Big Ten Singles Up Next
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Indiana men's tennis team will play in its final fall tournament, the Big Ten Singles Championship, on Nov. 12-15 at the University of Wisconsin. The tournament will feature members of all 11 Big Ten teams, competing throughout the weekend, in singles action at the Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
"We've had a lot of guys improve this fall," Head Coach Ken Hydinger said. "This weekend will give the young guys a chance to see Big Ten play, the depth of it and get a feel for the intensity of it. This tournament will not be as intense as during the dual match season, but the level of play with still be high."
The tournament will begin with a 32-man qualifying round on Friday morning at 9 a.m. The top-eight finishers in that bracket will feed into Saturday's main draw. Senior Tom Bagnato, junior John Stone and freshman Dara McLoughlin are entered in the qualifying tournament.
Stone received a bye to the round of 16 and will play the winner of the Mikey Kantar (Minnesota) and Eric Hodgeman (Purdue) match. Bagnato is slated to play Iowa's Jonny Hoak in the first round and McLoughlin is scheduled to face Chris Sherman of Penn State. The round of 16 will begin at the conclusion of the first round matches with the eight qualifiers shipped into the main draw.
The main draw will commence on Nov. 13 at 9 a.m., with five Hoosiers already slated to compete. Senior Ryan Recht and freshman Michael McCarthy are two of the 16-seeded players in the tournament, at 13th and 15th respectively.
"Michael McCarthy played well in the last tournament and showed that he could compete at the collegiate level," Hydinger said. "I think that Ryan Recht is capable, he has had big tournaments here before, and he is looking forward to this weekend."
Recht, who captured the Big Ten consolation round title last year, will face a qualifier in his first match. McCarthy, 8-1 on the fall campaign, is set to battle Kyle Markham of Iowa.
Junior Dmytro Ishtuganov will face the top-seeded player Andrew Formanczyk of Michigan State, sophomore David Bubenicek will play the No. 10-seed Illinois' Pramod Dabir and senior Neil Kenner squares-off against the No. 16-seed Andres Osorio of Minnesota.
"I think that everyone has room for individual growth in this tournament and that is the mood of the team heading into the weekend," Hydinger said.
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