Men's Tennis

    Indiana Wraps up Fall at Big Ten Singles Championships

    Go Hoosiers! Sophomore Dara McLoughlin knocked off the first nationally ranked opponent of his career at the ITA Midwest Regional.
    Go Hoosiers!
    Sophomore Dara McLoughlin knocked off the first nationally ranked opponent of his career at the ITA Midwest Regional.
    Go Hoosiers!

    Nov. 9, 2005

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    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team wraps up the fall season at the Big Ten Singles Championships. The competition will take place at the Michigan State Indoor Tennis Facility in East Lansing, Mich., Nov. 11-14. The event will include all 11 Big Ten teams. The Big Ten has 14 players ranked among the top 125 nationally in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) preaseason singles rankings. The conference also had eight programs ranked among the final ITA top 75 team rankings a season ago.

    Stiff Competition
    The Hoosiers faced some extremely tough competition at the Wilson/ITA Midwest Regional Championships in Ann Arbor, Mich., Oct. 20-25. Despite only having one player advance to the second round of the 64-player main singles draw, Indiana played tough against some of the top competition in the region. All five Hoosiers in the main draw faced seeded players.

    Senior Dmytro Ishtuganov and junior David Bubenicek narrowly missed advancing against higher seeded foes. Ishtuganov jumped out to a lead, taking the first set, but could not hold on against the Midwest's third-seeded (No. 42 nationally) Marko Maravic of Michigan. Bubenicek also jumped out to a one-set advantage before dropping the final two in heartbreaking fashion, 7-5, 7-6 (7), to the eighth seed Jose Orozco of Western Michigan (No. 87 nationally).

    In doubles, two of the three Hoosier teams faced seeded opponents in the opening round. The lone team not to face a seeded foe in the opening round was Ishtuganov and senior Neil Kenner, who were seeded 12th. The duo of freshman Peter Antons and junior David Bubenicek picked up their first victory as a team in impressive fashion, knocking off the 15th seeded team from Minnesota, 8-5, in the opening round.

    Double Trouble
    The Hoosiers advanced two teams to the round of 16 in the main doubles draw at the ITA Midwest Regional. The teams of freshman Peter Antons and junior David Bubenicek and seniors Neil Kenner and Dmytro Ishtuganov advanced to the round of 16.

    Kenner and Ishtuganov had an impressive showing at the tournament. The duo defeated three teams to advance to the quarterfinals. The IU tandem took the top-seeded duo of Jeremy Clark and Jakob Gustafssen of Louisville to the wire, falling in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (5). The Cardinal twosome entered the match ranked 19th in the country. Kenner and Ishtuganov are 5-3 as a team this season.

    Antons and Bubenicek defeated the 15th-ranked duo of J. Geatz and Andrew Osario of Minnesota, 8-5, in the opening round. They then moved on to the round of 16 with an 8-6 victory over Prabojo and Prakoso Imanuel of Chicago State before succumbing to the eighth seeded Ohio State team of Chris Klingemann and Devin Mullings.

    Knocking off the Ranked
    Sophomore Dara McLoughlin upset the first nationally ranked player of his Hoosier career in the opening round of the ITA Midwest Regional Main Singles Draw. McLoughlin defeated 15th-seeded Marc Spicijaric of Illinois, 6-3, 7-5. Spicijaric was ranked 115th in the preseason ITA singles poll.

    Moving Through Qualifying
    For the second straight season, sophomore Michael McCarthy mowed his way through the ITA Midwest Regional qualifying singles bracket to advance to the Main Singles Draw. In 2005, McCarthy won three matches, all in straight sets and advanced as one of eight qualifiers to the main draw. He did the same as a freshman in 2004.

    McCarthy, who was the 11th seed in the qualifying bracket, defeated Craig Smith (Wright State), 6-1, 6-4, and Brandon Davis (Illinois), 6-4, 6-2, to set up a seeded affair with the qualifying backet's seventh-ranked player, Lachezar Kasarov of Wisconsin. Like his previous two opponent, McCarthy claimed the spot in the main draw with a straight-set victory, 6-0, 6-3. In the main draw, McCarthy bailed out to the tournament's 16th seed Christian Tempke of Northwestern, but not without a fight. After dropping the first set, 6-0, McCarthy narrowly missed forcing a third set against the 125th-ranked player nationally, falling, 7-6 (7) in the second set.




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