Hoosiers Battle, Fall at No. 39 MTSU
Feb. 12, 2006
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - The No. 60 Indiana men's tennis team dropped its second straight road contest to a top-40 team as it fell to No. 39 Middle Tennessee State, 5-2, on Feb. 11. The Hoosiers got off to a good start and captured the doubles points, only to fall in five of the six singles affairs. IU fell to 4-2 on the year, while the Blue Raiders improved to 3-1.
In doubles, MTSU jumped on top early with an 8-4 victory at the No. 2 position. The Hoosiers' No. 3 team of redshirt freshman Mak Kendall and sophomore Mike McCarthy picked up an 8-6 win over Greg Pollack and Rishan Kuruppu to even the doubles at one. Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin gave IU the 1-0 lead following doubles with a 9-7 victory over Brandon Allen and Kai Schledorn. Ishtuganov and McLoughlin improved to 3-1 as a tandem this season in the victory over a team that was ranked in the preseason ITA doubles top 10.
At the No. 1 singles position, Ishtuganov fell for the first time in five six matches against nationally ranked Born. The No. 97 player in the nation defeated the Hoosiers' top player, 6-4, 6-3, to knot the match at one. It was the first loss of the spring season for Ishtuganov, who fell to 12-5 on the year.
Junior David Bubenicek once again put the Hoosiers on top, 2-1, with a victory at the No. 3 singles position. Bubenicek improved to 11-3 overall with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Schledorn. He also upped his record to 2-1 at the No. 3 position. The lead for IU was short lived as Middle Tennessee claimed the final four singles matches to pick up a 5-2 victory.
Indiana will return to the court with home matches on Feb. 18 and 19. The Hoosiers will host Murray State at noon on Saturday, Feb. 18, before hosting instate foe Ball State at the same time on Sunday, Feb. 19.
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