Feb. 5, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team suffered a 6-1 loss to Rice on Sunday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. This loss brings the Spartans record to 4-3 overall and advances Rice to 4-0.
In doubles action, MSU battled to one victory. At No. 2, freshman Alex Forger and junior Michael Flowers were defeated, 8-1, by Rice's Ralph Knupfer and Filip Zivojinovic. With junior Nick Rinks out of competition due to injury, the duo of junior Joseph McWilliams and sophomore Adam Monich took on Robert Searle and Tony Haerle at No. 1 and netted a 9-8 (4) victory. In a close battle at No. 3, freshmen John Allare and Scott Rasmussen lost to Christoph Muller and Ben Harknett, 9-7, giving Rice the 1-0 lead.
In singles, Forger pulled off a 7-5, 7-5 victory at No. 5 against Christoph Muller but it was not enough to win the match for MSU. At No. 6, Rasmussen was knocked off by Filip Zivojinovic, 6-1, 6-2. No. 3 and 4 also went to the Owls, giving them the 4-0 advantage. The final two points that secured the match for Rice were at No. 1, with Searle defeating Monich, 6-1, 6-2 and at No. 2 in a close match with Harknett taking the 1-6, 7-6 (5), 10-8 win over Allare.
Michigan State returns to action this Wednesday, when the Spartans host Ball State at 4:30 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. Admission to the event is free.