Mar. 24, 1997
Men's Tennis Prepares for Indiana
OVERALL RECORD: 6-9
THIS WEEKEND: No. 79 Michigan State continues its Big Ten schedule with a home match against Indiana on Saturday, March 29, at 1:00 p.m. in the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. MSU, 6-9 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten, split its conference road matchups this past weekend, dropping a 4-3 decision to Purdue on Saturday, March 22, while rebounding with a big 4-3 win over No. 16 Illinois on Sunday. The Hoosiers enter this weekend's play 11-4 overall and 3-0 in conference play following a 2-0 mark last week.
SPARTAN NET NOTES: Sophomore Trey Eubanks (Louisville, Ky.) continues to show his value on the squad picking up two more wins at No. 1 singles this past weekend and improving his overall record to 22-8. Eubanks' victories included an upset over No. 39 Cary Franklin of Illinois, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2 ... Head Coach Gene Orlando stands three victories shy of career win No. 100 ... The Spartans are still struggling to gain the doubles point, losing all six doubles matches this weekend and leaving themselves 5-for-14 in capturing that all-important doubles win ... With two more one-point matches, 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 18-12 overall mark. Jacobson is one of two players who has competed in four of six positions. Jacobson has played at Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 5, while freshman Ivica Primorac (Mostar, Bosnia) has competed at Nos. 2, 4, 5 and 6 ... The Green and White have four remaining home matches including this Saturday's action before playing host to the 88th annual Big Ten Team Championship.
SUCCESS IN HOOSIER LAND: No. 62 Indiana is off to a roaring start at 11-4, only dropping matches to highly respected No. 44 Virginia (4-3), No. 30 Michigan (4-0), No. 20 Notre Dame (5-2) and No. 7 Kentucky (5-2). The Hoosiers are only rated 10th in Region IV, with sophomore Anton Klaric the highest regionally ranked Hoosier at 18th. Klaric currently holds a 17-16 overall mark, primarily at No. 1 singles where he is 7-6. Carrying IU's top overall mark is Hayden Gibson with a 24-9 record, mostly at No. 4 (6-0). Klaric and Gabriel Montilla hold the team's top double mark at 12-8, with most play in the No. 2 position.
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