WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. Indiana junior Neil Kenner highlighted a successful first day for the mens tennis team, as he was one of four IU players to make it to tomorrows bracket finals at the Boilermaker Fall Invitational on Saturday.
Kenner won his first round match, 6-4, 6-4, over Parker Ross of Butler and advanced through the semifinals with a win over Xaviers J.R. Randell, 6-4, 6-1. Kenner will face James Low of Butler in the in the finals.
In the lower half of the Gold Bracket, junior Dmytro Ishtuganov won his first-round match, 1-6, 6-1, 6-0, over Purdues Jarred Leibner, before falling to Low in the semis 6-4, 6-4.
Sophomore David Bubenicek will play in tomorrows final of the Black Flight against Scott Warner of Purdue. The Kromeriz, Czech Republic, native advanced with victories against Xaviers Justin Yeager, 7-5, 6-4, and Collin Foster of Purdue, 6-3, 6-0.
Senior Ryan McCarthy won his first match of the day in the Black Flight, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3, over Evan West of Butler. McCarthy was downed by Warner in the semifinals 6-3, 6-1.
The third Hoosier to advance to the finals was freshman Michael McCarthy in the Silver Flight. He beat Mike Weaver of Butler, 7-5, 6-2, in his first-round match and then downed Eric Hodgman of Purdue, 6-3, 6-0, to advance to the championship.
Freshman teammate Dara McLoughlin kept pace with McCarthy in the White Flight, as he moved onto the finals as well. He won both of his matches in straight sets over Butlers Adam Bordow, 6-0, 6-1, and Tony Aker, 6-2, 6-1.
Senior Tom Bagnato fell in his first round match against Toledos Tony Tran by the score of 6-4, 7-6.
In doubles action, Kenner and McLoughlin won their first match in the Black Flight, 8-4, over the tandem of Brian Rager and Josh Moran of Toledo. The duo of Ishtuganov and Bagnato and the McCarthy brothers advanced in the Gold Flight.
The singles finals, as well as the doubles semifinals and finals, are slated for tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m.