Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Host Second Home Doubleheader

    Go Hoosiers! Junior David Bubenicek won both his singles matches in IU's season-opening doubleheader sweep of Butler and Bradley to up his season record to 8-2.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Junior David Bubenicek won both his singles matches in IU's season-opening doubleheader sweep of Butler and Bradley to up his season record to 8-2.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Jan. 25, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 60 Indiana men's tennis team look to continue its winning ways in the spring season with a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Indiana Tennis Center. The Hoosiers will host a pair of Mid-American Conference foes in Toledo and IPFW. The morning match with the Rockets is slated for 9 a.m. followed by a 3:30 p.m. contest with the Mastodons.

    Indiana opened the 2006 campaign with a doubleheader sweep of defending Horizon League Champion Butler and Missouri Valley Conference foe Bradley. IU started with a 5-2 win over the Bulldogs by winning five of six singles matches before blowing past the Braves, 7-0.

    Scouting Toledo
    Toledo enters its match against Ohio State on Jan. 25 with a 1-1 dual match record. The Rockets swept Ohio Northern, 7-0, on Jan. 14 before falling to No. 73 Michigan State, 6-1, on Jan. 21.

    Freshman Mohammed Al Nabhani holds the top singles mark for the Rockets. Al Nabhani was the lone UT player to pick up a win in singles against Michigan State. He upped his season mark to 14-4 with a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 3 singles. Senior Tony Tran returns as the Rockets No. 1 singles player. He played there a season ago, and along with Al Nabhani, make up the Rockets top doubles team. As a tandem, Tran and Al Nabhani are 11-3.

    Sophomore Chris Clark also has an impressive record for the Rockets. He is 13-4 and has played at the No. 2 singles position. He had the most singles victories for Toledo with 17 during his rookie campaign in 2004-05.

    The Hoosiers are 3-0 all-time against the Rockets, including a 7-0 victory on March 20, 2005. Seniors Dmytro Ishtuganov and Neil Kenner, along with junior David Bubenicek, picked up singles victories against Toledo last season.

    A Point of Comparison
    While it was not an official dual match, the Hoosiers, like Toledo, have faced Michigan State this season. During the fall, Indiana took part in the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational, Sept. 23-25, and faced the Spartans in six singles matches and three doubles matches, a format similar to that of a dual match. The event was not scored and went strictly toward the individual records. Indiana picked up four of those six singles matches and one of the doubles competitions against the Spartans. Toledo fell to Michigan State, 6-1, in its second dual match of the 2006 season.

    Scouting IPFW
    The Mastodons will open the 2006 season with a match against IUPUI on Friday, Jan. 27 before facing the Hoosiers the following day. IPFW went 2-0 during the fall season with victories over Cleveland State, 5-2, on Oct. 9 and Robert Morris, 6-1, on Oct. 7.

    Landry Nzudie played at the No. 1 singles position against both Robert Morris and Cleveland State. He went 2-0 in those matches and also played in the qualifying round of the ITA Midwest Regional.

    Nzudie teamed with Nabil Mourad Filho to make up the top IPFW doubles team. The duo played both fall matches at the No. 1 position. The tandem also competed in the main draw of the ITA Midwest Regional during the fall. Mourad Filho played both fall matches at the No. 2 singles position and went 1-1. Like Nzudie, Mourad Filho competed in the singles qualifying stages of the ITA Midwest Regional.

    The contest between Indiana and IPFW will be the first meeting between the in-state schools.

    Spring Additions
    The Hoosiers added junior Arnaud Roussel and freshman Tetta Oyama to the roster for the spring season. The pair adds more international flare to an already diverse IU roster. Roussel is a native of Bordeaux, France, while Oyama is from Shizuoka, Japan.

    Roussel competed in the Hoosiers' season-opening doubleheader sweep of Butler and Bradley. He won at the No. 6 singles position against the Bulldogs before winning in straight sets against the Braves at No. 5.

    Roussel transferred to Indiana after spending two and a half seasons at Mississippi State. He amassed an 11-11 record during those seasons with the Bulldogs. Roussel saw his most extensive action during his freshman campaign in which he played at the No. 5 and No. 6 singles positions. He rallied from a set down in Mississippi State's first round NCAA Tournament victory over Wake Forest to clinch the match in 2004. The Frenchman was the junior champion of the Aquitanie Region in France and lists Pete Sampras and Juan-Carlos Ferrero as his favorite tennis players.

    Oyama was one of the top junior players in Japan. The freshman ranked as high as No. 3 in junior singles and No. 2 in junior doubles during the 2003 season in his native country. In 2005, he ranked as high as No. 187 in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Combined Junior Rankings, which combines a player's performance in doubles and singles while promoting doubles play junior players.

    He captured the singles title at the Hong Kong ITF Junior Tournament in January 2005. Oyama was a doubles finalist at the Neway International Junior Championships in January 2005 and at the China International Junior Championships in September 2004. He also advanced to the semifinals in singles at the 2005 BKSP International Junior Championships. Oyama lists Carlos Moya, Gustavo Kuerten and Andre Agassi as his favorite tennis players.

    Holding Down the Top
    Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov has more than accepted his role as the Indiana's No.1 singles player - he has flourished in it. After spending the first two seasons at IU playing sparingly in singles and being more of a doubles specialist, Ishtuganov is leading the way for Indiana during his final campaign.

    As a sophomore and junior in 2004 and 2005, respectively, the Kiev, Ukraine native racked up 20-plus doubles victories in each season. He saw his most extensive time in the lineup last season, going 12-7 overall and 6-3 in dual matches. His senior season has been a much different story. He opened the spring season with a pair of wins at the No. 1 singles position in leading IU to a doubleheader sweep. He is 9-4 overall and his nine singles victories are tied for the team lead with sophomore Michael McCarthy.

    Ishtuganov has continued his strong doubles play. He finished the fall season ranked ninth in the Midwest Region with fellow classmate Neil Kenner.

    Not So Fast My Friend
    The Hoosiers dug themselves a hole against defending Horizon League Champion Butler on Jan. 21. After dropping the doubles point, IU dropped the first set in four of the six singles matches putting the possibility of a victory in jeopardy. Despite the early deficit, the Hoosiers demonstrated mental toughness and composure to rally and claim five of the six singles matches in route in a 5-2 victory. In fact, IU won all four singles matches that went to three sets.

    Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov got the ball rolling as he clinched the first of the four, three-set victories for the Hoosiers at No. 1 singles. Junior Arnaud Roussell and sophomore Michael McCarthy each claimed three-set victories, while senior Neil Kenner clinched the victory with a three-set win at No. 3 singles.

    Sweeping the Braves
    After falling behind in the morning match against Butler, Indiana wasted little time disposing of Bradley. The Hoosiers won all three doubles matches and claimed all six singles affairs for the 7-0 victory. In fact, IU did not drop a set at any of the singles positions.

    First Times are Special
    Two doubles teams and a pair of singles competitors picked up their first wins as Hoosiers during the opening doubleheader of the season. Redshirt freshman Mak Kendall won his first collegiate match as he defeated Bradley's Alex Roby in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1, at the No. 6 singles position. Junior Arnaud Roussel, who made his Hoosier debut, picked up his first win in the cream and crimson, with a three-set battle against Butler's Scott Newmark at the No. 6 slot.

    In the afternoon match against Bradley, head coach Ken Hydinger shook up the doubles spots and pitted a pair of teams that had never played together. That did little to effect the Hoosiers as the teams of senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin won at the No. 1 position and Kendall along with sophomore Michael McCarthy clinched the doubles point with a win at the No. 3 spot.




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