Hoosiers Fall to Ball State, 6-1
Feb. 19, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 60 Indiana men's tennis team dropped a tough match to No. 69 Ball State, 6-1, at the Indiana Tennis Center on Feb. 19. The Hoosiers fall to 5-3 on the year while the Cardinals improve to 9-3.
"We have to come back and get to work on Tuesday. We have some opportunities and we are not taking them right now," said head coach Ken Hydinger. "We had chances to create opportunities and we didn't take advantage of that. We need to get better physically, get tougher and more aggressive."
Junior David Bubenicek played in his highest spot of the season playing at No. 2 singles as he pulled in IU's only win of the match. Bubenicek defeated sophomore Joe Epkey, 7-6 (4), 6-4, to collect his 13th win of the season, tying him for the team lead with senior Dmytro Ishtuganov.
McCarthy dropped a tough battle with BSU senior Patrick Thompson that ended with a marathon tie-breaker, 6-1, 5-7, 12-10, to close out the afternoon.
In doubles, the No. 1 tandem of Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin fell to Ball State's duo of senior Matthew Baccarani and Joe Epkey, 8-4. In No. 2 doubles action, freshman Peter Antons and Bubenicek were defeated by senior Tony Epkey and his brother, sophomore Jarred Epkey, 8-3, clinching the point for Ball State. To finish the BSU doubles sweep, Thompson and freshman Joe Vallee beat freshman Mak Kendall and sophomore Michael McCarthy, 8-5.
Indiana hits the Big Ten circuit opening its conference season at No. 3 Illinois on Feb. 25. The Hoosiers then travel to West Lafayette to take on No. 71 Purdue on Feb. 26 with both matches starting at noon.
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