Two Matches on the Horizon
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - After a 10-day layoff, the No. 62 Indiana men's tennis team (4-8, 1-1) will return to the courts on Sunday, March 20, for a noon match with Toledo, and on March 21, the Hoosiers will play host to Vincennes at 3 p.m., in the Tennis Center.
News and Notes:
***The contest with Toledo will be the start of a three-match homestand for IU, before hitting the road for a trio of Big Ten tilts. After Vincennes, IU will welcome in-state rival No. 57 Purdue to town on Saturday, March 26. The Cream and Crimson will open the month of April with three-straight league matches on the road: at No. 53 Northwestern (April 2), at Wisconsin (April 2) and at No. 18 Ohio State (April. 9).
***Sophomore David Bubenicek would like to continue his impressive play that has carried him to a 13-4 overall mark and a 9-1 docket in dual matches. The Kromeriz, Czech Republic, product has won six-straight matches, including his last two at the No. 3 position.
***Four Hoosiers have eclipsed the 10-win plateau for the year: freshman Mike McCarthy has a team-best 15 wins, followed by Bubenicek and senior Jakub Praibis with 13, while junior John Stone rounds out the group with 10.
***Stone has been sharp of late as well; winning five matches in a row and six of seven this spring campaign.
Doubles Conquest By Recht and Stone
The doubles team of senior Ryan Recht and junior John Stone bested Kentucky seniors Tigran Martirosyan and Jesse Witten, the 19th-ranked team in the country, 8-6, on March 9. The Indiana duo broke UK's serve at 7-6, en route to the victory.
This was 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.
Playing Them Tough
Even though Indiana lost 4-3 to Illinois on March 5, the Hoosiers played valiantly in splitting the six singles matches. It marked just the second time in 11 matches a team has taken three singles contests from the Illini.
Illinois lost its only match of the season, 4-3, to No. 1 Baylor, in the semifinals of the National Indoors on Feb. 19. The semifinal match pitted the last two NCAA outdoor champions (Baylor - 2004, Illinois - 2003) as well as two-time defending indoor champion Illinois. In that match, Baylor claimed the doubles point and three of the singles contests.
Praibis Garners Second Big Ten Honor
Senior Jakub Praibis was named Big Ten Player of the Week, announced the conference office on March 11. The senior won a pair of singles matches and one doubles contest during the weekend, March 5-6, to earn the honor.
Praibis picked up the accolade for the second time this season. He garnered his initial award on Feb. 3.
The Litomerice, Czech Republic, product defeated then-No. 14 Kevin Anderson of Illinois, who entered the match with an unblemished mark of 13-0, in a three-set thriller, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.He also bested Penn State's Mark Barry, 6-3, 6-4, as IU blanked the Nittany Lions, 7-0.
He teamed with junior Dmytro Ishtuganov to best Bradley Hunter and Ryan Berger of PSU, 8-5.
Praibis also vaulted from 100th to 56th during that week's ITA poll.
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