Indiana Defeats Michigan State, 5-2
March 31, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team won five of six singles matches to take a 5-2 victory over Michigan State on Saturday, March 31.
"We fought hard today," head coach Ken Hydinger said. "We got into a bind after the doubles and (Michigan State) had some momentum in some matches out there. Our guys did a great job of keeping their composure and working through the thing. I thought we took control of ourselves today and didn't break. I think that was the difference out there today."
With IU holding a slim 3-2 lead, David Bubenicek at No. 2 singles and Peter Antons at No. 5 singles each bounced back from first-set losses to clinch the victory for Indiana. Bubenicek defeated Alex Forger, 3-6, 6-4, 6-0, while Antons earned a hard-fought victory over Michael Flowers, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4).
In singles, Indiana won at No. 2 through No. 6 to take the victory. McLoughlin at No. 3, Arnoud Roussel at No. 4 and Mak Kendall at No. 6 each won in straight sets. Richter dropped his match at No. 1 singles to Rinks, 6-2, 6-4.
"Dara is getting on a bit of a roll for us," Hydinger said. "He's a really talented player who's picked up some singles and doubles wins for us the last few weeks."
McLoughlin has won his last five singles matches, and he and Richter have lost just one of their last six doubles matches.
The outdoor match was threatened by rain, but after a thunderstorm in the morning, the courts were dry by the noon start and the rain held off.
"Sometimes something that happens behind the scenes really makes a difference," Hydinger said. "Brent Emerick had his crew out there drying the courts as soon as the rain stopped, and I have never seen the court go from wet to dry that fast. Michigan State is a good team, and this match could have gone a different way had we been inside."
Indiana returns to action next weekend, April 7-8, with matches at Wisconsin and Northwestern.
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