Hoosier Singles Show Well at Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational
Sept. 25, 2005
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Indiana men's tennis team opened the fall season at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational with strong play in the singles. The Hoosiers began the competition on Friday, Sept. 23, with singles matches against Michigan State and doubles matches against Brown. On Saturday, Sept. 24, IU battled Brown in singles before facing Wake Forest and Michigan State in doubles.
"Overall, the guys have competed well," Indiana head men's tennis coach Ken Hydinger said. "I feel like we are ahead of where I thought we would be at this point of the season in singles, but we still have work to do to get where we need to be. We will continue to work hard and improve."
Against the Spartans, IU captured four of the six singles competitions. Sophomore Dara McLoughlin picked up a come-from-behind three-set victory over MSU sophomore Adam Monich. After dropping the first set, in a tiebreak, 7-6 (5), the Irishman took the second set, 6-3. McLoughlin captured the clinching third-set 10-point tiebreaker, 11-9. Monich played primarily at the No. 4 singles position for MSU last season, amassing a 15-16 mark. The match showed the strides McLoughlin has made after playing almost exclusively in doubles during his rookie campaign.
"Dara has made a big jump up for us playing at No. 2," Hydinger said. "He beat a good opponent, and he is going to keep improving."
Senior Neil Kenner cruised past MSU junior Michael Flowers. Kenner dropped only one point, sweeping the match in straight sets. Sophomore Michael McCarthy won his homecoming in straight sets. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native downed Spartan freshman Scott Rasmussen, 6-1, 7-6 (4). Junior David Bubenicek rounded out the Hoosier singles winners against MSU, downing freshman John Allare, 6-2, 6-2.
Indiana narrowly missed taking the singles against defending Ivy League Champion Brown on Saturday. IU captured three of the seven matches competed and lost two of the singles matches in three sets.
Kenner and Bubenicek remained perfect in singles competition at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational with straight-set victories. Kenner defeated senior Phil Charm, 6-4, 6-3, at the No. 3 spot. Charm was one of Brown's top singles players a season ago, winning 21 matches. Bubenicek upped his mark to 2-0 with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Senior Luke Tedaldi.
"Neil Kenner has continued to look impressive," Hydinger said. "He worked really hard over the summer and it has carried over to this tournament. So far, Neil has won all his matches in straight sets."
Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov picked up the victory at the No.1 position for the Hoosiers. He defeated sophomore Saurabh Kohli, 6-1, 6-4. The victory evened Ishtuganov's mark at 1-1 after he fell at the No. 1 spot on Friday. Kohli was 14-9 in 2004-05 for Brown.
"Dmytro has been a real surprise for us at No. 1 this weekend," Hydinger said. "He defeated a tough opponent on Saturday and lost to a guy on Friday who probably we an All-Big Ten selection. "
McLoughlin at No. 2 and McCarthy at No. 4 both dropped three-set heartbreakers. McLoughlin fell to Brown junior Eric Thomas, 6-4, 3-6, 10-6, while McCarthy fell after winning the first set, 2-6, 7-6 (6), 10-3, to sophomore Mike Sherer. Thomas won a team-high 28 singles affairs last season for Brown, while Sherer was 13-5.
Despite the success in singles, the Hoosiers struggled through the first two days in doubles. IU claimed only two of the nine doubles matches competed.
"Our doubles has not been working," Hydinger said. "We definitely need work in that department, and it is something we will really work on when we get back to Bloomington."
The duo of Ishtuganov and Kenner downed Michigan State's No. 1 team of sophomore Nick Rinks and Monich, 9-7, on Saturday. The win upped the Hoosiers mark to 1-1 at the tournament. The sophomore tandem of McCarthy and McLoughlin won at the No. 2 doubles position, 8-5, against the Wake Forest two-some of senior Joe Bates and junior Andrew Hammar. After going 10-9 as a team in 2004-05, McCarthy and McLoughlin are 1-1 on the young 2005-06 campaign.
On the final day of the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational, the Hoosiers will face Louisville in doubles at 10:30 a.m. before facing Wake Forest in singles at 11:30 a.m. The competition will take place at the ATP Tennis Center.
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