April 1, 1997

Michigan State Men's Tennis Gears up for Minnesota and Iowa

HEAD COACH: Gene Orlando (6th year)
ASSISTANT COACH: Jeff Westmeyer (1st year)
OVERALL RECORD: 6-10
BIG TEN RECORD: 2-2
REGION IV RECORD: 5-4

UP NEXT: 
            Fri., April 4           at Minnesota        Minneapolis, Minn.      1:00 p.m.
            Sun., April 6           at Iowa             Iowa City, Iowa         1:00 p.m.

THIS WEEKEND: Michigan State looks to pick up a pair of Big Ten wins over No. 49 Minnesota and Iowa on the road this weekend. MSU will face the Gophers in Minneapolis, Friday, April 4, before traveling to Iowa City to take on the Hawkeyes on Sunday, April 6. Both matches will start at 1:00 p.m. The Spartans are coming off a 6-1 loss to Indiana, having dropped nine of theor last 11. Michigan State, 6-10 overall and 2-2 in the conference, have lost all but one game on the road this season (1-6). That win came at the expense of 11th-ranked Illinois.

SPARTAN NET NOTES: Senior co-captain Aaron Murray (Traverse City) was the only Spartan to pick up a singles victory Saturday, March 29, against Indiana. Murray, who recently jumped to the No. 2 singles position, defeated regionally ranked Anton Klaric, a usual No. 1 singles player, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Murray improved his overall record to 10-8 with that win, and evened his No. 2 mark to 2-2 ... Head Coach Gene Orlando stands three victories shy of career win No. 100 ... The Spartans are still struggling to gain the doubles point, going 5-for-15 in capturing that all important doubles win. This weekend against Indiana, all three doubles matches were fairly close with freshmen Ken Kigongo (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Ivica Primorac (Mostar, Bosnia) pulling out an 8-6 win over Anton Klaric and Gabiel Montilla at No. 2 doubles. Sophomores Trey Eubanks (Louisville, Ky.) and Chris Struck (Okemos) lost a hearbreaker, 9-8 (3), to Derek Pope and George McGill in the No. 1 position ... MSU has played to a 4-3 score on six occasions, going 1-5 in that stretch ... Poised to reach the 20-win plateau is sophomore Mark Jacobson (Roswell, Ga.) with an 18-13 overall mark ... Freshman Ivica Primorac has become MSU's utility tennis player. He is the only Spartan to have played in five of six positions, posting a 14-11 overall record. Primorac has yet to play at No.1 singles, a position sewn up by Eubanks, but has two undefeated records at No. 4 (4-0) and No. 6 (4 0).

LAST MATCHUP BETWEEN TWO TEAMS: MSU fell twice to Minnesota last season, once in the regular season, 6-1 at home, and again at the Big Ten Championship, 4-3. Mark Jacobson was the lone Spartan to win in singles in Michigan State's 6-1 loss as he defeated Matt Gabler, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 6 singles. Ben Hetzler (So., Lund, Sweden), Aaron Murray and former Spartan Alberto Brause all won in the rematch. The Spartans beat the Hawkeyes, 5-2, in their home closer with Brause, Hetzler, Eubanks and Luke Linder (Sr., New York, N.Y.) all picking up sngles victories while Nos. 2 and 3 doubles both won to capture the doubles point.