ITA Regional Begins
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Indiana tennis players junior Dmytro Ishtuganov and freshman Michael McCarthy advanced during the first round of the qualifying bracket at the Intercollegiate Midwest Regional Championships on Thursday, Oct. 21, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
McCarthy entered the bracket as the fourth seed and defeated Valparaiso's Nic Kooyers, 6-4, 6-2, while Ishtuganov downed Nicolaus Hourd, 6-2, 6-4, of Louisville. McCarthy is now 4-0 on the fall season; Ishtuganov improved to 3-1.
Additionally Patrick Buchanan, the sixth seed, of Notre Dame outlasted sophomore David Bubenicek in almost three hours, 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4.
Eight players from the qualifying round will advance to the main draw (Oct. 23-26.) In the second round of qualifying on Friday morning, McCarthy will play Karol Zarucki of Illinois-Chicago and Ishtuganov will square of against Ohio State's Dominic Ozanne. Both matches are slated to begin at 10 a.m., at U of M's Varsity Tennis Center.
Seniors Jakub Praibis, No. 23 in the ITA preseason singles rankings, and Ryan Recht, along with junior Neil Kenner have already secured spots in the 64-player main draw singles bracket beginning on Oct. 23 at 8 a.m.
Praibis, the top-seeded player in the tournament and one of sixteen seeded players, will face one of the eight players who advance through qualifying. Kenner will battle No. 15 Stephen Bass of Notre Dame, while Recht tangles with No. 14 Damar Johnson of Louisville.
Three doubles teams are scheduled to compete for the Hoosiers this weekend. The pairs include Praibis and Ishtuganov (No. 5 seed), Recht and junior John Stone (No. 7 seed) and McCarthy, along with his brother senior Ryan McCarthy.
The first matches of the doubles bracket will begin upon completion of the qualifying singles rounds on Friday afternoon.
Praibis and Ishtuganov, No. 55 in the preseason ITA doubles rankings, will play Notre Dame's Barry King and Sheeva Parbhu. Recht and Stone face Elliott Bisnow and Jeremy Sonkin of Wisconsin, while the McCarthy brothers battle the duo of Sam Davidson and Mark Henderson from DePaul.
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