Stone Advances to Conso Semis
MADISON, Wisc. - Indiana junior John Stone won a pair of matches to advance into the semifinals of the first round consolation bracket at the Big Ten Singles Championship Sunday on the campus of the University of Wisconsin.
"John has played very consistent tennis this weekend," Head Coach Ken Hydinger said. "He has been very steady. He has been moving his serve around and keeping his unforced errors to a minimum. I have been impressed by his clean ground strokes as well."
The Greenwood, Ind., native defeated a pair of Badgers in Felipe Bellido, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the round of 16 and Alex Kasarov, 7-6 (4), 6-3, in the quarterfinals. Stone will face Steve Peretz of Michigan in the semifinals on Monday morning.
Fellow classmate Dmytro Ishtuganov won his first match of the day, 6-1, 7-6, over Sion Wilkens of Minnesota in the first round consolation bracket, but dropped his quarterfinal match, 6-2, 6-4, to Illinois' Pramod Dabir in the quarterfinals.
Senior Ryan Recht lost, 6-4, 6-4, to Minnesota's Avery Ticer in the round of 16 of the main draw. Recht was the lone Hoosier who advanced through Sunday's main draw.
"Ryan played a very competitive match," Hydinger said. "He played a very tough opponent in [Avery] Ticer."
Freshman Michael McCarthy dropped a tough three-set match to Michigan State's Brian Compton 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-3, in his second round consolation match. Sophomore David Bubenicek also fell in the round of 16, 6-2, 6-1, to Penn State's James Dwyer.
"I felt like the whole tournament was a learning experience, but we still have some work to do for the spring season," Hydinger said.
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