Feb. 15, 2006
South Bend, Ind. - The No. 75 Michigan State men's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision to No. 31 Notre Dame, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Eck Tennis Pavilion. The loss dropped the Spartans record to 4-5 overall while the Fighting Irish's record improved to 6-4.
In doubles action, MSU was unable to net the first point as Notre Dame won in all three matches. At No. 3, junior Joe McWilliams and freshman John Allare were defeated by Brett Helgeson and Adam Roth, 8-3. The duo of junior Michael Flowers and freshman Alex Forger were knocked off by Eric Langenkamp and Sheeva Parbhu, 8-3, giving Notre Dame the doubles point and the momentum for the rest of the match. At No. 1, sophomores Nick Rinks and Adam Monich lost, 8-5, to Ryan Keckley and Barry King.
The momentum stayed with Notre Dame in singles, as the Spartans were unable to net a point. At No. 4, Forger was defeated by King, 6-0, 6-0, while Helgeson pulled out a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Allare. At No. 2, Parbhu clinched the match for Notre Dame with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Monich. Scott Rasmussen fell 6-3, 6-1 to Langenkamp at No. 6 while at No. 5, Flowers battled to a third set but fell, 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (4) to Keckley. The final point for Notre Dame came at the No. 1 position as Rinks was defeated in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (7) by Bass.
Michigan State will stay in East Lansing this Saturday when they face Western Michigan at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility; weekend action starts at noon.