Hoosiers Fall at No. 67 Purdue
Feb. 26, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The No. 69 Indiana men's tennis team fell to archrival and No. 67 Purdue, 5-2, on Feb. 26. The loss gave the Boilermakers a point in the AT&T Crimson and Gold Cup and closed the Hoosier lead to 7.5-5. IU fell to 5-5 on the year and 0-2 in Big Ten play, while Purdue evened its marks at 5-5 and 1-1 in the conference.
"We had our chances," Indiana head men's tennis coach Ken Hydinger said. "We had about six match points at the No. 2 doubles position, but we couldn't close it out. The opportunities were there in singles as well with three matches going to three sets. We have to have more toughness when given the opportunity to close out a match. That is something we are going to have to work on."
The doubles point came down to the No. 2 position. Despite numerous match-point opportunities, the Indiana tandem of freshman Peter Antons and junior David Bubenicek could not close out the Boilermaker team of Kelubia Mabatah and Scott Warner. The Purdue duo won the match in a tiebreaker, 9-8, to claim the point.
After the Boilermakers won the No. 3 doubles position, IU quickly evened it with a win at the No. 1 slot to force the decisive No. 2 match. The Hoosier group of senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin improved to 5-3 at the No. 1 spot with an 8-5 win over Purdue's Eric Hodgman and Patrick Rose.
Sophomore Michael McCarthy quickly tied the match at one with an unblemished, 6-0, 6-0, win over Matt Zollman at the No. 5 singles position. With the win, McCarthy improved to 13-9 on the season and 6-4 in dual matches.
After Purdue claimed straight set wins at the No. 2 and No. 6 singles positions, the match came down to a quartet of three-set affairs. At the No. 1 position, Ishtuganov dropped the first set 6-2 to Foster, before winning the second 6-3. The top Hoosier player could not overcome his Boilermaker foe in the third, as Foster won 6-2 to claim the point.
Senior Neil Kenner jumped out to a set advantage at the No. 4 position, only to see Mabatah comeback for the Purdue victory. Kenner won the first set 6-2, before the Boilermaker player stormed back winning the final two sets, 6-3, 7-6. McLoughlin claimed the Hoosiers' other point on the afternoon with his 10th victory of the season. After dropping the first set to Kurt Zaske, 6-1, the Dublin, Ireland, native rebounded to win the final two sets, 6-3, 7-6.
The Hoosiers will have eight days off before hosting No. 26 Notre Dame on March 7. The match is slated for 2 p.m.
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