Jan. 20, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team defeated Cleveland State, 6-1, on Saturday afternoon to improve to 4-0 on the season. The Spartan team won the doubles point and then went on to claim victories in five of six singles matches.
"We were challenged in the first match against Indiana State, won the doubles point and then it was up in the air," said head coach Gene Orlando. "I want to have close matches, especially early. It was good for us to be challenged like that; we had to pull through and we were able to do that.
"I thought Alex Forger did a great job in both matches today. He gutted out a three setter against Indiana State this morning and then stepped up to play at No.1 against Cleveland State, which is never easy playing higher than usual. Alex took control early and didn't give him a chance. Nick Rinks had a solid performance against a good player from Indiana State this morning, and John Allare continued his solid play this week in both matches."
The Spartans continued to have solid play in doubles against CSU, picking up two matches to earn the doubles point. Freshmen Jason Norville and Tyler Sauerbrey claimed the first victory for Michigan State at No. 2, with an 8-1 win over Steven Wipprecht and Rob West. Junior Nick Rinks and senior Michael Flowers remained undefeated at No. 1, topping Phil Orno and Ryan Hamning, 8-4, to give MSU a 1-0 lead over the Vikings.
In his first appearance at No. 1 this season, sophomore Alex Forger easily knocked off Orno in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0. At No. 4, Rasmussen also won in straight sets, defeating Singer, 6-2, 6-2, to put the Spartan team up 3-0.
Allare put up the deciding point for the second time today in his 6-3, 6-3 win over Groleski at No. 2. Norville added an extra point for MSU with a win at No. 5 over Wipprecht, fighting to a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
Next off the court at No. 3, Sauerbrey suffered the Spartans' only loss, falling to Hamning in three sets, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.
In the final match of the day, Brendan Kinkopf won the first set, 6-3 over West, but was challenged in the second set before eventually pulling off a 7-6 (7-3) win.
Michigan State (4-0) will resume play for its first road contest of the season at Texas A&M on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 12 p.m.
"Next weekend, we play two ranked opponents in Texas A&M and Rice, so it will give us an opportunity to see where we stand at that level," Orlando said. "It was good to get four matches under our belt before we go down to play our first road contest."