Men's Tennis

    IU Concludes Conference Homestand

    Go Hoosiers! Senior Neil Kenner enters the match against Ohio State on a five match winning streak at the No. 4 singles position.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Senior Neil Kenner enters the match against Ohio State on a five match winning streak at the No. 4 singles position.
    Go Hoosiers!

    April 5, 2006

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The No. 66 Indiana men's tennis team concludes its three-match Big Ten homestand when it faces No. 4 Ohio State at 1 p.m., on Friday, April 7. The Hoosiers split a pair of conference tilts with Wisconsin and Northwestern on March 31 and April 2. IU defeated the Badgers, 4-3 before falling by the same score to the Wildcats. The loss to Northwestern snapped a nine-match winning streak, the longest since the 1984-85 team won 11 straight.

    Scouting No. 4 Ohio State
    The No. 4 Ohio State men's tennis team defeated then-No. 5 Illinois, 5-2, Sunday at the Stickney Tennis Center in Columbus. The win was the Buckeyes' first against the Illini since Ohio State beat Illinois in the 2001 Big Ten Tournament title match. It marked the first regular-season conference loss for Illinois since 1997, a streak of 86 matches. Ohio State is 16-1 overall, 4-0 in conference action and riding a seven-match winning streak.

    In the match against Illinois, Chris Klingemann won at No. 1 for OSU, while Bryan Koniecko, Dennis Mertens and Ross Wilson won at the No. 3, No. 5 and No. 6 spots, respectively. The Buckeyes also claimed the doubles point with wins at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions.

    Koniecko, Klingemann, Devin Mullings and Steve Moneke are ranked No. 49, No. 76, No. 83 and No. 116 nationally in singles for the Buckeyes. Scott Green and Ross Wilson own an overall mark of 21-2 at the No. 1 doubles slot and are ranked No. 2 in the country. OSU's No. 3 duo of Mullings and Klingemann own a doubles mark of 15-1. Mertens leads the Buckeyes with 19 singles victories, while Mullings has 18.

    Since a 5-2 loss at Notre Dame on Feb. 24, the Buckeyes have reeled off seven straight wins. Included in that streak, Ohio State has defeated all four of its conference foes. Along with its win over Illinois, OSU owns victories over Iowa (7-0), Minnesota (5-2) and Purdue (7-0). Aside from the conference battles, IU and Ohio State have two common opponents in Butler and Toledo. Ohio State defeated both teams 7-0, while Indiana knocked off Toledo, 6-1, and Butler, 5-2.

    Return to the Rankings
    The Hoosiers returned to the rankings for the first time in over a month with the release of the April 4 ITA Fila Rankings. Indiana garnered the No. 66 spot in the poll after dropping out of the poll on March 1.

    Indiana's highest ranking this season was No. 60. IU earned that ranking on three occasions, including the first poll of the season on Jan. 10. The Hoosiers were also No. 60 on Feb. 7 and Feb. 14.

    Ishtuganov Knocks Off Ranked Foe
    Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov defeated his second ranked opponent of the 2005-06 season when he defeated No. 51 Christian Tempke of Northwestern on April 2. After winning the first set in a tiebreaker, 7-6, Ishtuganov rolled though Tempke, 6-2, in the second to claim the victory. The win upped the Hoosiers' No. 1 singles player to 18-12 overall and 11-8 at the top slot.

    Earlier in the year, Ishtuganov defeated then-No. 120 Bryan Koniecko of Ohio State at the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championship in November for his first victory over a ranked foe.

    Gutting It Out
    With the Hoosiers' March 31 match against Wisconsin on the line, junior David Bubenicek stepped to the forefront for IU. After falling in the first set to Wisconsin's Nolan Polley, 6-2, Bubenicek rallied to notch his first three-set victory of the season. With the tide of the match turning the way of the Badgers as UW won a pair of singles matches to even it at three, Bubenicek picked up the slack for Indiana. On serve at 4-3 in the second set, the Hoosier junior broke Polley and served out the set, 6-3. In the decisive set, Bubenicek continued to roll by picking up breaks to take 3-2 and 5-2 leads, before serving out a 6-2 victory. The victory gave the Hoosiers its eighth straight victory, 4-3.

    Streaking Doubles
    Senior Neil Kenner and sophomore Michael McCarthy have been on a roll at the No. 3 doubles position. After starting out 0-2 as a duo, the pair have run off seven straight victories. The duo improved to 3-0 in Big Ten play with wins over Wisconsin and Northwestern on March 31 and April 2. The winning streak is the longest by an IU doubles team this season.

    Defeating Ranked Opponents
    After dropping its first six matches to ranked opponents this season, the Hoosiers defeated then-No. 39 Penn State, 6-1, in University Park, Pa. The win was not only the first over a ranked opponent on the season, but the first victory for IU over a top-40 program on the road in three years. The last time IU defeated a top-40 opponent on the road was Jan. 24, 2003, when it knocked off then-No. 27 Notre Dame, 4-3.

    Sensational Sophomores
    The sophomore tandem of Dara McLoughlin and Michael McCarthy have made quite the impact in their second seasons with the Hoosiers. Both players rank among the team leaders in singles victories while playing at the No. 3 and No. 5 positions, respectively.

    After only seeing limited action in the singles lineup as a rookie, McLoughlin has played in every dual match this season. In doing so, the Dublin, Ireland native has garnered the top dual-match record of any Hoosier at 13-7. McLoughlin won 10 straight matches prior to a loss to Juan Gomez of Northwestern. Included in the run were the clinching matches over South Florida and Penn State, as well as a win over then-No. 60 Brett Helgeson of Notre Dame. McLoughlin owns a 19-12 overall record and 3-2 in Big Ten play.

    McCarthy battled through his rookie season at IU with injuries, but still managed to win 15 singles matches. He has surpassed that total already in his sophomore campaign with 18 victories. Playing mainly at the No. 5 position, the Cincinnati, Ohio native has racked up a dual-match mark of 11-8. He owns a pair of conference wins as well. Over the last few weeks, McCarthy has teamed with senior Neil Kenner at the No. 3 doubles position. The duo has gone 7-2, including winning its last seven matches.

     

     

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