2006 Men's Tennis Fall In Review
Dec. 8, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.- The Indiana men's tennis team completed a strong fall tournament season in preparation for dual-meet action in the spring.
"I feel like we made a lot of good improvements in the fall," head coach Ken Hydinger said. "A lot of good work was accomplished on our games, as well as our physical conditioning. Overall, I thought everyone on the team improved."
Senior David Bubenicek emerged as the No. 1 player for the Hoosiers with a 10-3 record. He finished the fall season with a second-place finish in the Big Ten Singles Championship. Bubenicek defeated three players who were nationally ranked in the preseason, including 37th-ranked D.J. Geatz of Minnesota, who Bubenicek defeated 2-6, 6-4, 7-6.
"I thought David made a huge jump," Hydinger said. "He's establishing himself as a good No. 1 player."
Junior Dara McLoughlin reached the semifinals of the Big Ten Singles Championship for the second year in a row, falling to the eventual champion. He ended the fall with a 6-3 record.
"I think Dara has his best tennis in front of him," Hydinger said.
Bubenicek and McLoughlin teamed up to go 4-1 in doubles during the fall. The only team that defeated them was ranked in the top 30 nationally. The duo will likely begin the spring in the No. 1 doubles position.
Junior Michael McCarthy played in just two tournaments in the fall, going 3-3.
"Mike had academic commitments that limited his playing time, but I liked what I saw from him and I think his results will be good in the spring," Hydinger said.
Senior Arnaud Roussel also showed big improvements from last year. He finished the fall 7-3, and won the Hoosier Invitational with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Michael Dierberger of Wisconsin.
"Arnaud came back from the summer physically stronger," Hydinger said. "His indoor game improved significantly and he won some matches this year that he might not have won last year."
Sophomore Peter Antons earned a 7-4 record during the fall season. Three of the four matches that he lost went three sets. Antons nearly took 49th-ranked Christian Tempke into three sets.
"Peter is really on the move," Hydinger said. "He's close to putting it all together, and more matches in the spring should really help him do that."
Roussel and Antons were 2-3 in doubles in the fall season. The two reached the doubles final of the Hoosier Invitational.
"Paul suffered an injury at the end of the year, but he's making good strides and he's been working hard," Hydinger said. "He has a good attitude."
Indiana expects several players to join the team in the spring to round out an already talented roster.
"We're hoping that the improvements in fundamentals and the experiences that the team has had, combined with new players coming in, will give us a very good year," Hydinger said.
The Hoosiers begin the spring season on Monday, Jan. 15, against Morehead State and IPFW.
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