Richter Upsets Hung, Hoosiers Fall to Michigan at Big Ten Championship, 4-1
April 27, 2007
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Junior Thomas Richter upset No. 48 Brian Hung at No. 1 singles, but the Indiana men's tennis team fell to Michigan, 4-1, at the Big Ten Championships, hosted by Michigan.
Indiana dropped the doubles point behind losses at No. 2 and No. 3. The duo of Richter and Dara McLoughlin were up, 7-6, on 8th-ranked Matko Maravic and Hung at No. 1 doubles before the match ended after the doubles point was decided.
Richter scored Indiana's point with his win at No. 1 singles, 6-4, 6-4. He had lost to Hung in the regular season, 6-4, 7-5.
David Bubenicek pushed No. 49 Maravic to three sets before falling 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, to give Michigan the win.
McLoughlin held a lead in his third set at No. 3 singles, 3-6, 7-5, 3-1, over Andrew Mazlin before the match was suspended. Mak Kendall split sets with George Navas at No. 6, winning the first set, 7-5, 4-6.
"I give our guys a lot of credit," head coach Ken Hydinger said. "This team defeated us pretty good a week ago on their home court, but our guys came ready to play today. We raised the level of our game, the guys came together as a team and we played with focus and emotion. Thomas had a tough day yesterday, and he turned it around today. That would have been a great win at No. 1 doubles. Mak was playing one of his best matches of the year at No. 6. David aggravated an injury against a tough opponent. Dara did a good job coming back, he got mentally tougher as the game went on."
The match marked the final competitions for seniors Bubenicek and Roussel.
"I am sad to see this season end because I thought this team could still get better," Hydinger said. "I am sad to see David and Arnaud leave because they are both very honest, they cared about the team, they are good citizens and were appreciative of the opportunities they had here. They are kids that you like and young men that you respect. The way this team came together and was fighting gives our returning players something to shoot for next year. We have a number of guys coming in who are very good athletes. With the mentality that we've developed, I am looking forward to next season."
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