Jan. 13, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team opened the season on a winning note, capturing the doubles point and posting five singles victories to defeat Toledo, 6-1 on Saturday morning.
"Coming in, we knew Toledo would be a challenge," said Michigan State head coach Gene Orlando. "The 6-1 finish is not indicative of the match, but it's good to win decisively and it's a good start for the season.
"In doubles, it looked like we were in control, but it came down to the very end. Rinks stepped up and served it out to give us the win."
At No. 3 doubles, the Spartan duo of Adam Monich and Tyler Sauerbrey controlled the match from start to finish, beating Toledo's Chris Clark and Keith Moran, 8-4. At No. 2, Michigan State's John Allare and Alex Forger fought a tough Rockets team of Travis Curran and Brian Rager, before falling 9-7.
With doubles split, 1-1, the final match at No. 1 would determine the team point. Junior Nick Rinks and senior Michael Flowers would come through for the Spartans, capturing the match, and doubles point, with an 8-6 victory over Mohammed Al Nabhani and Jared Miller.
With the momentum in their favor, the Spartans quickly picked up three matches in singles to guarantee the win.
No. 51-ranked Rinks easily won at No. 1 over Miller (6-1, 6-2), Monich and Allare also picked up wins in two sets at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. Monich defeated Clark (6-4, 6-1), while Allare picked up a win over Josh Moran (6-1, 6-0).
Flowers suffered the only setback of day, falling to Curran, 6-3, 6-2.
Both the No. 2 and No. 6 matches went into three sets, with the Spartans coming out on top in both tie-breakers. At No. 2, Forger posted a 6-3 win in the first set, before dropping the second, 3-6. Forger regained control, coming away with the win over Al Nabhani by taking the third set, 10-8.
At No. 6, Jason Norville let the first set slip to Tyler Sonkin, 4-6, but battled his way back in the second set winning it 6-4. The super breaker also went in Norville's favor (10-8), to earn another point for Michigan State, to close out with the 6-1 win.
The Spartans were also granted a 7-0 win over Wright State by forfeit this afternoon. MSU is 2-0 to start the season, and will be back in action Jan. 20 in East Lansing against Indiana State at 10 a.m., and Cleveland State at 4 p.m.