IU Concludes Conference Homestand
April 5, 2006
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
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
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
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
Defeating Ranked Opponents
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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