Snap Streak, Beat Boilermakers
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -The No. 57 Indiana men's tennis team snapped a nine-match losing streak to Purdue with a 5-2 win on a blustery Saturday afternoon at the IU Varsity Tennis Courts. With the victory, the Hoosiers even their record to 8-8 on the year and improve to 2-1 in Big Ten play, while the No. 68 Boilermakers are now 3-8 overall and 0-3 in league action.
"This was a hard fought match today," Indiana head coach Ken Hydinger said. "We had to battle in both singles and doubles."
The Cream and Crimson beat Purdue for the first time since April 8, 1995, and now lead the all-time series 50-31-2.
"This was a great win for us," Indiana junior John Stone said. "We have lost to Purdue every year that I have been here, so it was big to get this win. We are 2-1 in the Big Ten and guys are playing well and we are very confident as a team."
IU won the doubles point and claimed four of six singles matches en route to the win.
Purdue won the first doubles contest as the team of junior Colin Foster and sophomore Scott Warner bested freshmen Michael McCarthy and Dara McLoughlin, 8-5, at No. 1.
The Hoosiers evened the pairs' competition with a victory from senior Ryan Recht and Stone, ranked 56th in the nation, over seniors Sounak Chatterjee and Filip Koziell, 8-6, at No. 1. Recht and Stone, winners of their last six tilts, broke Purdue's serve to grab a 4-3 lead in the outing on their way to the win.
The Cream and Crimson secured the tandem point as senior Jakub Praibis and junior Dmytro Ishtuganov downed senior David Robinson and junior Paul Rose, 8-6, at the No. 2 slot. The IU twosome used a crucial break point to garner a 5-4 lead in the contest en route to the win. Praibis and Ishtuganov are now 13-3 on the spring season.
"Doubles was tough," said Hydinger. "Second doubles was extended for a long time, but got the job done. First doubles came up with a big win for us."
Praibis, ranked 39th in the country, won the first singles match of the day, 6-1, 6-0, over Chatterjee at the top spot.
"It feels good to win in doubles, singles and overall as a team," Praibis said. "This was very important for us to win this match."
The Boilers claimed their initial singles contest as sophomore Jarred Leibner took out McCarthy, 6-4, 6-3, at No. 4.
The Hoosiers secured the match as Stone captured his match as No. 6 and sophomore David Bubenicek won at No. 3. Stone bested sophomore Eric Hodgman, 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, and Bubenicek upended Robinson 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.
"I played pretty poorly in the first set," said Stone. "I made a lot of unforced errors. I just forgot about the first set and was able to come back and pull out the match."
Recht fell at No. 2, but junior Neil Kenner won the last match of the day over Foster, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, at No. 5.
The Hoosiers will return to the courts next weekend for more Big Ten action at No. 59 Northwestern (April 2) and at Wisconsin (April 3). Both contests are slated to begin at noon.
No. 57 Indiana 5, No. 68 Purdue 2
IU Varsity Tennis Courts
1. #56 John Stone/Ryan Recht (IU) def. Sounak Chatterjee/Filip Koziell (PUR) 8-6
2. Jakub Praibis/Dmytro Ishtuganov (IU) def. Paul Rose/David Robinson (PUR) 8-6
3. Colin Foster/Scott Warner (PUR) def. Dara McLoughlin/Michael McCarthy (IU) 8-5
1. #39 Jakub Praibis (IU) def. Sounak Chatterjee (PUR) 6-1, 6-0
2. Filip Koziell (PUR) def. Ryan Recht (IU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-4
3. David Bubenicek (IU) def. David Robinson (PUR) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2
4. Jarred Leibner (PUR) def. Michael McCarthy (IU) 6-4, 6-3
5. Neil Kenner (IU) def. Colin Foster (PUR) 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
6. John Stone (IU) def. Eric Hodgman (PUR) 1-6, 6-4, 6-3
Purdue 3-8, 0-3 Big Ten; National ranking #68
Indiana 8-8, 2-1 Big Ten; National ranking #57
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (1,4,6,2,3,5)
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