Kenner, Ishtuganov Drop Hotly Contested Quarterfinal
Oct. 24, 2005
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Indiana senior duo of Neil Kenner and Dmytro Ishtuganov dropped a tight tiebreaker match to the top-seeded team of Jeremy Clark and Jakob Gustafssen from Louisville in the quarterfinals of the Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional Championships on Monday. The 12th-seeded Hoosier duo stuck right with the 19th-ranked team in the country, falling 9-8 (5).
"It was a good, quality match," Indiana head men's tennis coach Ken Hydinger said. "Neil and Dmytro got down a break early but fought back to get to a tiebreaker. They fell behind in the tiebreaker and couldn't recover. It was a good match. I thought we were steady with our volleys and did a good job with the lefty serve."
After picking up a first-round victory on Friday, the Hoosier pair defeated Nic Edlefsen and Sion Wilkins of Minnesota, 8-4, to advance to the Round of 16. Kenner and Ishtuganov then defeated Adam Monich and Nick Ricks of Michigan State, 8-3, on Sunday to advance to the quarterfinals. The Hoosier tandem is 5-3 on the year.
"We still have some work to do, but Neil and Dmytro competed well," Hydinger said. "They still have room to grow, but that was the No. 1 seed in the tournament, and they played them tight. They keep getting better with every match."
The Indiana men's tennis team returns to action at the Big Ten Singles Championships, Nov. 11-14. The event will take place at the Michigan State Indoor Tennis Facility in East Lansing, Mich.
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