Men's Tennis

    IU Battles Fourth Straight Ranked Foe in Mid-week Affair

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Dara McLoughlin won his 10th singles match of the season against Purdue on Feb. 26.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Dara McLoughlin won his 10th singles match of the season against Purdue on Feb. 26.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 6, 2006

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    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
    No. 18 Notre Dame will play its first dual match in 11 days when it travels to Bloomington, Ind., for a match with the Hoosiers. Notre Dame is 8-4 on the season with three of its four losses coming to teams ranked in the top 10. The Irish have defeated five of the six Big Ten foes they have faced on the year.

    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
    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 298-220-1 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
    Ken Hydginer (Men's Tennis) - 298 - 1984-Present

    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 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
    Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov has more than accepted his role as Indiana's No.1 singles player - he has flourished in it. After spending the first two seasons at IU playing sparingly in singles and being more of a doubles specialist, Ishtuganov is leading the way for Indiana during his final campaign. He is 6-4 in dual matches at the No. 1 singles position.

    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.

    Tough Schedule
    The Hoosiers will play 12 opponents ranked in the Fila Top-75 rankings as of Feb. 28 on their 2006 schedule. Indiana still has No. 12 Ohio State, No. 18 Notre Dame, No. 36 Michigan, No. 38 Minnesota, No. 56 Penn State, No. 57 Northwestern and No. 62 Wisconsin on the schedule. The Hoosiers have already played then-No. 3 Illinois, then-No. 32 Louisville, then-No. 39 Middle Tennessee State, then-No. 65 Purdue and then-No. 69 Ball State.




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