Ishtuganov Earns IU Athlete of the Week Honors
April 17, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - On a weekly basis, IUHOOSIERS.com will recognize the top performances in Hoosier Athletics by selecting an IU Athlete of the Week. For the week ending April 16, senior men's tennis player Dmytro Ishtuganov garnered the distinction.
Ishtuganov led the Hoosiers to a pair of conference road victories against Iowa, 7-0, and No. 38 Minnesota, 5-2, on April 14 and 15, respectively. The victory was the first over Minnesota in Minneapolis in 21 years. It snapped a 13-match losing streak against the Golden Gophers. The last time the Hoosiers won in Minneapolis was April 6, 1985. It also was the first win over Minnesota since a 4-3 victory on Feb. 21, 1997 in Bloomington.
The win also was the second this season against a top-40 opponent on the road for the Hoosiers. IU evened its Big Ten record at 4-4 and improved to 15-8 overall. The Hoosiers have won 10 of their last 12 matches.
Ishtuganov knocked off his second top-60 opponent in three weeks with a 6-3, 6-3 win over No. 59 D.J. Geatz of Minnesota at the No. 1 position. The win marked Ishtuganov's 20th of the season and his third over a ranked foe. He evened his Big Ten ledger at 4-4, while improving to 20-13 overall and 13-9 at the No. 1 slot.
In the weekend opener at Iowa, Ishtuganov won at the No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles position in leading the Hoosiers to a 7-0 victory over the Hawkeyes. The Kiev, Ukraine native teamed with sophomore Dara McLoughlin to help IU claim the doubles point with an 8-2 victory at the No. 1 slot, to improve to 11-9 on the year. He then claimed his sixth, three-set victory of the season, 6-1, 2-6, 6-2, over Bart van Monsjou at the No. 1 singles position.
Ishtuganov earned the IU Athlete of the Week honor from a list of deserving nominees. The list of nominees included senior Shannon Johnson (women's golf), freshman Seth Brandon (men's golf), the first novice eight (rowing), senior Stephen Haas (men's track and field), sophomore Candace Perry (women's track and field) and junior Keith Haas (baseball)
Hoosier Honor Roll
Freshman Seth Brandon (men's golf) - shared medalist honors with a career-low 215 (67-74-74) to lead the Hoosiers to a second-place finish at the Kepler Intercollegiate.
The first novice eight (rowing) - freshman Madison Spruell (cox), freshman Ashley Johnson (stroke), junior Kourtney Beckham, freshman Jenn Maslanka, freshman Jamie Spoto, sophomore Kiri Crane, freshman Jessica Keller, freshman Brittany Billingsley and freshman Kelsey Kapral (bow) came away with two of the three Hoosier victories over the weekend.
Senior Stephen Haas (men's track and field) - ran the second-fastest time (28:52.30) in school history and the fastest in 33 years by an IU athlete in the 10,000m to place third in the event at the Mt. Sac Relays.
Sophomore Candace Perry (women's track and field) - earned a regional-qualifying mark with a fifth-place and personal-best jump of 6.09m (19-11.75) in the long jump.
Junior Laura McGaffigan (women's tennis) - turned in a pair of singles wins at the No. 2 position to go along with a doubles victory in matches against Minnesota and No. 37 Iowa.
Junior Keith Haas (baseball) - batted .500 (7-for-14) with two RBI, three runs and three stolen bases as the Hoosiers went 3-2 on the week, including a split against in-state rival Purdue.
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