IU Battles Fourth Straight Ranked Foe in Mid-week Affair
March 6, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team will host its first mid-week opponent with a 2 p.m. match against No. 18 Notre Dame on Tuesday, March 7. The match against the Irish will mark the fourth straight ranked opponent for the Hoosiers after IU played then-No. 69 Ball State, then-No. 3 Illinois and then-No. 67 Purdue.
Indiana will look to continue its success at home this season. The Hoosiers are 5-1 in the friendly confines of the Indiana Tennis Center but 0-4 on the road. IU will also look to halt a three-match losing skid.
Scouting No. 18 Notre Dame
The Irish most recently played in the 117th staging of the Pacific Coast Doubles Championships, a prestigious single-flight doubles tournament running at the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club on March 2-5. At the event, the Irish placed three doubles teams in the third round of the 128-team event.
In its last dual match, Notre Dame defeated then-No. 11 Ohio State, 5-2. The Irish also own victories over then-No. 51 Northwestern (6-1), then-No. 65 William & Mary (7-0), then-No. 66 Purdue (6-1), Wisconsin (6-1), Bradley (7-0), then-No. 75 Michigan State (7-0) and then-No. 42 Michigan (5-2). UND has fallen to then-No. 1 Virginia (4-3), then-No. 9 Duke (4-3), then-No. 30 North Carolina (4-3) and then-No. 3 Illinois (7-0).
The Irish lineup features a trio of ranked singles players and one ranked doubles combination. Stephen Bass tops the UND ranked players at No. 17 nationally, followed by Sheeva Parbhu at No. 28 and Brett Helgeson at No. 60. The Irish top doubles tandem of Ryan Keckley and Barry King is ranked No. 51.
Bass tops the Irish with a 21-5 overall record. Parbhu is 19-5 overall and Helgeson sports a 16-4 mark, while Keckley also had double-digit singles victories for Notre Dame with a 13-2 record.
The Hoosiers are 26-37 all-time against Notre Dame. The Irish have claimed each of the last two matches against IU, including a 5-2 victory in South Bend last season.
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 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
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 on Feb. 19.
The Czech Republic native has an overall singles mark of 13-5, including a 7-3 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 are tied for the team lead with senior Dmytro Ishutganov and Michael McCarthy, 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.
Holding Down the Top
Two of Ishtuganov's four losses during the 2006 spring season have come at the hands of ranked foes. He lost to then-No. 97 Marco Born from Middle Tennessee State and then-No. 6 Kevin Anderson of Illinois in three sets. 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 13-8 overall and his 13 singles victories are tied for the 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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