Men's Tennis

    IU Returns to Conference Play Riding Six-Match Win Streak

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Dara McLouhglin has won eight straight matches heading into the Hoosiers' title with No. 39 Penn State.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Dara McLouhglin has won eight straight matches heading into the Hoosiers' title with No. 39 Penn State.
    Go Hoosiers!

    March 26, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team returns to Big Ten Conference play with a road trip to University Park, Pa., to face No. 39 Penn State. Both teams are riding six-match winning streaks heading into the match that is slated for 1 p.m., on March 27.

    It will be the first Big Ten affair for the Hoosiers since Feb. 26 when IU fell, 7-0, at then-No. 3 Illinois. The match will be the third straight Big Ten road affair for IU, who will also look for its first victory over a ranked foe this season. Indiana has dropped all six of its matches to ranked opponents this season. It marks the first time Hoosiers have opened the Big Ten slate with three straight road games since the 1992-93 season.

    Scouting No. 39 Penn State
    The Nittany Lions enter the match with Indiana after moving up in the latest Fila/ITA Tennis Rankings on March 21. Following a win over then-No. 49 Virginia Tech, 4-3, on March 19, Penn State jumped from No. 53 in the national polls to No. 39. The Nittany Lions enter the match on a six-match winning streak and a record of 11-1 overall with a 1-1 Big Ten ledger.

    Penn State owns 7-0 sweeps over St. Bonaventure, Bloomsburg, Bucknell, Lafayette, Purdue, Toledo, Robert Morris, Saint Peter's and Duquesne to go along with a 6-1 victory over Cornell. The lone blemish on the Nittany Lions' record is a 7-0 defeat at Illinois on Feb. 26.

    Senior Mark Barry leads the Nittany Lions playing at the No. 1 singles position. He is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week after knocking off then-No. 85 Arvid Puranen, 7-6, 4-6, 6-3, in the win over Virginia Tech.

    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 Hydinger (Men's Tennis) - 304 - 1984-Present

    McLoughlin Streaking
    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. After adding a straight-set win at No. 2 singles against Vincennes, McLoughlin ran his season-long winning streak to eight matches. With the streak, he has moved into a tie with sophomore Michael McCarthy for the most singles victories on the team with 17.

    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 has five three-set victories, and sophomore Michael McCarthy has claimed a quartet of three-set wins. Senior Neil Kenner and freshman Peter Antons each have a pair.




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