sets victory at the No. 4 singles position.
Kenner clinched the Indiana triumph with a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 3 over Jared Miller. It marked the second straight weekend that the Dallas, Texas native clinched a Hoosier victory with a win at the No. 3 singles slot.
McCarthy and Kendall finished off the 6-1 win for the Hoosiers. Kendall won his second match in as many tries, 6-2, 6-2, over Cristoval Toral at the No. 6 spot. McCarthy needed three sets, but still picked up the win at No. 5, 6-1, 6-7 (5), 6-2, over Josh Moran.
In the first ever matchup between IU and IPFW, the Hoosiers swept through the Mastodons, 7-0. Hydinger switched around the doubles combinations and the results stayed the same from the morning match as IU won all three positions.
Bubenicek and McCarthy teamed together for the first time at the No. 1 position against IPFW. The duo rolled to an 8-3 win over Landry Nzudie and Nabil Mourad Filho to give IU the early edge. For the second time on the day, Kenner and Kendall iced the doubles points for IU, this time with an 8-6 victory at the No. 2 slot. Antons and McLoughlin, who teamed together for the first time, took the No. 3 position in a tiebreaker.
Kendall recorded an unblemished 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 6 position over Tony Mitson. After not playing during the fall season, Kendall improved to 3-0 in spring dual matches.
Ishtuganov and McCarthy both notched their team-leading 11th singles victories of the season against IPFW. Ishtuganov moved to 4-0 at the No. 1 position with a 6-1, 6-3 win over Nzudie. McCarthy dropped only one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the No. 5 position. Ishtuganov improved to 11-4 on the year, while McCarthy upped his mark to 11-5.
McLoughlin won his eighth match of the season in straight sets at the No. 2 singles position over Mourad Filho. Bubenicek was solid once again with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Hermann Kuschke at the No. 4 slot. The Czech Republic native improved his singles ledger to a stellar 10-2.
Kenner improved to 8-4 on the season with the gutsiest performance of the day. After he claimed the first set, 6-2, Kenner began experience some discomfort in his serving shoulder. He dropped the second set, 7-5, to Carlos Gonzalez before rebounding to take the third set super tiebreaker, 10-4. Kenner's sorce shoulder forced him to serv nearly the entire second set and tiebreaker underhand, but yet still rallied to claim the three-set victory.
The Hoosiers will have two weeks to prepare for their first grueling road trip of the season. IU will face No. 32 Louisville on Feb. 10 before traveling to Murfreesboro, Tenn., to face the No. 34 Blue Raiders of Middle Tennessee State the following afternoon. Both matches are slated to start at noon.
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