Hoosiers Begin Spring Break With 4-3 Win Over SMU
March 11, 2008
DALLAS, Texas - In the first match since obtaining their highest national ranking since 2001, the #31 Indiana University men's tennis team nabbed a 4-3 road win at #65 Southern Methodist on Monday. Indiana improves to 10-2 on the season with the win.
The doubles point ended up being the difference-maker for the Hoosiers, who won two of the three matches. At No. 3, Peter Antons and Santiago Gruter dropped SMU's David Kuczer and Adham el-Effendi, 8-4, improving to 8-0 as partners during the dual match springs season and 17-2 overall in 2007-08.
The doubles point hinged on the No. 2 doubles duo of Thomas Richter and Dara McLoughlin after the No. 1 doubles contest went in favor of the Mustangs. Indiana's tandem rose to the occasion in a close one, earning the team doubles point with a 9-7 besting of Oivind Alver and Chris Hooshyar.
Depth proved to be a large factor in IU's victory as the top three singles matches were won by Southern Methodist while singles matches No. 4, 5 and 6 all ended with Hoosier straight-set W's.
Lachlan Ferguson was a 7-6, 6-3 victor at No. 4 singles and Michael McCarthy posted a 7-5, 6-3 triumph in the fifth singles match. Santiago Gruter garnered a win as well, defeating Adolfo Solares by a score of 6-3, 6-4.
Richter and McLoughlin each gave their foes, whom are both present in the latest ITA singles rankings, a tight match. Richter grabbed the first set 6-2 over #117 David Kuczer before dropping the final two sets. McLoughlin, meanwhile, fell just short in a 6-4, 7-6 setback to #62 Robin Fahgen.
1. #117 David Kuczer (SMU) def. Thomas Richter (IU) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
2. #62 Robin Fahgen (SMU) def. Dara McLoughlin (IU) 6-4, 7-6
3. Alex Skrypko (SMU) def. Phillip Eilers (IU) 6-3, 7-5
4. Lachlan Ferguson (IU) def. Chris Hooshyar (SMU) 7-6, 6-3
5. Michael McCarthy (IU) def. Oivind Alver (SMU) 7-5, 6-3
6. Santiago Gruter (IU) def. Adolfo Solares (SMU) 6-3, 6-4
The Cream and Crimson continue their spring break trip down in Texas on Wednesday, squaring off with #19 Texas A&M in College Station.
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