BLOOMINGTON, Ind In an intense match up between No. 64 Indiana and No. 27 Virginia, the outcome of Sundays contest boiled down to one final match. With the each team tied at three apiece, it all came down to the final match of the afternoon that featured Ryan McCarthy and Nick Meythaler. McCarthy played his heart out but eventually fell to Meythaler, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6 to give the Cavaliers the, 4-3 win. The Cream and Crimson fall to 5-4 overall and the Cavaliers improve to 10-1.
Virginia captured the doubles point after it won two of the matches. The tandem of Jakub Praibis and Dmytro Ishtuganov were the only Hoosier duo to win their match as they defeated Stephen Rozek and Marko Miklo in a close match, 9-8 (8), at the No. 2 doubles position. Ryan Recht and John Stone battled against 20th-ranked Rylan Rizza and Nick Meythaler at the No. 1 spot and fell 8-6. Finally, McCarthy and Neil Kenner dropped their match to Doug Stewart and Darrin Cohen, 8-4.
In the singles competition, Praibis had an outstanding outing for the Hoosiers at the No. 1 position. The Litomerice, Czech Republic native put together a great performance to upset No. 18 Doug Stewart, 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.
It was a good match, especially after such a bad loss in the first set, said Praibis. It is always tough to be so close to winning, but as a team, we can always take positives away from it.
Recht and Stone also picked up big wins for the Hoosiers in singles, as Recht took care of No. 98 Rozek, 6-4, 6-4 and Stone defeated Cohen, 7-6 (5), 6-0.
This match was so close, said head coach Ken Hydinger. They (Virginia) had the momentum after getting the doubles point and that carried them the rest of the way. Virginia is a really good team, but we were right there with them. We just have to keep working. Northwestern will be another opportunity for us.
Full Results from Sundays match vs. No. 27 Virginia
Singles 1.) Jakub Praibis (IU) def. No. 18 Doug Stewart (V) 1-6, 6-4, 6-4
2.) Ryan Recht (IU) def. No. 98 Stephen Rozek (V) 6-4, 6-4
3.) Rylan Rizza (V) def. Neil Kenner (IU) 6-2, 6-1
4.) Marko Miklo (V) def. Tom Bagnato (IU) 6-4, 6-3
5.) Nick Meythaler (V) def. Ryan McCarthy (IU) 4-6, 6-2, 3-6
6.) John Stone (IU) def. Darrin Cohen (V) 7-6 (5), 6-0
Indiana returns to action on Friday, March 5, when it opens up its Big Ten campaign with a home match against No. 37 Northwestern. Match time is set for 5:00 p.m. and will be played at the IU Indoor Tennis Center.
Fridays match against the Wildcats will be Dinner with Doubles Night. Admission will be $5.00 for a Pizza Hut buffet filled with all the pizza, salad, breadsticks and soda you can eat. There will also be raffles and giveaways with items such as tennis rackets and IU Tennis gear.