Blank Butler Second Win
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -The No. 62 Indiana men's tennis team won its second match of the day 7-0 against Butler on Saturday evening in the IU Varsity Tennis Center. Just like the victory over Murray State earlier in the day, the Hoosiers claimed all three doubles matches and the six singles contests, without dropping a set, en route to the win.
"I was very pleased with our performance today," Head Coach Ken Hydinger said. "We had good discipline and focus throughout the day. We had no check-outs and they played hard the entire day."
IU garnered the doubles point by sweeping all three of the duo matches. The team of senior Jakub Praibis and junior Dmytro Ishtuganov won at the No. 1 position, 8-3, over junior Parker Ross and sophomore James Low.
The pairs of freshman Michael McCarthy and junior John Stone, along with freshman Dara McLoughlin and sophomore David Bubenicek, won at spots No. 2 and 3, respectively.
Praibis, ranked 61st in the nation, defeated Low, 6-4, 6-1, at the top singles slot.
At the No. 2 position, junior Neil Kenner bested Ross (6-2, 6-4) and McCarthy downed junior Andy Bartish (6-3, 7-5) at No. 3.
Stone won at No. 4, 6-3, 6-3, versus freshman Eric Breitenbach, while Bubenicek was victories against sophomore Evan West (6-2, 6-3).
McLoughlin picked up his first win of the spring, breezing past senior Mike Weaver, 6-1, 6-1, at the No. 6 spot.
"It's so hard to highlight just one performance," Hydinger said. "Everyone competed so well. It's hard to focus on just one person, I could say positive things about everybody."
The Hoosiers will be back in action at home on Saturday, Feb. 5, against No. 54 Middle Tennessee State. The match is slated for 5 p.m. in the IU Varsity Tennis Center.
"We need to keep up the fight and concentration heading into our match with Middle Tennessee," Hydinger said. "They are a very good team and ranked much lower than they will be at the end of the season."
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