April 15, 1997

Men's Tennis Caps Off the Season with Two Home Matches

HEAD COACH: Gene Orlando (6th year)
ASSISTANT COACH: Jeff Westmeyer (1st year)
OVERALL RECORD: 7-13
BIG TEN RECORD: 3-5
REGION IV RECORD: 6-5

Up Next  
        Sat., April 19      WISCONSIN       MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts   1:00 p.m.
        Sun., April 20      NORTHWESTERN    MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts   1:00 p.m.

This Weekend
Michigan State will debut its newly constructed outdoor tennis courts as it winds down its 1997 regular season. The Spartans will host 9-10 Wisconsin on Saturday, April 19, at 1:00 p.m., and 13-5 Northwestern on Sunday, April 20, at 1:00 p.m. to close out the dual match schedule. MSU will then host the 88th annual Big Ten Team Championship Thursday through Sunday, April 24-27. The Spartans carry a 7-13 overall record and 3-5 Big Ten mark. They are looking to end a two-match slide, coming off a heartbreaking 4-3 loss to Michigan and a 5-2 defeat at Penn State.

Spartan Net Notes
Sophomore Trey Eubanks (Louisville, Ky.) currently holds the best win-loss ratio (at least 20 matches played) at MSU since Mashiska Washington posted a 31-12 record his sophomore year in 1994. Eubanks, at 26-9, does hold the fewest losses per 25 wins since Kevin Seckel had a 26-8 year in 1992. Washington, who left to turn pro following his second year, held a 15-7 slate at No. 1 singles, while Seckel's best was 12-5 at No. 4. Eubanks is 16-5 at his No. 1 position, giving him the fewest losses in positional play (at least 20 matches) since Seckel put up a 22-4 record at No. 3 singles in the 1993 season ... Head coach Gene Orlando is two wins away from 100 for his career ... MSU won the doubles point against Michigan, marking just the second time since Feb. 22 (12 matches) that State has captured the doubles point ... Ben Hetzler (Jr., Lund, Sweden) and Eubanks were the only two Spartans to win two singles matches this past week. Hetzler defeated Michigan's Will Farah, 6-4, 7-5, on Wednesday, April 9, before topping Penn State's Marc Dorfman, 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, on Sunday, April 13. Both of Hetzler's matches were at No. 4 singles. Eubanks took matches from UM's David Paradzik, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, and PSU's Michael Carter, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4. Hetzler is 17-13 overall and 3-1 at No. 4 ... Eubanks leads with a 7-1 conference record, while Hetzler is second with a 5-2 slate.

Last Time These Two Teams Met
MSU defeated Wisconsin, 4-3, in Madison, Wis., on March 30 last season. Trey Eubanks, Aaron Murray (Sr., Traverse City) and Luke Linder (Sr., New York, N.Y) are all returning winners. The Green and White beat Northwestern last season, winning 4-3 in Evanston, Ill. Winners back this season from that contest are Eubanks and Ben Hetzler.

Scouting Report
Wisconsin (9-10, 2-6 Big Ten) enters the match following a weekend road split -- losing to Minnesota (7-0) and beating Iowa (6-1). The Badgers are led by junior John Thompsen, who holds a team-best 24 13 record. Thompsen has competed mainly in the No. 2 singles position (11-6) and holds a 4-4 Big Ten mark.

Northwestern (13-5, 8-0) will look to maintain its perfect Big Ten record after coming off a sweep of Minnesota (5-2) and Iowa (5-2) last weekend. The Wildcats are led by the No. 1 and No. 2 singles duo of Alex Witt (12-6) and Marc Silva (14-4), respectively. No. 4 Martin Bengtsson and No. 5 Doug Bohaboy have each been hot during conference play, as they both have posted identical 7-1 marks.