Hoosiers Fall to Michigan in Big Ten Quarterfinals
April 28, 2006
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The No. 5-seed Indiana men's tennis team put up a fight, but for the second time in as many weeks, could not find an answer for No. 4 Michigan, falling 4-2 in the Big Ten Championship Quarterfinals on April 28. After dropping the doubles point, the Hoosiers claimed two singles positions and forced another two to three sets, but could not defeat the Wolverines at the Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis, Minn. No. 59 IU fell to 16-10 on the year, while No. 38 Michigan improved to 13-10.
"It was unfortunate," Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger said. "I thought they were a better indoor team than we were, and their matchups worked at No. 2 and No. 3 because they got one of those points. The doubles point was a lot closer this time, and we had our chances. We had leads at both No. 1 and No. 3, but couldn't hang on. Neil (Kenner) and David (Bubenicek) both played great matches for us at No. 4 and No. 2. It was just disappointing because we had our chance, but they didn't come true for us."
Like it did on April 23, the Wolverines claimed the doubles point. Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin hung with the No. 10 ranked team nationally in Brian Hung and Matko Maravic before falling, 8-6, at the No. 1 position. Coupled with a victory at the No. 2 doubles positions, the Wolverines jumped out to an early 1-0 lead.
The Hoosiers rebounded to gain a 2-1 lead with victories at the No. 4 and No.2 singles position. Senior Neil Kenner continued his hot streak with a straight-set victory at the No. 3 slot. Kenner won his 10th straight match in improving to 19-9 overall. The Dallas, Texas native jumped out to an early 4-1 lead over Andrew Mazlin in the first set, before claiming the opening set, 6-4. Kenner evened the team match at one with a 6-3 victory in the second set.
For the second time in as many weeks, junior David Bubenicek defeated Michigan's Ryan Heller at the No. 2 position. After claiming a three-set victory during the regular season, Bubenicek swept through Heller in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4. The Czech Republic native improved to 22-10 overall with his third consecutive victory. Bubenicek also recorded his 10th victory at the No. 2 position, while upping his dual-match mark to 16-9.
After Michigan claimed the No. 5 singles position in straight sets to even the contest at two, the Wolverines won at the No. 1 and No. 3 position in three sets to claim the team victory. Ishtuganov once again went the distance with No. 39-ranked Maravic. The two All-Big Ten selections went to three sets at the ITA Midwest Regional during the fall season and took that route again in the Big Ten Championship. After Maravic won the first set 6-4, Ishtuganov jumped out to a 5-2 lead in the second set on his way to a 6-4 victory. Maravic claimed the top point for Michigan with a 6-0 victory in the third set.
With Michigan leading 3-2, McLoughlin could not continue the momentum of claiming the first set falling at the No. 3 position. After the Dublin, Ireland native won the opening set, 7-5, Hung rallied to win the second and third sets, 6-2, 6-4, to clinch the match for the Wolverines.
The Hoosiers will await their fate in the 2006 NCAA Division I Championship selection. The announcement will be made on Wednesday, May 3, on ESPNEWS at 8:30 p.m. EST. In addition, the ESPNEWS audio signal will be available on the ESPNEWS channel on XM Radio and SIRIUS Radio. The first and second rounds of the NCAA Championship will be May 12-17 at campus sites.
The team championship competition at Stanford will begin with the round of 16 on Saturday, May 20, and continue with the quarterfinals (Sunday, May 21), semifinals (Monday, May 22) and the national championship (Tuesday, May 23). The individual championships will include a singles bracket of 64 individuals and a doubles bracket of 32 doubles teams. The first round of the singles bracket will be played Wednesday, May 24, with the doubles set to begin Thursday, May 25. Both the singles and doubles championship finals will be contested Sunday, May 28.
#39 Michigan 4, #59 Indiana 2
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