McCarthy, Bubenicek Notch 20th Wins as IU Dominates Spartans
April 21, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 58 Indiana men's tennis team reeled off its third straight victory in dominating fashion over Michigan State, 6-1, at the Varsity Tennis Courts on April 21. Junior David Bubenicek and sophomore Michael McCarthy became the third and fourth 20-win Hoosiers this season with victories at the No. 5 and No. 2 positions, respectively. Along with senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin, it gave IU the most 20-win players since the 1999-00 season when the program had five. The Hoosiers improved to 16-8 overall and 5-4 in Big Ten action.
"You can not do the job in much better fashion than the guys did it on Friday," Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger said. "Looking at the scores, it is hard to beat a Big Ten opponent like that. This team has been showing signs of progress since late winter, and I feel like this is another indication of it. It put us in the position we wanted to be in. We have a chance with a win over Michigan on Sunday to get a good seed in the Big Ten Tournament and possibly get us into the NCAA Tournament."
The Hoosiers claimed the first two doubles matches off the court at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. The IU duo of senior Neil Kenner and McCarthy steamrolled to its 10th win of the season with an 8-0 win over Scott Rasmussen and Chris Walker. After dropping their first two matches of the season as a team, Kenner and McCarthy wasted little time in notching their 10th win in their last 11 matches. They are also 6-1 in Big Ten play.
The pair of freshman Peter Antons and junior David Bubenicek closed out the doubles point for IU with a victory at the No. 2 position. The Hoosier tandem disposed of Michael Flowers and John Allare, 8-4, for its 12th overall victory of the season and second in Big Ten play.
Kenner increased the Hoosier advantage by making quick work of Flowers at the No. 4 slot. The Dallas, Texas native recorded his eighth straight victory and second of the season over Flowers with a 6-0, 6-0 win. The two met earlier when IU and Michigan State played in fall competition at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational in September. The unblemished singles slate gave Kenner a perfect day after he won his doubles match with McCarthy, 8-0. Kenner improved to 17-9 on the season and 6-2 in Big Ten action.
Junior Arnaud Roussel followed suite with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 6 slot. Roussel defeated Chris Walker for his third straight win. He improved to 12-8 overall in notching his fourth Big Ten singles victory.
After trading breaks though the opening three games, McCarthy rattled off 10 straight games to claim the match. The Cincinnati native defeated Rasmussen, 6-1, 6-0, in improving to 20-15 overall. It marked the second time the two had played this season with McCarthy also defeating Rasmussen in straight sets at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational.
Bubenicek garnered his second straight 20-win season with his milestone victory at the No. 2 position. The Czech Republic native improved to 20-10 overall while recording his fourth Big Ten win of the year. Leading 2-1 in the first set, Bubenicek reeled off four of the final six games of the set to claim it, 6-3, before rolling past Adam Monich, 6-1, in the second.
Ishtuganov avenged an earlier loss this season to Nick Rink in a third-set super tiebreaker. After neither player broke the other in the first set, Ishtuganov jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the tiebreaker. Rink, who is ranked No. 101 nationally, pulled even at five, before the Hoosiers' top singles player won the final two points to claim the first set, 7-6 (5).
Ishtuganov, who garnered his first career ranking at No. 112 this past week, jumped out to an early 4-1 advantage in the second set and appeared as though he would cruise to the victory. Down 5-2, Rink won five straight games to claim the second set, 7-5. With the outcome of the team match already decided, the No. 1 singles position came down to a 10-point super tiebreaker. Ishtuganov jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Rink closed to 3-2. Leading 6-4, Ishtuganov won three straight points and eventually put away the Spartans' top player, 10-5, in the super tiebreaker.
"Dmytro won a good match at No. 1," Hydinger said. "(Rinks) is a very tough and talented player. You want to say that is a good win for Dmytro, but he has been having a bunch of good wins lately."
The win was Ishtuganov's 21st on the season and his fourth against a ranked opponent. He improved to 14-9 at the No. 1 position and 5-4 in Big Ten action.
The Hoosiers return to action on Sunday, April 23, when they face No. 39 Michigan. The match is slated for noon at the Varsity Tennis Courts. It will be the final home match in the careers of senior players Neil Kenner and Dmytro Ishtuganov along with senior manager Daniel Schoch.
"All these guys, Neil, Dmytro and Daniel, have been good citizens," Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger said. "They have been respectful and appreciative of things they have been given, and they have done a good job of working. I hope that on Sunday some folks can come out, be here for their last home match and show them some appreciation because they have put in some years of hard work. I know they love Indiana University."
No. 58 Indiana 6, Michigan State 1
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