Hoosiers Return Home For Weekend Pair
Feb. 16, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 60 Indiana men's tennis team returns home for a pair of matches on Feb. 18 and 19. The Hoosiers faced then-No. 32 Louisville and then-No. 39 Middle Tennessee State on the road for their first road trip of the season on Feb. 10 and 11. IU will face Murray State on Saturday, Feb. 18, at noon before battling No. 69 Ball State on Sunday, Feb. 19, at noon.
The Hoosiers will look to continue their winning ways at home during the spring season. IU is 4-0 at home with a pair of doubleheader sweeps on Jan. 21 and Jan. 28 in Bloomington.
Scouting Murray State
Fadi Zamjaoui is the Racers' No. 1 singles player. He is 1-1 in dual matches this season and earned second team all-conference honors in 2004-05. He finished with an 11-9 overall singles mark last season.
Mel Purcell is the head coach at Murray State. He is in his 10th season at the helm.
The Hoosiers are 17-4 all-time against Murray State. IU has won the last 10 matches in the series dating back to the 1995 season. Last year, Indiana swept the Racers for the third straight campaign. Sophomore Michael McCarthy, senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and junior David Bubenicek earned victories in the match against Murray State last seasin at the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 6 positions, respectively.
Scouting No. 69 Ball State
Ball State owns victories over Wright State, Dayton, IUPUI, Indianapolis, No. 75 Michigan State, Indiana State and Valparaiso. The Cardinals completed a sweep of Indiana State, 5-2, and Valparaiso, 7-0, on Feb. 11. All three of BSU's losses have come at the hands of ranked Big Ten foes. The Cardinals lost to then-No. 4 Illinois, then-No. 51 Northwestern and then-No. 48 Michigan.
Matt Baccarani is the Cardinals' No. 1 singles player. On the year, he is 14-4 overall, including a 4-1 ledger during the spring. Patrick Thompson and Jan Polhamus both have double-digit victories for the Cardinals with 10 and 11 wins, respectively. Baccarani and Joe Epkey team to form the Cardinals' top doubles duo. They are 9-1 overall and 5-0 in dual matches.
The Cardinals are coached by Bill Richards, who is in his 34th year at the helm. During his tenure, Ball State has a record of 507-271.
Indiana owns a 36-8 all-time mark against Ball State. After winning nine straight against the in-state foe from 1996 though 2004, IU suffered a defeat to the Cardinals, 4-3, in Muncie, Ind., last season. Sophomore Michael McCarthy and junior David Bubenicek both earned victories at the No. 4 and No. 5 singles positions last season against BSU.
Closing in on 300
He will join a group of elite Hoosier coaches to surpass the 300-win barrier. In the history of IU Athletics, seven coaches have amassed 300 or more victories. Ironically enough, the two winningest current head coaches at IU are with the tennis program in Hydinger and women's tennis head coach Lin Loring, who has 625 wins. Here is a look at the head coaches that have 300 wins at IU:
Head Coach (Sport) - Wins - Tenure at Indiana
Holding Down the Top
Ishtuganov's lone loss on the 2006 spring season came at the hands of No. 97 Marco Born from Middle Tennessee State. Against Louisville on Feb. 10, Ishtuganov defeated Damar Johnson in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5, to run his early season winning streak to five before falling to Born. Johnson was ranked No. 38 in the preseason ITA poll, but when the spring rankings came out, he was not ranked due to a lack of information.
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 wins at the No. 1 singles position in leading IU to a pair of doubleheader sweeps. He is 12-5 overall and his 12 singles victories are a team high.
Ishtuganov has continued his strong doubles play. He finished the fall season ranked ninth in the Midwest Region with fellow classmate Neil Kenner. He has 10 combined doubles victories this season, which are the most on the squad.
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