Control No. 26 Louisville
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Behind a raucous crowd the No. 70 Indiana men's tennis team earned a 5-2 win over No. 26 Louisville on Friday night at the IU Varsity Tennis Center. The Hoosiers annual "Dinner with Doubles" event drew more than 250 fans, giving the Cream and Crimson a definite home court advantage, propelling them to victory over the highly-ranked Cardinals.
Indiana secured the doubles point and won four of six singles matches en route to the victory.
"I am very proud of the team," Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger said. "We really clicked on all cylinders tonight. The whole team came to play tonight."
IU got off to a slow start in the doubles competition as the freshmen duo of Michael McCarthy and Dara McLoughlin dropped an 8-5 decision to freshman Tony Teufel and sophomore Damar Johnson at the No. 3 spot. The top tandem of senior Ryan Recht and John Stone responded with an 8-6 win over juniors Jeremy Clark and Jakob Gustafsson, at No. 1, to even the pairs competition at 1-1. Stone and Recht evened their mark to 5-5 overall and 3-3 on the spring.
The lone doubles point would come down to the No. 2 match between senior Jakub Praibis and junior Dmytro Ishtuganov against junior Jhonny Berrido and senior Mark Kennedy at the No. 2 spot. Both teams held serve and the match remained deadlocked until 8-8, but the IU duo took over in the tiebreaker, and won seven straight points to take the match by the score of 9-8. Praibis and Ishtuganov improved to 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the spring, including a 5-0 ledger at the No. 2 position.
"I think that Louisville had the best doubles teams that we had seen all season," said Hydinger. "It was huge to get the doubles point."
Praibis carried his momentum into the singles competition as he defeated his fourth ranked opponent of the spring, No. 124 Damar Johnson, 6-3, 6-1, at the top spot. The Czech Republic, product improved to 10-5 on the year and 6-1 in singles action in 2005.
"What a great senior match for Jakub," said Hydinger. "He has been getting the job done for us all season."
Sophomore David Bubenicek gave IU a 3-0 lead with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over freshman Tony Teufel at the No. 5 spot. Bubenicek pushed his singles mark to 8-4 on the year and 4-1 during the spring.
"When the chips are on the table, David really brings the goods home," said Hydinger. "He played some great points and showed his stuff tonight."
Louisville trimmed the margin to 3-2 as Gustafsson bested junior Neil Kenner, 6-4, 6-4, at No. 3, and sophomore Slavko Radman upended Recht, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 2.
McCarthy clinched the match for the Hoosiers with a straight-set win over senior Octavian Nicodim, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 4 slot. McCarthy earned his 13th win of the season and improved to 4-3 on the spring.
Stone posted the fifth point for the Indiana with a win over Berrido at No. 6, 7-5, 6-4.
"The crowd was great tonight" said Stone. "They made such a difference in the outcome of the match. I wish we could get this amount of people at all our home matches."
The Hoosiers will return to the courts on Thursday, Feb. 24, at Ball State. The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m.
No. 70 Indiana 5, No. 26 Louisville 2
IU Varsity Tennis Center
1. Ryan Recht/John Stone (IU) def. Jeremy Clark/Jakob Gustafsson (UL), 8-6
2. Jakub Praibis/Dmytro Ishtuganov (IU) def. Mark Kennedy/Jhonny Berrido (UL), 9-8 (0)
3. Tony Teufel/Damar Johnson (UL)def. Dara McLoughlin/Michael McCarthy (IU), 8-5
Order of Finish: (3, 1, 2)
1. Jabub Praibis (IU) def. Damar Johnson (UL), 6-3, 6-1
2. Slavko Radman (UL) def. Ryan Recht (IU), 6-3, 6-3
3. Jakob Gustafsson (UL) def. Neil Kenner (IU), 6-4, 6-4
4. Michael McCarthy (IU) def. Octavian Nicodim (UL), 6-4, 6-2
5. David Bubenicek (IU) def. Tony Teufel (UL), 6-2, 6-3
6. John Stone (IU) def. Jhonny Berrido (UL), 7-5, 6-4
Order of Finish: (1, 6, 3, 2, 4, 6)
No. 70 Indiana is now 3-4
No. 26 Louisville is now 6-5
Time of Match: 3:15
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