IU Returns to Conference Play Riding Six-Match Win Streak
March 26, 2006
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
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
"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
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
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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