Hoosiers Down Iowa, 4-3, at Big Ten Championship
April 26, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team won four of the six singles matches to defeat Iowa, 4-3, at the Big Ten Championship, hosted by Purdue.
Dara McLoughlin got Indiana's first win of the match with a 7-5, 6-4, victory at No. 3 singles against Christian Bierich.
Iowa won the doubles point, and Thomas Richter (No. 1) and Peter Antons (No. 3), each fell in their respective singles matches. With Iowa up 3-1, Mak Kendall, David Bubenicek and Arnaud Roussel all closed out their singles matches to give Indiana the 4-3 win.
"We knew Iowa was going to come at us hard," head coach Ken Hydinger said. "We were the hunted today. We didn't quite close out the doubles, but we switched lineups at the beginning of the week and our guys responded well. I think we can pick it up more tomorrow. We did a good job keeping our composure and working out of it after we got down. David had a little bit of a letup in the second set, and he worked out of it. Peter played a lot better than he did at the Big Ten's last year. He and Mak were in a position to win the doubles. Dara, Mak and Arnaud all did a good job of closing it out. That's the way it should be done at this point in the season."
Kendall defeated Patrick Dwyer at No. 6, 6-3, 6-2. Bubenicek overcame a 3-0 deficit in his second set to win, 6-3, 6-4, over J.P. Ritchie at No. 2. Roussel clinched the victory at No. 4, 6-3, 6-2, over Reinould Haal.
Indiana lost a close doubles point to start the match. Richter and McLoughlin fell at No. 1 to Bart van Monsjou and Ritchie, 8-5, while Bubenicek and Roussel dropped their match at No. 2, 9-7, to Gregory Holm and Walker Grimes.
The Hoosiers (15-9) move to the second round to face Michigan. The 20th-ranked Wolverines (18-5) are seeded second in the tournament.
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