McLoughlin, Ishtuganov Advance to Semifinals of Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships
Nov. 13, 2005
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships Main Draw, giving the Indiana men's tennis team exactly half of the four remaining players in the main draw. Ishtuganov and McLoughlin each picked up a pair of victories, advancing to the final day of competition at the Michigan State Indoor Tennis Center.
The 15th-seeded McLoughlin picked up a pair of straight-set victories to up his season record to 6-4. He opened the day with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Breden Lynch of Penn State in the round of 16. He followed that up with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Patrick Rose of Purdue. The Dublin, Ireland, native will face Wisconsin's Nolan Polly in the semifinals on Monday, Nov. 14. Polly defeated two seeded players in his route to the semis. He defeated seventh-seeded Willy Lock of Northwestern and third-seeded Nick Rinks of Michigan State during the championships.
"Dara has played good, consistent tennis," Indiana head men's tennis coach Ken Hydinger said. "He is stepping up and gaining more confidence with each match. He did not start for us last season, so it is good to see him playing so well. He is playing big from the baseline, moving well and anticipating shots. I am very pleased to see him making this kind of jump in the quality of his play."
Ishtuganov, the 13th-seeded player in the tournament, had a more difficult time advancing to the semifinals. After winning the first set of his quarterfinal match against 10th-seeded Dennis Mertens of Ohio State, 6-3, Ishtuganov dropped the second, 6-0. He rallied to pull out the third set and the match, 6-4. The Kiev, Ukraine, native cruised to his third consecutive straight-set victory in the round of 16, disposing of Andres Osorio of Minnesota, 6-1, 6-4. With the victories, the Hoosier senior upped his season mark to 6-3.
"Dmytro had won three matches in a row in straight sets, and after winning the first set of his quarterfinal match, he dropped the second set badly," Hydinger said. "It was good to see him put it together and pull out a good third set. He has been playing with great touch and consistency. He is moving well and has perhaps the best hands in the tournament."
Ishtuganov will play sixth-seeded Bryan Koneicko of Ohio State in the semifinals. It will be the second Hoosier that Koneicko has faced in the tournament. In the round of 16 on Sunday, Koneicko defeated 12th-seeded Hoosier junior David Bubenicek, 6-3, 6-2. It marked only the second loss of the fall season for Bubenicek, who stands at 6-2 on the year.
The Hoosiers had a trio of players fall in the consolation bracket at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships. Senior Neil Kenner and sophomore Michael McCarthy each fell in the round of 16 in the consolation bracket, while freshman Peter Antons lost his second round affair.
Kenner opened the day with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Bart Van Monsjou of Iowa in the second round. He lost by the same score in his round of 16 tilt with Adam Slagter of Penn State.
McCarthy held a similar fate to that of Kenner. After winning his opening match of the day, 6-2, 7-5, over Mikey Kantar of Minnesota, McCarthy dropped a 6-1, 6-4 affair to Kantar's Golden Gopher teammate Nic Edlefsen. It was the second Hoosier Edlefsen had knocked off on the day. He defeated Antons in tough three-set, second-round match, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Ishtuganov and McLoughlin will contintue their quest for a Big Ten Championship on Monday, Nov. 14. The semifinals of main draw are slated to start at 9 a.m. in East Lansing, Mich.
12th-seeded David Bubenicek
13th-seeded Dmytro Ishtuganov
15th-seeded Dara McLoughlin
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