Indiana Falls to No. 4 Ohio State
April 7, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 66 Indiana men's tennis team concluded its three-match Big Ten homestand with a 6-1 loss to No. 4 Ohio State on April 7 at IU Varsity Tennis Courts. The Hoosiers dropped to 13-8 on the season and 2-4 in Big Ten action, while the Buckeyes improved to 17-1 overall and 5-0 in conference play.
The lone Hoosier point on the day came at the No. 4 singles position. Senior Neil Kenner ran his winning streak to six matches with a three-set victory over Ross Wilson of Ohio State. The Dallas, Texas native took an early lead on Wilson by claiming the first set, 6-4. Wilson rallied to force a third and deciding set with a 6-2 victory in the second. With the outcome of the team match already decided, Kenner rallied to claim the super tiebreaker, 10-8. With the victory, Kenner moved to 15-9 on the year and 4-2 in conference play.
Ohio State claimed the doubles point to start the match by winning all three positions. At the No. 2 position, freshman Peter Antons and junior David Bubenicek fell to OSU's Devin Mullings and Chris Klingemann , 8-1. The Buckeye's No. 3 duo of Drew Edberly and Bryan Koniecko clinched the point with an 8-3 victory over Kenner and sophomore Michael McCarthy.
The Hoosiers' No. 1 tandem of senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin put up a fight against one of the top teams in the country. The IU pair held even at 4-4 before the Buckeye team of Scott Green and Ross Wilson won four of the remaining five points to notch the victory. Green and Wilson entered the match ranked second nationally in the ITA Fila doubles rankings.
The Buckeyes went on to claim five of the six singles positions in garnering the team victory. The Ohio State lineup featured a trio of players ranked among the top 83 players nationally in the latest ITA Fila singles rankings released on April 5.
At the No. 3 spot, McLoughlin was edged out by No. 49 Koniecko of Ohio State, 6-3, 6-2. In the No. 5 position, Dennis Mertens picked up the win over McCarthy in two sets, 6-0, 6-3, to give OSU a 3-0 lead in the team score.
OSU's No. 83 Mullings recorded the clinching victory at the No. 2 position. Bubenick fell to 18-9 on the year with a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Mullings. The Hoosiers also lost hard fought matches at the No. 1 and No. 6 spots. In the No. 1 spot, Ishtuganov led in both sets beforing falling to No. 76 Klingemann, 6-4, 6-4. In the No. 6 position, junior Arnaud Roussel followed dropped a back-and-forth match to Eberly, 6-4, 6-4.
The Hoosiers will begin a two match road swing when they travel to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes on April 14. IU will then travel to No. 40 Minnesota for a noon time slot on April 15.
No. 4 Ohio State 6, No. 66 Indiana 1
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