Men's Tennis

    Indiana Opens Big Ten Play on the Road

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Neil Kenner picked up a singles victory in the Hoosiers' 5-2 victory over Purdue last season.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Neil Kenner picked up a singles victory in the Hoosiers' 5-2 victory over Purdue last season.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Feb. 22, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 69 Indiana men's tennis team opens the 2006 Big Ten conference slate with a pair of road matches. Indiana will travel to No. 3 Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 25, at noon, before battling No. 67 Purdue on Sunday, Feb. 26, at noon. The matches will be part of the opening weekend of conference tennis action.

    In 2005, the Hoosiers started the Big Ten slate 4-1, which was the best start since going 9-1 during the 1992-93 season. After dropping the conference opener to Illinois, IU reeled off four straight conference wins. The Hoosiers finished the conference season at 6-4 and fourth overall.

    Scouting No. 3 Illinois
    The No. 3 Illini enter the matchup with IU at 8-1 on the year. Their lone loss came in their last match against then-No. 2 Georgia, 4-3, at the semifinals of the USTA/ITA National Team Indoor Championships. This season, Illinois owns victories over then-No. 68 Ball State (7-0), then-No. 1 Virginia (5-2), then-No. 9 Duke (6-1), then-No. 26 Notre Dame (7-0), then-No. 25 Clemson (7-0), then-No. 51 Harvard (7-0), then-No. 46 Arkansas (4-0) and then-No. 14 Washington (4-1).

    Illinois has four nationally-ranked players in its lineup with three others holding nationally ranked positions at one point this season. Ryler DeHeart leads with way at No. 2, followed by Kevin Anderson at No. 6, G.D. Jones at No. 71 and Pramod Dabir at No. 100. In singles competition, Illinois' singles players are a combined 98-36 (.731), while its doubles teams are 60-16 (.789). DeHeart leads the way for the Illini at 22-3 overall, while Ryan Rowe is 17-2. Illinois' top doubles team is Anderson and Rowe, who are 8-0 as a team this season.

    The Illini have five different doubles teams ranked among the top 60 nationally. The team of Anderson and Rowe are ranked fifth, followed by the duo of Monte Tucker and Marco Spicijanic at No. 6. Deheart is ranked No. 16 in doubles with Dabir and No. 22 with Ruben Gonzales. Gonzales and Anderson are ranked 47th nationally.

    Indiana holds a 44-34 record all-time against Illinois, but the Illini have held the upper hand recently. Illinois has won the last 11 matches between the two schools, including a 4-3 victory in Bloomington last season. IU split the six singles positions against the then-No. 3 Illini. Junior David Bubenicek is the lone returning Hoosier to pick up a win last season at the No. 4 singles position.

    Scouting No. 67 Purdue
    No. 67 Purdue has lost four straight matches after opening the 2006 spring campaign with four consecutive wins. The Boilermakers most recent losses have come at the hands of No. 28 Notre Dame (6-1), Western Michigan (5-2), No. 69 Ball State (5-2) and No. 19 Kentucky (5-2). The Boilermakers defeated Valparaiso (6-1), Toledo (6-1), then-No. 41 Harvard (4-3) and Butler (5-2).

    The Hoosiers and Boilermakers have a trio of opponents in common this season. Both teams defeated Toledo and Butler by matching 6-1 and 5-2 scores, respectively, while both team dropped matches to Ball State. Purdue opens the Big Ten slate against Penn State on Feb. 25.

    Colin Foster holds down the No. 1 singles position for the Boilermakers. He is 9-10 on the season, including a 4-4 mark at the No. 1 spot. Eric Hodgman and P.J. Rose are tied for the team lead in singles victories with 12 apiece. Hodgman and Rose also comprise the top doubles duo for the Boilermakers. The duo is 12-3 on the year, including a 6-1 mark at the No.1 slot.

    Indiana leads the all-time series with the Boilermakers, 49-25-1. The Hoosiers snapped a six-match losing streak to Purdue with a 5-2 victory on March 26, 2005. Junior David Bubenicek and senior Neil Kenner both picked up singles victories against Purdue at the No. 3 and No. 5 positions a season ago.

    AT&T Crimson and Gold Cup Point on the Line
    The rivalry between IU and Purdue continues with the 2005-06 AT&T Crimson & Gold Cup. A point in the cup will be available when the Indiana travels to West Lafayette, Ind., to face the Boilermakers on Saturday, Feb. 25. The overall winner of the contest will be awarded a trophy at the end of the season. The Hoosiers own a 6.5-3 advantage this season in the all-sport competition.

    Each sport can earn one point toward the overall championship. A total of 20 points can be won. The winner of regular season head-to-head competition earns the point for its institution. Should the teams split or tie in regular season competition the point is split between the two institutions (i.e. if each team wins two games in baseball the point is split). If the two institutions do not compete in head-to-head regular season competition, the team that places higher at the Big Ten Championship will earn the point. Should they tie in conference championship competition the point will be split. In the sport of track & field three-way meets that are scored as dual meets do not count as head-to-head competition.

    Closing in on 300
    With the Hoosiers' five victories during the 2006 dual-match season, Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger is only two wins away from reaching the 300 mark at IU. During his 21 years at the helm of the Hoosier program, Hydinger has a 298-218-1 record.

    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 programs in Hydinger and women's tennis head coach Lin Loring, who has 626 wins. Here is a look at the head coaches that have 300 wins at IU:

    Head Coach (Sport) - Wins - Tenure at Indiana
    Bob Morgan (Baseball) - 782 - 1984-2005
    Bob Knight (Men's Basketball) - 661 - 1972-2000
    Lin Loring (Women's Tennis) - 626 - 1977-Present
    Jerry Yeagley (Men's Soccer) - 544 - 1973-2003
    Diane Stephenson (Softball) - 402 - 1988-2002
    Ernie Andrews (Baseball) - 401 - 1949-1973
    Branch McCracken (Men's Basketball) - 364 - 1939-1943, 1947-1965

    Sweeping Opponents
    For the third time this season, the Hoosiers won a match by sweeping their opponent on Feb. 18 against Murray State. Indiana won all three doubles position before it claimed all six singles matches for a clean sweep of the Racers. Indiana swept its second opponent of the season in Bradley, 7-0, and defeated IPFW on Jan. 28 by a perfect 7-0 mark.

    Bubenicek Ascending Through the Lineup
    After beginning the season as the Hoosiers' No. 4 singles player, junior David Bubenicek moved up to the No. 2 position and notched IU's lone point with a straight sets victory against Ball State.

    The Czech Republic native has an overall singles mark of 13-3, including a 7-1 mark during the spring season. He started the spring dual-match season at the No. 4 singles positions before moving up to No. 3. He is 3-0 at the No. 4 positions and 3-1 at the No. 3 slot. His 13 wins ties him for the team lead with senior Dmytro Ishutganov, while his seven dual-match victories top the team.

    Bubenicek entered the campaign as the lone returning player with 20 or more singles victories last season. He racked up a 21-7 singles mark, including a 7-3 Big Ten ledger as a junior. He played primarily at the No. 3 singles with a 9-3 mark in that slot.




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