IU Swept by No. 16 Kentucky
Lexington, Ky.-- Sixteenth-ranked University of Kentucky proved to be too much for the No. 62 Indiana men's tennis team as the Wildcats swept the Hoosiers, 7-0, on Wednesday afternoon at the Hilary J. Boone Complex in Lexington.
The Hoosiers have now lost three straight and move to 5-6 on the year, and 0-1 in the Big Ten. The Wildcats improve to 7-4 overall.
The Hoosiers began the competition by dropping the doubles point. The tandem of Dmytro Ishtuganov and Jakub Praibis were the only pair to pick up a win after they defeated Evan Austin and Jason Mallaiah, 8-5. No. 31 Ryan Recht and John Stone fell to Rahim Esmail and Jesse Witten, 8-1 at the No. 1 position. Finally, the No. 3 spot held up by Neil Kenner and Ryan McCarthy lost to Nate Emge and Tigran Martirosyan, 8-2.
From then on out, the Hoosiers were unable to capture a single victory in singles. Praibis and Stone went up against some tough competition as Praibis dropped a 0-6, 6-0, 6-2 decision to 15th-ranked Jesse Witten at No. 1 in singles and Recht, playing at the two spot, fell to No. 74 Tigran Martirosyan, 6-3, 6-2.
After a shift in the line-up, Ishtuganov found himself making his first appearance in the singles line-up after not having played in singles since Feb. 22 against Western Michigan. Ishtuganov, who played at No. 6, lost a close match to Rahim Esmail 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Indiana is back in action when it travels to Tampa, Fla., for matches against the University of San Francisco and the University of South Florida. The Hoosiers square off with the Diamond Dons on Wednesday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m. and the Bulls on Friday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m.
Full Results from Wednesday's match vs. No. 16 Kentucky
Kentucky 7, Indiana 0
1.) No. 15 Jesse Witten (UK) def. No.59 Jakub Praibis (IU) 0-6, 6-0, 6-2
2.) No. 74 Tigran Martirosyan (UK) def. Ryan Recht (IU) 6-3, 6-2
3.) Evan Austin (UK) def. Neil Kenner (IU) 6-1, 6-4
4.) Jason Mallaiah (UK) def. Tom Bagnato (IU) 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (6)
5.) Nate Emge (UK) def. John Stone (IU) 6-2, 6-2
6.) Rahim Esmail (UK) def. Dmytro Ishtuganov (IU) 6-4, 7-6 (4)
1.) Rahim Esmail/Jesse Witten (UK) def. No. 31 Ryan Recht/John Stone (IU), 8-1
2.) Jakub Praibis/Dmytro Ishtuganov (IU) def. Evan Austin/Jason Mallaiah (UK), 8-5
3.) Nate Emge/Tigran Martirosyan (UK) def. Ryan McCarthy/Neil Kenner (IU), 8-2
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