Big Ten Championship Notes
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team (12-11, 6-4 Big Ten) will be the No. 4 seed for the Big Ten Championship this weekend, April 28 - May 1, in Champaign, Ill. The Hoosiers will face the Northwestern Wildcats (11-11, 6-4), the No. 5 seed, in the quarterfinal round on Friday, April 28, at 10 a.m. (CDT) in the Atkins Tennis Center. Both squads tied for third place in the final league standings, but IU owned the tiebreaker with its win over the Wildcats on April 2.
News and Notes:
***Junior John Stone finished the Big Ten season with a record of 7-1. He closed his season with an overall record of 16-5 and 13-3 in dual action. The Greenwood, Ind., native has won four matches in a row, and 11 of his last 12 tilts.
***With a win against Michigan State on April 24, sophomore David Bubenicek became the second IU player to reach the 20-win plateau. The Kromeriz, Czech Republic, product is now 20-7 overall and 16-4 this spring. He joins senior Jakub Praibis, 22-9 on the year and 18-5 in dual action, as the other 20-match winner.
***Junior Dmytro Ishtuganov has won his last five contests and capped the regular season with a 12-7 overall ledger and a 6-3 mark in dual competition.
Scouting The Opponent:
Northwestern (11-11, 6-4) will head into the Big Ten Championships having won five of its last six contests. The Wildcats posted a 5-2 win over then-No. 24 Ohio State on April 23 in their Big Ten regular-season finale.
Senior Tommy Hanus played 20 matches at the No. 1 singles spot and posted a record of 9-11. Sophomore Willy Lock has won seven-straight and boasts team-best 24-8 overall, 18-4 dual, and 9-1 Big Ten records. He played a majority of his matches at the No. 4 slot.
Hanus and senior Chuck Perrin are 6-3 at the No. 1 doubles position this spring and 5-3 in Big Ten play. Both players earned Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors this season.
Northwestern head coach Paul Torricelli is in the midst of his 22nd season at the helm of the tennis program.
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