Hoosiers Win Pair, Hydinger Claims 300th Win at Indiana
March 13, 2006
DAYTONA, Fla. - With two victories on March 13 to open the Indiana men's tennis team's spring break trip, head coach Ken Hydinger became just the eighth head coach in the history of IU Athletics to claim 300 wins at the institution. Indiana opened its trip with a 6-1 victory over North Florida and a 5-0 win over Colgate. The Hoosiers improve to 7-6 on the year with the victories.
Hydinger stands at 300-221-1 over his 21-year coaching career at IU following the wins. He joined a group of elite Hoosier coaches to surpass the 300-win barrier that includes Bob Morgan (Baseball - 782 wins - 1984-2005), Bob Knight (Men's Basketball - 661 wins - 1972-2000), Lin Loring (Women's Tennis - 627 wins - 1997-Present), Jerry Yeagley (Men's Soccer - 544 wins - 1973-2003), Diane Stephenson (Softball - 402 wins - 1988-2002), Ernie Andres (Baseball - 401 wins - 1949-73) and Branch McCracken (Men's Basketball - 364 wins - 1939-43, 1947-65).
"I think it has something to do with longevity," Hydinger said of his monumental win. "I feel I have been blessed to be able to work with tennis as my career instead of having to put on a suit and work in the business world. I have been fortunate enough to be around athletes that compete hard and love the game of tennis. I didn't hit one ball to win a match, but it has been a privilege to be able to work with the individuals I have worked with and to work at Indiana."
After dropping two of the three doubles matches to open the match, the Hoosiers responded by claiming all six singles positions. The lone doubles duo to pick up a victory was junior David Bubenicek and freshman Peter Antons at the No. 2 position. The IU tandem downed Jose Terrerra and Matias Sigal, 8-4, and improved to 8-9 on the season.
Bubenicek went perfect against North Florida with a victory at No. 2 singles. North Florida's Sigal retired in the second set, trailing, 6-1, 4-1. The win upped Bubenicek's record to 14-6 overall and 8-5 in dual matches this season.
The Hoosiers swept the bottom three spots in straight sets to claim the team victory. At the No. 4 positions, senior Neil Kenner picked up his ninth victory of the season with a 6-2, 6-3 win over German Escallon. Sophomore Michael McCarthy moved to 14-10 on the year with a 6-4, 6-2 win at the No. 4 position. At the No. 6 position, junior Arnaud Roussel snapped a five-match losing streak as he downed Leonardo Gomes, 6-3, 6-3.
Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin each notched three-set victories after dropping the first sets at the No. 1 and No. 3 slots. Ishtuganov rebounded after falling in the first set, 6-4, to win the second and third, 6-3, 7-5. It was his 14th win of the season to tie him for the team lead with McCarthy and Bubenicek. McLoughlin rallied after dropping the first set, 6-3, to claim the final two, 6-0, 6-3.
"It was a good match," Hydinger said. "North Florida is a tough team. They took the doubles point, and we did a good job of fighting back to win every singles position. Considering we only had three days of practice outside, it was a good win for us and an excellent effort by the guys. It is a tough transition from indoor to outdoor. North Florida played Mississippi, who is ranked No. 5 in the country, very tough, so they are a good team. We still have a lot of tennis to play, but it was a good way to start."
In the second match of the day, the Hoosiers defeated a short-handed Colgate team with a different lineup. McLoughlin ran his winning streak to four matches with a three-set win at the No. 1 slot. It was his first career match at the No. 1 for the Hoosiers. McLoughlin and Colgate's Chris Innes split the first two sets, 6-3, before the Dublin, Ireland native claimed the third-set super tiebreaker, 10-3. McLoughlin improved to 13-11 on the year.
Roussel won his second match of the day, playing his first career match at the No. 2 singles position for the Hoosiers. He defeated Martin MacIntyre, 6-1, 6-3. It was his fourth victory since joining the Hoosiers at the start of the spring season.
Antons notched his fourth win of the season with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Mickey Gallagher at the No. 3 position. Redshirt freshman Mak Kendall claimed the final IU victory in singles at the No. 4 spot, 6-1, 6-3, over Tyler Decker. He improved to 5-1 on the year.
Isthuganov and Bubenicek teamed for the first time and claimed the win at the No. 1 doubles position. They defeated MacIntyre and Gallagher, 8-2. The Hoosiers claimed the doubles point with an 8-7 win by McCarthy and Antons at the No. 2 slot. The IU tandem downed the Colgate pair of Deck and Innes.
The Hoosiers will return to action on Wednesday, March 15, in Tampa, Fla., against South Florida. The Hoosiers will face Army on March 16 in Tampa and finish the week with a March 18 affair against Central Florida in Daytona.
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