Indiana Drops Close Match With DePaul, 4-3
Feb. 28, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The No. 68 Indiana men's tennis team dropped a closely contested contest, 4-3, to No. 75 DePaul on Wednesday afternoon.
Three players won in singles on the day, led by senior David Bubenicek at No. 1. Junior Michael McCarthy at No. 3 and senior Arnaud Roussel at No. 4 also won for the Hoosiers. Bubenicek also earned a win at No. 1 doubles with Dara McLoughlin.
"There were a lot of ways that we could have won that match," head coach Ken Hydinger said. "We had to switch up some of our doubles combinations with Thomas Richter being out. That could have easily made a difference in the final outcome of the match. We got in a position to win and didn't keep playing the same way. When you get in a position to win, your opponent is going to play all out and we need to keep playing our game when we get in that position. We've improved on a lot of things this year, and can get better.
"Ohio State is on Saturday. They are ranked No. 2, but we've beaten the No. 2 team in the country before. If we lay it on the line, we can go out and put ourselves in a position to win."
Indiana was playing without Richter, who returned home to Germany earlier this week following the death of his father. Richter has missed three matches (against DePauw, Eastern Kentucky and DePaul) to be with his family. He will return to the team following the Ohio State match.
Bubenicek took DePaul's George Wang to three sets, with a 7-5, 2-6, 10-6 victory. McCarthy won in a second-set tiebreaker over Jose Moncada, 6-1, 7-6 (9-7). Roussel also earned the win in a tiebreaker, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3) over Vanja Grgec.
In doubles, Bubenicek and McLoughlin defeated DePaul's Austin Doerner and Jose Moncada at No. 1, 8-6. At No. 2 doubles, Peter Antons and McCarthy lost a tough 9-7 match against Alasdair Graetz and George Wang, to clinch the doubles point for the Blue Demons.
DePaul won at No. 5, No. 2 and No. 6 singles to clinch the match. At No. 6, Mak Kendall took Jack Komar to three sets, falling 6-3, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1.
The Hoosiers return to action on Saturday, March 3, as they open the Big Ten schedule against No. 2 Ohio State.
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