Men's Tennis Notches W, 5-2 Over Northwestern
April 6, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana University men's tennis team earned a hard-fought victory on Sunday over the visiting Wildcats of Northwestern. Indiana improves to 13-6 overall and 3-3 in the Big Ten following the 5-2 besting of the Wildcats.
The Hoosiers had won the doubles point in their previous 12 team wins, but Sunday was not the same as Northwestern took the first and third doubles contests. Indiana seniors Dara McLoughlin and Thomas Richter notched their 61st and 59th career doubles wins, respectively. Their 8-6 triumph over Juan Gomez and David Seyferth puts them both one step closer to the IU record books, closing in on the all-time top ten for career doubles wins. David Held currently resides in the No. 10 position with 62 doubles wins from 1990-93.
Northwestern's momentum was quickly snapped, however, at the beginning of singles play. Phillip Eilers, Richter and Santiago Gruter each rolled to straight-set wins, putting the Hoosiers ahead 3-1. A defeat at No. 4 singles then put the pressure on seniors Michael McCarthy and McLoughlin to obtain the crucial fourth team point.
Each Hoosier dropped their first set before bouncing back in the second set to force a third frame. It was McCarthy's 6-3 third set winner that clinched the team score for the Cream and Crimson. McCarthy's brother, Andrew, is a freshman on the Northwestern squad, but did not play on Sunday. With the team victory already in hand, McLoughlin had little trouble in his third set, cruising 6-1.
No. 1- Dwyer/Sanborn (NU) def. Eilers/Ferguson (IU), 8-5
No. 2- McLoughlin/Richter (IU) def. Gomez/Seyferth (NU), 8-6
No. 3- Rispoli/Thams (NU) def. Antons/Gruter (IU), 8-2
Order of finish: (3, 1, 2)
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