Hoosiers Drop Two at Clemson Invitational
March 11, 2007
CLEMSON, S.C. - The No. 75 Indiana men's tennis team dropped a pair of matches against top-25 teams at the Clemson Invitational, March 10-11, falling to No. 20 Clemson, 7-0, and No. 18 South Alabama, 6-1.
Against Clemson, Indiana played strong in a number of matches. At No. 1 doubles, Dara McLoughlin and Thomas Richter lost to Clement Reiz and Ryan Young, 8-6. David Bubenicek and Peter Antons lost by the same score to Jarmaine Jenkins and Kevin Fleck at No. 2.
In singles action, Bubenicek fell to Reix at No. 1 in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6. At No. 4 singles, Arnaud Roussel was up, 4-6, 1-4, on Rok Bizjak before retiring with an ankle injury.
The injury to Roussel put Indiana a man down for the match against South Alabama, forcing the Hoosiers to forfeit the No. 3 doubles match and the No. 6 singles match.
The Hoosiers claimed a win at No. 1 doubles versus the Jaguars, with Richter and McLoughlin taking the victory. Richter also won the lone singles match of the day for Indiana, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 3.
"Against South Alabama, you couldn't tell that we started the match down," head coach Ken Hydinger said. "They were fighting, which is a really positive thing to see. It was a tough situation for them to be in, and they handled it well. We had results in the first doubles match, and were close in the second. Thomas had a really big win for us, he had to move around and play smart. He is a tough kid, he has had to deal with a lot this semester and this is a great comeback for him. David played solid in both his singles matches this weekend, and Dara improved and made more adjustments in his game. Peter and Mak (Kendall) also played well.
"This was just our second day outdoors. We made improvements, got steadier and made adjustments to the outdoors. We will probably take Monday off and then start to get ready for Furman."
Indiana returns to action on Thursday, March 15, when it takes on Furman and Wofford in Clemson, S.C.
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