Hoosiers Host Second Home Doubleheader
Jan. 25, 2006
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
First Times are Special
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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