Hoosiers Edge Past Northwestern, 4-3
April 8, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. - The No. 71 Indiana men's tennis team edged past No. 57 Northwestern, 4-3, on Sunday, April 8. David Bubenicek clinched the victory with a marathon win at No. 2 singles over No. 107 Christian Tempke, 6-1, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-4).
After dropping the doubles point, the Hoosiers swept No. 1 through No. 4 singles to take the win. Dara McLoughlin won the first match, making quick work of Marc Dwyer at No. 3, 6-0, 6-3, to earn his 20th victory of the season. Thomas Richter defeated Willy Lock at No. 1, 6-2, 6-4, while Arnaud Roussel downed Matt Christian, 6-4, 7-5, at No. 4, giving Indiana a 3-1 lead.
Peter Antons dropped his match at No. 5 and Mak Kendall lost in three sets at No. 6, tying the match at 3-3, before Bubenicek battled from behind to beat Tempke for the win. He was down 5-3 in the third set before coming back to force a tiebreaker.
"I don't think there is a team that has fought any better than that this year, and I am very pleased to be part of a good team effort like that," head coach Ken Hydinger said. "Yesterday, we lost in the doubles and fought back, and today we were so close in the doubles but came out and jumped on them in singles. David played a good senior. It was an up and down match and it wasn't easy. He got down and battled through it, kept working, chipped away and broke him down. Thomas and Dara also did very well, they didn't let up."
Although Richter and McLoughlin won at No. 1 doubles, 8-4, over Lock and Christian, the Hoosiers fell at No. 2 and No. 3 doubles to give the Wildcats the doubles point.
Indiana returns to action on Saturday, April 14, against Illinois in Bloomington.
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