Bubenicek Remains Perfect at Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational
Sept. 25, 2005
CINCINNATI, Ohio - The Indiana men's tennis team wrapped up the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational on Sunday at the ATP Tennis Center. The Hoosiers battled a pair of 2005 NCAA Tournament participants in Wake Forest and Louisville in singles and doubles, respectively.
"It was a good weekend," Indiana head men's tennis coach Ken Hydinger said. "The guys played very hard, and it was a good start to the season for us. A lot of guys had some good results, and they feel that they can have more consistent and better results. The level of competition at this tournament was good. We are ready to get back to work."
Junior David Bubenicek improved to 4-0 on the weekend with a straight-set victory over senior Liron Strauss. Bubenicek won all four of his matches without dropping a set, including the 6-3, 6-1 win over Strauss.
"David is coming off playing on clay this summer," Hydinger said. "He is getting a better feel for the hard surface. The guy he faced today was a very good and tough opponent. David is a quality player. He may not be the flashiest, but he competes very hard."
Freshman Peter Antons picked up his first collegiate victory in come-from-behind fashion against senior Joe Bates. After dropping the first set, 6-3, the Duxbury, Mass., native rebounded to win the second, 6-3, and force a third-set 10-point tiebreaker. He picked up the win with a 10-5 victory in the deciding set.
Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov had arguably the most entertaining match of the day, falling in three sets to junior Todd Paul, who is ranked 38th in the preseason ITA rankings. Ishtuganov won the first set, 6-4, and had Paul down in the second, before the Wake Forest player rebounded to force a third with a 6-3 second-set win. Ishtuganov dropped the 10-point third set tiebreak, 10-2. The Kiev, Ukraine, native had a 2-2 mark, playing at No. 1 for the Hoosiers.
"Dmytro played very well this weekend, and I know he will continue to improve," Hydinger said. "He played well against Wake Forest's No. 1, who is nationally ranked, and Dmytro had him down in the second set. The guys that Dmytro faced this weekend were good, and I know that Dmytro is going to keep getting better. "
In doubles action against Louisville, Ishtuganov and fellow classmate Neil Kenner won at No. 1 doubles. The Hoosier duo defeated senior Jeremy Clark and junior Stefan Naughton, 8-3. The duo went 2-2 at the No. 1 doubles position at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational.
On Friday, the Hoosiers won four of the seven singles matches against Louisville. Ishtuganov won at No. 1 in three sets, 6-1, 0-6, 10-7, over senior Jakob Gustafsson. Gustafsson was 20-6 a season ago for the Cardinals.
Kenner finished the weekend 3-1, including a straight-set victory over Jhonny Berrido, 6-4, 6-3. Berrido was 13-9 in 2004-05 for Louisville. Sophomore Michael McCarthy defeated Nicolas Houard in a hotly-contested three-set match. After winning the first set, 6-4, McCarthy dropped the second set, 7-5, to Houard, only to claim the third-set 10-point tiebreaker, 11-9. He finished the weekend with a 2-2 record. Bubenicek downed Tony Teufel for the Hoosiers fourth singles victory against the Cardinals. The Czech Republic native dropped only one game in a 6-0, 6-1 victory.
The Hoosiers will return to fall action Oct. 20-24 when they compete in the Regional Rolex Championships. The event is slated to take place at the University of Michigan Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor.
Sunday - September 24, 2005
Indiana vs. Louisville Doubles
Saturday - September 24, 2005
Michigan State Doubles
Wake Forest Doubles
Friday - September 23, 2005
Indiana vs. Louisville Singles
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