Feb. 10, 2007
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Despite a 5-2 team loss at No. 53 Old Dominion, Spartan junior Nick Rinks shined on Saturday as he defeated the Monarchs' No. 7 ranked player in the nation, Harel Srugo, in convincing fashion, 6-3, 6-1.
"This is a big win for Rinks and it solidifies him as a strong singles player," said head coach Gene Orlando.
The Green and White started the afternoon off with a win by the No. 3 duo of John Allare and Tyler Sauerbrey, 8-1, against Yakov Diskin and Rodrigo Souza. Unfortunately for the Spartans, that would be the only doubles win for the team as the No. 1 twosome of Adam Monich and Rinks fell, 8-5, to Harel Srugo and Henrique Cancado, and Michael Flowers and Adam Forger dropped a set, 8-6, to Aleksandr Seleznev and Eidy Igarashi.
Down 1-0, the Spartans won the first singles match out the gate with the win by Rinks. At No. 2 singles, Forger lost to the 18th ranked player in the nation, Cancado, 6-2, 6-2.
The problems continued for MSU as the team lost in crucial three-set contests. Flowers fell to Souza 6-2, 1-6, 0-6 at No. 5; Monich was defeated by Seleznev 6-4, 1-6, 4-6 at No. 3; and Jason Norville dropped to Diskin 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 3-6 at No. 6.
At No. 4, sophomore John Allare scored the second point for the Green and White over Igarashi, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3.
"The team played really hard, but we dropped the doubles point and lost a couple of crucial three-set matches. We are looking to bounce back tomorrow," said Orlando.
MSU drops to 6-3 as it heads to William and Mary on Sunday morning. The match is slatted to start at 10 a.m.