Jan. 27, 2007
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The Michigan State men's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season at No. 20 Texas A&M, 7-0.
In doubles, MSU's team of Nick Rinks and Michael Flowers was the first to fall at No. 3 in a tight 8-6 match against Brett Joelson and Bryan Wooten. The Spartans also dropped the second match off the court at No. 2 with Alex Forger and John Allare falling to Luka Ocvirk and John Nallon, 8-5, which gave the Aggies the doubles point. At No. 1 doubles, the 44th-ranked team of Conor Pollock and Matt Bain topped Adam Monich and Jason Norville, 8-2.
The Aggies also controlled singles play, winning each of the six matches. The Spartans quickly dropped the No. 5 and No. 6 matches, both in straight sets. Flowers fell to Bain, 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5, while Norville lost to Joelson, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 6.
Monich fought in the first match before eventually falling 6-3, but was blanked 6-0 in the second as he fell to Clay Donato at No. 3. With the win, Texas A&M clinched the match by building a 4-0 lead. The next two matches also were won by the Aggies in straight sets, as Allare fell to Ocvirk at No. 4, 6-1, 6-4, and Forger was bounced by Pollock, 7-6 (2), 6-3.
In the No. 1 matchup, No. 51 Rinks fell behind Jerry Makowski with a 6-2 loss in the first set, but found his way back into the match winning the second set 6-3. In the final set, Rinks suffered a tough 7-5 loss as the Aggies closed out the 7-0 win.
Michigan State (4-1) will continue play in Texas tomorrow at No. 28 Rice. The match is scheduled to start at 10 p.m. in Houston.