Hoosiers Win First Big Ten Match, 6-1 over Iowa
March 25, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team won its first Big Ten match of the season with a 6-1 victory over Iowa.
The Hoosiers (11-7, 1-2 Big Ten) began the day by winning the doubles point with victories at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles. The duo of Thomas Richter and Dara McLoughlin defeated the team of Bart van Monsjou and J.P. Ritchie, 8-6 at No. 1, while Arnaud Roussel and Mak Kendall defeated Christian Bierich and Tommy McGeorge at No. 3, 8-3.
In singles, Indiana won five of the six matches. At No. 1, Richter, who is ranked at No. 103 by the Intercollegiate Tennis Assocation (ITA) won by default over van Monsjou, 3-6, 6-1, 2-3, with van Monsjou retiring in the third set. David Bubenicek defeated Bierich, 6-1, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, and McLoughlin earned a win at No. 3 over Ritchie, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6).
Roussel and Kendall rounded out Indiana's wins at No. 4 and No. 6, respectively. Roussel earned his 20th singles win of the season, downing Reinoud Haal, 6-4, 6-4, while Kendall defeated Holm in three sets, 4-6, 6-1, 6-2.
"We improved our play today," head coach Ken Hydinger said. "First and third doubles played a lot better for us. David didn't play as well in doubles, but really turned it around in singles. Arnoud got a big lead early and closed it out. Dara had a good weekend, he is adjusting to playing outside and was working the points well and is getting steadier. Thomas struggled early but gained momentum as the match went on and worked hard for the win. Mak, that was probably the best I've seen him play. He fought hard and minimized his errors today."
Indiana returns to the court on Saturday, March 31, when it takes on Michigan State in Bloomington at noon.
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