Indiana Sweeps Marquette, Northern Illinois
Feb. 3, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 59 Indiana men's tennis team earned a doubleheader sweep on Saturday, Feb. 3, defeating Marquette, 6-1, and Northern Illinois, 6-1.
"Today was a good day, we had a well-rounded effort. Both teams came at us hard," head coach Ken Hydinger said. "We came out ready to play and played with a higher energy than we did against Notre Dame earlier this week. It was good to see that improvement."
Although Indiana lost the doubles point against Marquette, the Hoosiers bounced back to win all six singles matches to earn the team win. The team gained momentum against Northern Illinois by winning the doubles point, then sweeping No. 2 through No. 6 singles.
In doubles, juniors Dara McLoughlin and Thomas Richter won both of their matches. The duo defeated Marquette's Brett Binkley and Mark Rutherford, 8-6, while downing Northern Illinois' Brian Livingston and Adam Ford in the evening, 8-6.
McLoughlin started at No. 1 singles for the first time this season, defeating Trent Hagen of Marquette in three sets, 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 6-2.
"Dara had good exposure against tough competition at No. 1 today," Hydinger said. "This was a good win for him."
Senior David Bubenicek, who played at No. 2 due to an injury, won both of his matches on the day. He defeated Stephen Shao of Marquette in three sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, then downed Northern Illinois' Alex Friesen of Northern Illinois, 6-4, 6-1."
"For David to get two wins today was great," Hydinger said. "He really fought hard and had good court smarts."
"Thomas is starting to get his feet under him and is playing well," Hydinger said. "He is seeing more playing time here, and that has made a difference in his game. Arnaud moved well on the court and was covering well in doubles today. We have also seen improvement in Mike."
Sophomores Peter Antons and Mak Kendall each won a match at No. 6 singles, Antons against Marquette's Greg Sirotek, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, and Kendall versus Javier Bernabe of Northern Illinois, 6-4, 6-0. "Mak stepped in at the last minute and played well, which is a great step for him," Hydinger said. `Peter has also improved his singles game."
The Hoosiers remain in Bloomington for their next match, as they take on DePaul and Eastern Kentucky at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., respectively, on Thursday, Feb. 15.
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