#2 Buckeyes Down #39 Indiana, 6-1
April 2, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The #39 Indiana University men's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to #2 Ohio State on Wednesday. Redshirt freshman Lachlan Ferguson seized a three-set victory in his singles match for the Hoosiers.
"We need to find some intrinsic motivation and make winning a habit," said Head Coach Randy Bloemendaal. "There was no difference in skill level out there today."
Indiana grabbed an early lead in the race for the doubles point, thanks to a No. 2 doubles win by Dara McLoughlin and Thomas Richter. The two seniors came out on top in a 9-7 battle with the Buckeyes' Justin Kronauge and Shuhei Uzawa. Ohio State was able to nab the final two doubles contests, however, by close scores of 8-6 and 9-7.
Ferguson began his singles match with a 6-4 first-set winner before Uzawa forced a third set with his 6-3 second-set triumph. With the team outcome already determined, the final set was shortened to a 10-point tiebreaker. Ferguson, a native of Australia, jumped out to an early lead in the tiebreaker and rode it to a 10-6 win to earn the Hoosiers a team point.
Freshman Chris Foster got the nod in the singles line-up for the first start of his Hoosier career. Playing in the No. 6 singles position, Foster gave Ohio State's Dominic Ozanne all he could handle, falling just short in the 7-5, 6-4 defeat.
No. 1- #33 Steven Moneke (OSU) def. Dara McLoughlin (IU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 2- #18 Bryan Koniecko (OSU) def. Thomas Richter (IU), 6-4, 6-3
No. 3- #17 Justin Kronauge (OSU) def. Phillip Eilers (IU), 6-3, 6-3
No. 4- Lachlan Ferguson (IU) def. Shuhei Uzawa (OSU), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-6)
No. 5- Balazs Novak (OSU) def. Santiago Gruter (IU), 6-3, 6-0
No. 6- Dominic Ozanne (OSU) def. Chris Foster (IU), 7-5, 6-4
Order of finish: (5, 1, 3, 2, 4, 6)
The Cream and Crimson will hit the courts once again on Saturday and Sunday for home matches against Wisconsin and Northwestern.
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