Men's Tennis

    McLoughlin, Kendall Win As Hoosiers Fall to No. 9 Illinois, 5-2

    Go Hoosiers! McLoughlin won at No. 3 singles for Indiana against Illinois.
    Go Hoosiers!
    McLoughlin won at No. 3 singles for Indiana against Illinois.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 14, 2007


    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Despite singles wins from Dara McLoughlin and Mak Kendall, the No. 66 Indiana men's tennis team fell, 5-2, to No. 9 Illinois.

    McLoughlin defeated Ruben Gonzales, 6-1, 7-5, at No. 3 singles. He went down 5-4 in the second set before coming back to win. At No. 6 singles, Kendall bounced back from a first-set loss to defeat Brandon Davis, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

    Thomas Richter had a solid match against fifth-ranked Kevin Anderson at No. 1 singles. After dropping the first set, 6-4, he came back to win the second set, 6-4. Richter fell in the final set, 6-2. Bubenicek also played strong at No. 2 singles, facing No. 15 Ryan Rowe. He lost 7-5, 6-4.

    "Thomas should come out of this match today knowing that he can play with anyone, and he can win," head coach Ken Hydinger said. "He was in the match and had a shot at it. Dara did a good job, he lost to him last time. He did a good job regaining his composure and coming back to win after he got down. Mak also had a good win, he had been getting close and this time he closed it out. That was an improvement for him."

    In doubles, McLoughlin and Richter fell to Anderson and Rowe, who are ranked 10th, 8-5, at No. 1. At No. 3, Peter Antons and Arnaud Roussel lost in a tiebreaker, 8-7 (7-4), to Brandon Davis and Ruben Gonzales.

    "Third doubles played very well today," Hydinger said. "We switched the doubles against Wisconsin, and our scores are improving.

    "Tomorrow's game against Purdue is a rivalry match. They are going to come in and want to come at us, and we have to go at them the same way."

    The Hoosiers face the Boilermakers at noon on Sunday, April 15. The match is worth one point towards the Crimson and Gold Cup.




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