March 23, 2006
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis returns home riding a five-match winning streak and will host Vincennes University on March 25 at 12 p.m. The Hoosiers won five matches in six days during their spring break trip to Florida. Indiana, which had played every match indoors up to that point in the season, made the transition to the outdoor courts a smooth one with the victories. Indiana will host Vincennes for the second straight season after defeating the Blazers, 7-0, in Bloomington a season ago.
Vincennes enters the match with a 7-2 overall record. In their last outing, the Blazers shared the Kerry Seward Invitational Tournament with Oberlin College on March 19. In claiming the title, Vincennes won the top three singles flights, as well as the top two doubles.
Freshmen Marius Tagen and Renato Costa play No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively for the Blazers. Those two, along with freshman David Jackson, claimed singles titles in the No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 flights at the tournament.
The Blazers are coached by Ron Albers. He has been at the institution for 25 years and holds a record of 550-134.
Indiana and Vincennes met last season with the Hoosiers claiming a 7-0 victory on March 21. Seniors Dmytro Ishtuganov and Neil Kenner along with junior David Bubenicek all claimed singles victories in the win for IU.
Magical No. 300
In his 21st season as the Hoosier head coach, Ken Hydinger join a list of elite Hoosier leader with his 300th win at the institution. By virtue of IU's 5-0 victory over Colgate on March 13, Hydinger joined a list that includes Bob Morgan (baseball), Bob Knight (men's basketball), Lin Loring (women's tennis), Jerry Yeagley (men's soccer), Diane Stephenson (softball), Ernie Andres (baseball) and Branch McCracken (men's basketball) as one of only eight head coaches to win 300 games at IU.
"I have been blessed in many ways during my time here at IU," Hydinger said. "Some of those great memories were being around some elite coaches. I've been blessed to be in a good place and to have had some great competitors on my teams."
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) - 627 - 1977-Present
Jerry Yeagley (Men's Soccer) - 544 - 1973-2003
Diane Stephenson (Softball) - 402 - 1988-2002
Ernie Andres (Baseball) - 401 - 1949-1973
Branch McCracken (Men's Basketball) - 364 - 1939-1943, 1947-1965
Ken Hydginer (Men's Tennis) - 303 - 1984-Present
Sophomore Dara McLoughlin has been one of the hottest Hoosier players over the last few weeks. During the Hoosiers' spring break trip, the Dublin, Ireland native went a perfect 5-0 to run his season-long and team-long winning streak to seven matches. With the streak, he has moved into a tie with sophomore Michael McCarthy and junior David Bubenicek for the most singles victories on the team with 16.
Prior to spring break, McLoughlin knocked off the No. 60-ranked Brett Helgeson of Notre Dame in three sets. After dropping the first set, he rallied to win the final two over Helgeson for IU's lone point against Notre Dame. During the spring break trip, McLoughlin claimed his first victory at the No. 1 singles positions, 6-3, 3-6, 10-3, over Chris Innes of Colgate. The win not only was a milestone for McLoughlin, but helped the Hoosiers claim head coach Ken Hydinger's 300th win at the IU headman.
McLoughlin rallied on a pair of occasions to claim the winning point in IU's 4-3 victory over South Florida. With the match even at three, McLoughlin rallied from a set-down and then fought of several matchpoints on his way to claiming a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (2) win over Marc Jaegers.
Three Sets to Hoosiers' Liking
Sophomore Dara McLoughlin has had success when forcing matches to three sets. After dropping his opening match of the season in three sets, McLoughlin has won his last eight matches when taking the match to a deciding set. In fact, six of those eight victories were of the come-from-behind persuasion. From Feb. 26 through March 15, the Dublin, Ireland native claimed five consecutive matches in three sets.
McLoughlin is not the only Hoosier to find success when matches go to three sets. Senior Dymtro Ishtuganov and sophomore Michael McCarthy have each claimed a quartet of three-set victories, while senior Neil Kenner and freshman Peter Antons have a pair apiece.
Sweeping Spring Break
The Hoosiers swept through the spring break schedule claiming five victories in six days. IU opened with a 6-1 victory over a tough North Florida team to open the trip on March 13. North Florida played then-No. 5 Mississippi tough a week earlier, falling 5-2 with two other singles matches going to three sets.
Indiana then notched head coach Ken Hydinger's 300th career victory as the Hoosier coach with a 5-0 victory over a short-handed Colgate squad later in the day on March 13. The Hoosiers used a different lineup that included singles victories by sophomore Dara McLoughlin at No. 1 and junior Arnaud Roussel at No. 2 in garnering the team victory.
IU finished off the trip with wins over Army (6-1), South Florida (4-3) and Central Florida (5-2). The Hoosiers swept the doubles against Army and then won five of six singles positions to garner the win. Against South Florida, IU needed a pair of rallying three-set victories by the sophomore tandem of Michael McCarthy and Dara McLoughlin to surge past the Bulls. Indiana rounded out the trip with five of six singles points in the victory over Central Florida.
Perfect Spring Performances
Sophomore Dara McLoughlin and junior Arnaud Roussel both compiled impressive 5-0 marks during the Hoosiers spring break trip to Florida. The pair played in every match for the Hoosiers, including moving up from their traditional spots against a short-handed Colgate team. With the victories, Roussell snapped a personal five-match losing streak and improved to 7-5 on the season. McLoughlin upped his overall record to 16-11 on the campaign. Against Colgate on March 13, McLoughlin moved up to the No. 1 singles position, while Roussel jumped up to the No. 2 slot.
Chances at 20 Wins
In 2004-05, only two Hoosiers reached the 20-win plateau in singles. That number has a chance to double in 2005-06. With four players at either 15 or 16 victories, the Hoosiers have a chance to have their most 20-match winners since the 1999-00 season. In fact, the Hoosiers had five players with 20 or more singles victories during that season. Sophomores Michael McCarthy and Dara McLoughlin along with junior David Bubenicek lead the team with 16 wins on the year, while senior Dmytro Ishtuganov has 15 wins while playing at the No. 1 singles position.
The Hoosiers will play 11 opponents ranked in the Fila Top-75 rankings as of March 21 on their 2006 schedule. Indiana still has No. 7 Ohio State, No. 30 Michigan, No. 39 Penn State, No. 46 Minnesota and No. 50 Northwestern on the schedule. The Hoosiers have already played then-No. 3 Illinois, then-No. 18 Notre Dame, then-No. 32 Louisville, then-No. 39 Middle Tennessee State, then-No. 65 Purdue and then-No. 69 Ball State.