Feb. 11, 2007
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - After being defeated by No. 53 Old Dominion Saturday afternoon, the Spartans wanted to come out strong against William and Mary on the road. After taking the doubles point at the beginning of the match, the Green and White lost its fuel and dropped five-of-six singles points.
"We started off well, but we did not finish," said head coach Gene Orlando. "William and Mary had a quick start in singles and we dug ourselves into too deep of a hole to get out of, and they took the match away from us."
MSU started with a win in doubles from the No. 2 duo team, Alex Forger and Michael Flowers, over Keziel Juneau and Kavi Sud, 8-0. The No.1 twosome of Adam Monich and Nick Rinks brought in the doubles point with an 8-4 decision over Colin O'Brien and Alexander Zuck.
The Tribe jumped out in front during singles action as the Spartans lost four consecutive matches. At No. 5, Scott Rasmussen fell to Richard Wardell, 6-4, 6-1, while Juneau defeated Monich, 6-3, 7-5 at No. 3. At No. 4, Michigan State's John Allare dropped two sets to Zuck, 6-2, 6-2; At the No. 1 spot, William and Mary's O'Brien beat Rinks 6-4, 7-5.
Forger had the only singles win for the Spartans over Marwan Ramadan in a three-set match at No. 2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Forger was also the only player to go undefeated in doubles and singles during the competition.
At No. 6, Sud defeated Jason Norville, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, for the final William and Mary point.
The Spartans drop to 6-4 as they head back home for the Big Ten home opener on Saturday, Feb. 17, against Minnesota. The match is scheduled to start at noon.