Hoosiers Shake Rough Night, Dominate Iowa, 7-0
April 14, 2006
IOWA CITY, Iowa - After an interesting and dangerous first night in Iowa, the No. 64 Indiana men's tennis team turned in a dominating performance in a 7-0 victory over Iowa at the newly christened West Campus Tennis and Recreational Center on April 14. Despite facing a pair of tornadoes, which forced the Hoosiers to spend nearly an hour under an overpass the night before, IU won two of three doubles matches and all six singles positions to claim the victory. Indiana improved to 14-8 overall and 3-4 in Big Ten action.
"After not having the easiest of nights the day before the match, I felt like the guys did a very good to pull the match out," Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger said. "It was the inaugural match on their new courts and the stands were packed. Our guys did a good job of focusing and played hard. We had a few letdowns in some second sets, but the guys came back to pull out he final sets. We played some good quality tennis on the road in the tough environment."
On Thursday night as the Hoosiers returned home from dinner, the players spotted a funnel cloud on the ground in front of the van. The team retreated to an overpass and remained under the structure for around 40 minutes. A motorist also seeking shelter under the overpass had a radio in which it was confirmed that there were two tornadoes within miles of the team's location. In fact, three roofs were blown off dormitories on the Iowa campus.
"It was definitely an interesting night, and I am glad we made it out alright," Hydinger said. "That was something that I have never experience in my life."
In the match on Friday, the Hoosiers claimed the doubles point with victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin cruised past Brett Taylor and Kyle Markham, 8-2, to improve their season mark to 11-8 overall and 4-3 in the Big Ten. The No. 3 duo of senior Neil Kenner and sophomore Michael McCarthy clinched the point with an 8-4 win over Aaron Schaechterle and Christian Bierich. The Hoosier pair is 8-3 on the year and have won eight of their last nine matches.
McLoughlin became the first Hoosier to win 20 matches this season with a victory at the No. 3 position. He disposed of J.P. Ritchie in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, to improve to 20-13 overall and 4-3 in Big Ten action.
Kenner ran his winning streak to a career best seven matches with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Taylor at the No. 4 position. With the victory, the Dallas, Texas native upped his season mark to 16-9, including a team-best 5-2 ledger in conference affairs.
Juniors David Bubenicek and Arnaud Roussel also won in straight sets for the Hoosiers. Bubenicek improve to 19-9 on the year with his 13th dual-match victory over Bierich at the No. 2 slot. Roussel downed Mat Sawin, 6-0, 6-1, at the No. 6 slot. It was his 10th overall victory and second Big Ten win of the season.
Ishtuganov and McCarthy each went three sets in rounding out the sweep for the Hoosiers. Both players notched their 19th victories on the year as Ishtuganov won at the No. 1 position, while McCarthy claimed the No. 5 spot. Ishtuganov recorded his sixth three-set win of the year, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, over Bart van Mousjou. McCarthy also won his sixth three setter of the year, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 over Gregory Holm.
The Hoosiers continue their two-match Big Ten road swing against No. 38 Minnesota on Saturday, April 15. The match is slated for the Baseline Tennis Center at noon.
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