Hoosiers Begin Play at Big Ten Singles Championships
Nov. 10, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Three members of the Indiana University men's tennis team have won their first round matches at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships on Saturday. Senior Dara McLoughlin then advanced to the round of 16 after winning his second round match as well. Senior Thomas Richter and Freshman Phillips Eilers also won in the opening round and await their second round contests.
McLoughlin, the No. 9 seed, outlasted Penn State's Guillaume St.-Maurice in a three-set battle (4-6, 6-3, 6-0) to open the 64-individual tournament. He then downed Chris Madden from Michigan, 6-3, 6-0 on his home court as the Championships are being held in Ann Arbor.
Richter is the No. 2 seed, and fended off an upset attempt by Michigan State's Adam Monich in the opening round. After dropping the first set in a tie-breaker, Richter rebounded by taking the next two sets 6-4, 6-4 for the victory. Eilers (No. 12 seed) faced off with Dominic Ozanne from Ohio State in his first round match, defeating the Buckeye by a score of 6-1, 6-4.
Three other Hoosiers competed in the tournament, but all suffered first round losses. Freshman Jai Yoon bounced back from a 3-6 defeat in the first set to force a tie-breaker in set two. Ten-seeded Tobias Wernet (Minnesota) narrowly got by Yoon, however, 8-6 in the tie-breaker. Freshman Santiago Gruter also took on a seeded opponent, losing to Iowa's Bart Monsjou (No. 7), 1-6, 0-6. Sophomore Peter Antons is the sixth Hoosier competing this weekend, dropping a 3-6, 2-6 decision to James Dwyer from Penn State.
For the most up-to-date results from the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships, visit mgoblue.com and go to the men's tennis page.
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