Feb. 8, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Seventy-fourth ranked Michigan State suffered a 4-3 loss to Ball State on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at the MSU Indoor Tennis Courts. The loss drops the Spartan's record to 4-4 overall, and advances Ball State to 5-3.
"The freshmen competed very well tonight and have been contributing a lot to the team," commented head coach Gene Orlando. "I think the team as a whole has a lot of potential for the rest of the season."
In doubles, MSU pulled ahead to win two of the three match-ups. At No. 2, the duo of freshman Alex Forger and junior Michael Flowers quickly netted an 8-3 victory over Jarrod Epkey and Tony Epkey. Junior Joseph McWilliams and freshman John Allare clinched the doubles point for MSU after battling to a tiebreaker and winning 9-8 (5) against Patrick Thompson and Joe Vallee. At No. 1, Joe Epkey and Matthew Baccarani took the final doubles match over sophomores Nick Rinks and Adam Monich but it was not enough as the Spartans took the doubles point and led 1-0.
MSU was paced by a pair of freshmen in singles action, as Forger easily knocked off Jarrod Epkey, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 5 and Rasmussen also gave MSU a point at No. 6, defeating Daniel Vidal in a super tie-breaker, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (3). At No. 3, Flowers was defeated by Tony Epkey, 6-3, 6-0, while McWilliams was knocked off by Thompson at the No. 4 spot, 6-0, 6-3, and Baccarani pulled out a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Monich at No. 1. The final victory for Ball State came at No. 2 when Allare fell to Joe Epkey, 6-4, 6-4.
Michigan State will take a weekend off before heading on the road to face Notre Dame, Wednesday, Feb. 15. The match will begin at 3:30 p.m.