Singles Bow Out of Midwest Regional
Oct. 22, 2005
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Indiana men's tennis team saw its run in the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional Championships main singles draw come to a close on Saturday. All five Hoosier singles players fell in the opening day of main draw singles competition.
Sophomore Dara McLoughlin was the lone Hoosier to register a victory on the day. In the opening round, the Dublin, Ireland, native ousted the 15th-seed Marc Spicijaric of Illinois in straight sets, 6-3, 7-5. It marked the first win over a ranked player in McLoughlin's Hoosier career. Spicijaric was ranked 115th nationally in the preseason ITA poll. His run would be short lived as he dropped his second-round tilt. The 24th-seed Ross Wilson of Ohio State defeated McLoughlin, 6-2, 6-3.
Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov dropped a tough three-set match to the third-seed Matko Maravic of Michigan. After claiming the first set, 6-3, the Ukraine native dropped the final two sets, 6-1, 6-3. Maravic was ranked 42nd nationally in the preseason ITA rankings. It marked the second time in the young season that Ishtuganov had dropped a three-set affair to a player ranked in the national top 50. He lost, 6-4, 3-6, 2-10, to 38th-ranked Todd Paul of Wake Forest at the season-opening Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational (Sept. 25).
Junior David Bubenicek and sophomore Michael McCarthy each had winning streaks snapped on the day. Bubenicek had his four-match streak come to a close with a difficult three-set defeat. Western Michigan's Jose Orozco, who is seeded eighth in the regional, came back to win the final two sets and the match, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3). Bubenicek is 4-1 on the season.
McCarthy was one of eight qualifiers to advance to the main singles draw after winning three consecutive matches in the opening two days of the regional. His run ended at the hands of the 16th-seed Christian Tempke of Northwestern in the first round. Tempke picked up a 6-0, 7-6 (7) victory over McCarthy. For the season, he is 5-3 in singles action.
Senior Neil Kenner fell to 3-2 on the year after dropping his first-round match. The Dallas, Texas, native dropped a 6-4, 6-2 affair to the 108th-ranked player in the nation, Brett Helgeson of Notre Dame. Helgeson also was the 12th seed in the regional championships.
The Hoosiers have two doubles teams remaining at the Midwest Regional. The 12th-seeded duo of Kenner and Ishtuganov will meet Nic Edlefsen and Sion Wilkins of Minnesota in the second round. The team of freshman Peter Antons and Bubenicek will battle the Chicago team of Prabojo and Prakoso Imanuel. The Midwest Regional will continue from Ann Arbor, Mich., on Sunday, Oct. 23.
Check back soon