Men's Tennis Has Eight-Match Win Streak Snapped by No. 25 Notre Dame
Feb. 14, 2009
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis saw its eight-match win streak snapped on Saturday, falling to No. 25 Notre Dame. The doubles team of senior John Allare (Mason, Ohio) and junior Jason Norville (Farmington Hills, Mich.) recorded its seventh win of the dual season while freshman Ronnie Hulewicz (Tequesta, Fla.) improved to 7-1 in singles play.
The seventh-ranked doubles team of Brett Helgeson and Tyler Davis of Notre Dame finished first, recording an 8-2 win. Allare and Norville evened the doubles score after posting an 8-4 win over Stephen Havens and Casey Watt. The Fighting Irish would claim the doubles point, giving them an early lead, with an 8-4 win over the pairing of sophomore Clark Richardson (Leawood, Kan.) and senior Alex Forger (Okemos, Mich.).
Notre Dame would begin singles play with four wins to clinch the victory. Hulewicz would claim the only singles win for the Spartans, defeating Sam Keeton, 7-5, 6-3. Forger would push for another singles victory, but fell short in the tie-breaker at the No. 2 position.
"We tried to give it our best effort today, but give Notre Dame credit, they are a very good team." said head coach Gene Orlando. "It was a great learning match for us and will help us later in the season. We could've made it a little closer than what we did, but we'll keep working. Ronnie's been really working hard, putting the time in and he has made some adjustments in his game. The win is a testament to his hard work and is a quality win for him."
The Spartans travel to Muncie, Ind. on Feb. 21 for a noon match up with Ball State.
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