Hoosiers Take Part in Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional
Oct. 19, 2005
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.
Playing Tough at the Top
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
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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