Hoosiers Fall to No. 32 Louisville, 6-1
Feb. 10, 2006
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Indiana men's tennis team dropped to 4-1 on the season with a 6-1 defeat at No. 32 Lousiville on Feb. 10 in the Hoosiers' first road contest of the season. Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov claimed IU's only point with a victory at the No. 1 singles.
Despite close doubles matches especially at the No. 1 slot, the Hoosiers eventually dropped the doubles point. U of L's No. 47 nationally ranked team of Jeremy Clark and Jakob Gustafsson narrowly escaped Istuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin at No. 1 doubles. The Cardinal twosome won the match, 8-7. IU dropped the No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches by a score of 8-2 as the Cardinals claimed the doubles point.
In singles, three of the six matches extended into three sets. Ishtuganov battled Damar Johnson to a 7-5, 7-5 score in the No. 1 spot. The victory ran Ishtuganov's dual match singles record to 5-0. He is 12-4 overall on the season.
Junior David Bubenicek, senior Neil Kenner and junior Arnaud Roussel saw their No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6 singles matches, respectively, got three-sets. Bubenicek won the first set, 6-3, against Louisville's Gustafsson, only to see the Cardinal come back to win the second and third sets, 6-3, 6-2.
Kenner, like Bubenicek, won the opening set in a tiebreaker at the No. 4 spot over Clark, 7-6. Clark rebounded to win the final two sets over the Hoosier senior captain, 6-0, 6-1. Roussel dropped the first set, 6-2, to Jhonny Berrido. The junior tansfer claimed the second set, 7-5, but came up short in the third set super tiebreaker.
Indiana looks to rebound on Saturday, Feb. 11, as it travels to face No. 39 Middle Tennessee State. The Hoosiers will square off against the Blue Raiders at 10 a.m., in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
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