Men's Tennis

    Upended at No. 28 Kentucky

    Go Hoosiers!
    Go Hoosiers!

    Go Hoosiers!
    LEXINGTON, Ky. - The No. 65 Indiana men's tennis team claimed the doubles point, but No. 28 Kentucky charged back to garner four singles matches en route to an 4-3 win on Thursday afternoon at the Boone Tennis Center. With the loss, the Hoosiers fall to 4-8 on the year, while the Wildcats improve to 8-5.

    IU won the first doubles contest as the team of senior Ryan Recht and junior John Stone bested seniors Tigran Martirosyan and Jesse Witten, the 19th-ranked team in the country by the score of 8-6 at the top position. The Indiana duo broke UK's serve at 7-6, en route to the victory. This is not the highest ranked team that Stone and Recht have ever defeated. In 2003, the tandem downed then-No. 6 Michael Calkins and Amer Delic of Illinois, 8-6, on April 19.

    The freshman team of Michael McCarthy and Dara McLoughlin secured the doubles point with an 8-5 conquest of juniors Nate Emge and Alex Hume at No. 2. The duo evened its mark to 5-5 on the spring.

    Senior Jakub Praibis and junior Dmytro Ishtuganov, ranked 57th in the nation, completed the whitewashing with a win over senior Matt Emery and freshman Marcus Sundh, 8-5, at No. 3. The IU twosome is now 11-4 on the year and 9-3 in dual matches.

    "We got off to a great start in the doubles," Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger said. "All three teams played great. We just played great from top to bottom."

    With only four indoor courts at the Boone Center, the top four position matches got underway to start the singles competition.

    Kentucky evened the match as Witten, ranked 6th, defeated Praibis, ranked 56th, by the score of 6-4, 6-0 at No. 1.

    The Wildcats went ahead 3-1 as Emery bested Recht, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 2, and Hume, ranked 94th in the nation, downed McCarthy, 6-2, 7-6 (2), at No. 4.

    UK clinched the match with a win from Martirosyan at No. 5 over senior Neil Kenner, 7-5, 6-2.

    Sophomore David Bubenicek bested Emge in a three-set thriller, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5, at No. 3. The Kromeriz, Czech Republic, product has won six-straight matches and is 13-4 overall and 9-1 in dual contests.

    "This was an awesome match," Hydinger said. "This was a great win for him. Both players battled the entire match. The match had a lot of long, long points, but David hit some great passing shots."

    Stone earned his 10th win of the year with a 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (6) conquest of Polley at the No. 6 slot.

    The Hoosiers will be idle until March 20, when Toledo comes to town, for a noon contest in the IU Varsity Tennis Center.

    No. 28 Kentucky 4, No. 65 Indiana 3
    Boone Tennis Center
    Lexington, Ky.

    1. Ryan Recht/John Stone (IU) def. #19 Tigran Martirosyan/Jesse Witten (UK), 8-6
    2. #57 Jakub Praibis/Dmytro Ishtuganov def. Matt Emery/Marcus Sundh (UK), 8-5
    3. Michael McCarthy/Dara McLoughlin (IU) def. Nate Emge/Alex Hume (UK), 8-4
    Order of Finish: 1, 3, 2

    1. #6 Jesse Witten (UK) def. #56 Jakub Praibis (IU), 6-4, 6-0
    2. Matt Emery (UK) def. Ryan Recht (IU), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
    3. David Bubenicek (IU) def. Nate Emge (UK), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5
    4. #94 Alex Hume (UK) def. Michael McCarthy (IU), 6-2, 7-6 (2)
    5. Tigran Martirosyan (UK) def. Neil Kenner (IU), 7-5, 6-2
    6. John Stone (IU) def. Nolan Polley (UK), 7-6, 4-6, 1-0 (6)
    Order of Finish: 1, 2, 4, 5, 3, 6

    Match Notes:
    No. 65 Indiana is now 4-8
    No. 28 Kentucky is now 8-5




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