Munch Michigan State, 6-1
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 57 Indiana men's tennis team closed its Big Ten regular season with a 6-1 win over Michigan State on Sunday afternoon. The Hoosiers are now 12-11 on the year and 6-4 in league play, while the Spartans fall to 12-12 overall and 4-6 in conference action.
MSU claimed the first doubles match as senior Andrew Formanczyk and freshman Nick Rinks, ranked 39th in the nation, bested senior Jakub Praibis and junior Dmytro Ishtuganov, 8-4, at the top position.
The Hoosiers evened the tandem competition as the freshmen duo of Michael McCarthy and Dara McLoughlin upended senior Cameron Marshall and freshman Adam Monich, 8-5, at No. 3. The pair is now 9-9 on the year.
Senior Ryan Recht and junior John Stone secured the doubles point for IU with a 8-6 conquest of senior Anthony Stefani and sophomore Michael Flowers at No. 2. The twosome evens its record to 12-12 on the season.
The Hoosiers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the affair as junior Dmytro Ishtuganov defeated junior Mike Brown, 6-2, 6-3, at No. 6, and Stone rolled over sophomore Joseph McWilliams, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 5. Ishtuganov moved his overall record to 12-7, while Stone improved to 16-5 and 7-1 in Big Ten play. The Greenwood, Ind., native has won his last four singles contests.
Praibis, ranked 57th in the country, sealed the tilt with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Formanczyk at No. 1. The Litomerice, Czech Republic, product is now 22-9 on the year and 18-5 in dual matches.
Recht earned a 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 2, and senior Tom Bagnato posted a 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 victory at No. 4. It was Recht's eighth win of the year, while Bagnato notched his 12th.
The Hoosiers will return to the courts next weekend for the Big Ten Championship, April 28 - May 1, in Champaign, Ill. Log onto IUHOOSIERS.com later this evening for the finalized pairings at next weekend's conference championship.
#57 Indiana 6, Michigan State 1
East Lansing, Mich.
1. #57 Jakub Praibis (IND) def. Andrew Formanczyk (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
2. Ryan Recht (IND) def. Cameron Marshall (MSU) 6-3, 7-5
3. Nick Rinks (MSU) def. David Bubenicek (IND) 6-3, 6-3
4. Tom Bagnato (IND) def. Adam Monich (MSU) 4-6, 6-2, 7-5
5. John Stone (IND) def. Joseph McWilliams (MSU) 6-4, 6-1
6. Dmytro Ishtuganov (IND) def. Mike Brown (MSU) 6-2, 6-3
1. #39 Formanczyk/Rinks (MSU) def. Praibis/Ishtuganov (IND) 8-4
2. Recht/Stone (IND) def. Stefani/Flowers (MSU) 8-6
3. McLoughlin/McCarthy (IND) def. Marshall/Monich (MSU) 8-5
Indiana 12-11, 6-4; National ranking #57
Michigan State 12-12, 4-6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (6,5,1,3,2,4)
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