Men's Tennis

    Hoosiers Take Part in Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Michael McCarthy will open the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional qualifying bracket as the No. 11 seed on Thursday, Oct. 20.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Michael McCarthy will open the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional qualifying bracket as the No. 11 seed on Thursday, Oct. 20.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 19, 2005

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team continues the fall campaign at the 2005 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association Midwest Regional Championships, Oct. 20-25. The event will take place at the Varsity Tennis Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. The singles finalists and doubles champion from the event will earn spots in the 2005 ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships, which Ohio State will host Nov. 3-6.

    The ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships is the second of three national championship events for college tennis in 2005. The first event was the Riviera/ITA Women's and Polo Ralph Lauren Men's All-American Championships took place earlier this year and the season-ending NCAA Championships are the third and final even set for May.

    The Midwest Regional starts with a 64-player singles qualifying bracket, which begins Thursday, Oct. 20, at 2 p.m. The top eight in the qualifying bracket will earn spots in the main draw, which starts Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 a.m. The event comprises a 64-player main singles draw and a 64-team doubles main draw.

    Seniors Dmytro Ishtuganov and Neil Kenner, junior David Bubenicek and sophomore Dara McLoughlin are part of the 64-player main draw that begins on Friday, Oct. 21. Sophomore Michael McCarthy is seeded 11th in the qualifying draw and will play Craig Smith of Wright State on Thursday, Oct. 20.

    The Hoosiers will have a trio of doubles teams competing in the main draw at the Midwest Regional. The duos of Kenner and Ishtuganov, McCarthy and McLoughlin and freshman Peter Antons and Bubenicek are slated to begin competition on Saturday, Oct. 22.

    Starting Perfect
    Junior David Bubenicek opened the season with a perfect 4-0 record at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational, Sept. 23-25. He won all four of his matches in straight sets. The Kromeriz, Czech Republic, native picked up a pair of singles tallies on the opening day of the Invite. He downed John Allare of Michigan State (6-2, 6-2) and Tony Teufel of Louisville (6-0, 6-1). Bubenicek capped the competition with two days with victories over Luke Tedaldi of Brown (6-4, 6-3) and Liron Strauss of Wake Forest (6-3, 6-1).

    Playing Tough at the Top
    Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and sophomore Dara McLoughlin each played solid at the top of the Hoosier lineup at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational. With the format of team versus team singles, Ishtuganov played at the No. 1 position, while McLoughlin played at the second spot for the Hoosiers.

    Ishtuganov compiled a record of 2-2 at the tournament. He defeated Jakob Gustafsson of Louisville, 6-1, 0-6, 10-7, on the opening day of the Invitational. Gustafsson was a 20-match winner for a 2004-05 Cardinal team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament. He also knocked off Saurabh Kohli of Brown, 6-1, 6-4. Arguably, Ishtuganov's best performance came in a three-set defeat to preseason No. 38 Todd Paul of Wake Forest. The Hoosier senior had Paul down a set after winning the first, 6-4, but Paul won the second set 6-3 and claimed the win with a 10-2 third-set victory.

    Despite a 1-3 mark at No. 2, McLoughlin played some strong tennis in every one of his matches. The Dublin, Ireland, native played sparingly at No. 6 singles last season. He opened with a victory over Adam Monich of Michigan State, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 11-9. McLoughlin fell in tightly contested matches with Jeremy Clark of Louisville, Eric Thomas of Brown and Brett Ross of Wake Forest.

    Kenner Starting Strong
    Senior Neil Kenner started the season with a 3-1 mark at the Cincinnati Collegiate Invitational. The Dallas, Texas, native opened the season with three consecutive wins all in straight sets. Kenner defeated Michigan State's Michael Flowers (6-1, 6-0), Jhonny Berrido of Louisville (6-4, 6-3) and Brown's Phil Charm (6-4, 6-2).

    20-Win Players
    Junior David Bubenicek and senior Dmytro Ishtuganov each won more than 20 matches in singles and doubles, respectively, in 2004-05. Bubenicek moved his way up the lineup throughout his sophomore campaign, before finally settling at the No. 3 singles position. The ITA All-Academic Team honoree finished the year with a 21-7 singles mark, including a 17-4 dual meet mark. He also was 7-3 in the Big Ten Conference.

    Ishtuganov has been one of the top Hoosier doubles players over the past two seasons. He won over 20 matches in each season, including a 20-8 mark in 2004-05. Teaming with then-senior Jakub Praibis, the duo played primarily at the No. 2 position amassing a 17-6 dual match mark with a 6-4 Big Ten ledger.




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