Jan. 20, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State pulled out five singles wins in the third set to take down Indiana State, 6-1, Saturday morning. The Spartans started the day strong in doubles, but the momentum slowed down in singles as four of the six matches went into the third set.
The Spartans got an early lead, picking up the doubles point with wins in all three doubles matches. Sophomores John Allare and Alex Forger shutout Indiana State's Mpiloenhle Migogo and Blake Douglas, 8-0, at No. 3 to give MSU the early advantage. The win was followed up by another victory at No. 2 for the Spartans, from freshman Jason Norville and junior Adam Monich. Norville and Monich took the match, 8-3, to decide the doubles point. At No. 1, junior Nick Rinks and senior Michael Flowers were also successful, defeating the Sycamore team of Anton Tsymbalov and Rishi Behl, 8-3.
In singles, freshman Scott Rasmussen stepped in for MSU at No. 6, defeating Douglas in straight sets (6-0, 6-1) to put the Spartans up 2-0. The next match off the court was at No. 5, where freshman Tyler Sauerbrey lost to Wenham in two sets. After losing the first set, 6-3, Sauerbrey played a tough second set, building a 5-4 lead before falling, 7-5.
The top four singles matches each went into a third set, with MSU coming away with each of the four matches to get the win.
At No. 1, Rinks took his first set, 6-2, before dropping the second, 5-7, to Tsymbalov. He came up with a big 6-3 win in the third set to win the match and another point for Michigan State to put the Spartans up 3-1. With a win by Allare at No. 4, Michigan State clinched the victory over Indiana State. Allare defeated Sigurdsson 6-2 in the first set, before falling the second, 4-6. He easily took the third set, 6-1, to get the win.
Forger also pulled out a third set win at No. 2 to put the Spartans ahead, 4-1. He pulled ahead with a 6-4 win in the first set, before Behl knotted the match, 1-1, with a 6-4 win in the second. Forger went on to win the third set 6-3.
Monich and Migogo proved to be evenly matched opponents at No. 3. Sigurdsson captured the first set, 6-4, while Monich came back to win the second with the same score. Monich battled his way to 5-2 lead in the third set, but Sigurdsson took the next two games to pull to within 5-4. Monich finished off the match by taking the next game for a 6-4 win.
The Spartans (3-0) resume play at 4 p.m. today against Cleveland State.