No. 67 Michigan State Sweeps Cornell And Green Bay
Feb. 23, 2008
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team extended its winning streak to four straight matches by sweeping Cornell (5-2) and Green Bay (7-0) Saturday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The Spartans have won seven of their last eight matches. At 11-3, Michigan State is off to the best start of head coach Gene Orlando's 17-year tenure in East Lansing.
In the first match of the doubleheader, MSU took an early advantage against Cornell, sweeping the doubles flights, 8-4, 8-5, 8-2, as No. 21 MSU's Nick Rinks and Adam Monich picked up their seventh-consecutive victory, and now stand with an undefeated mark at No. 1 doubles (7-0).
The Spartans stayed sharp entering singles action, and took flights 1-4 from Cornell. At No. 1, Rinks took out Kyle Doppelt, 6-4, 6-2, while John Allare cruised to a 6-1, 6-1, rout of Rory Heggie at No. 3. MSU's Alex Forger made short work of Marc Asch at No. 2, 6-1, 6-2, and Monich picked up his team-leading 12th victory of the season in dual-match play, downing Joshua Goldstein, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 4.
"I thought we did a great job today of just getting that extra ball in play against Cornell," Coach Orlando said. "We jumped on them early by winning the doubles point, and in singles, we were able to get good starts from those top four positions. I just think our confidence is getting better, especially in doubles."
In the second match of the doubleheader, Michigan State took the court against Green Bay and picked up right where it left off, sweeping the doubles flights for the second time, 8-4, 8-2, 8-4. Rinks and Monich extended their winning streak to eight matches at No. 1, defeating Green Bay's Tim Prudlow and Mark Goldin, 8-2, while Allare and Tyler Sauerbrey took out Matt Clegg and Matt Keesey, 8-2, at No. 2. In the third flight, the freshman duo of Billy Gardner and Clark Richardson downed Brian Zaron and Eric Plaushines, 8-4.
Allare set the pace for the Spartans in singles play, blowing past Goldin in less than an hour, 6-1, 6-2, at No. 2, while John Stratton picked up his first singles win of the day at No. 3, and ended the three match winning streak of Green Bay's Clegg, 6-4, 6-0. Scott Rasmussen was the next on the board for the Spartans, defeating Keesey, 6-3, 6-4, and recording his second win of the season at No. 4. Brendan Kinkopf posted his third win of the season, downing Plaushines at No. 5, 6-4, 6-4, while Tyler Sauerbrey finished off Zaron 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5. Forger completed the sweep for the Spartans, defeating Prudlow, 6-3, 6-1, and picking up his first win of the season at No. 1.
"We took care of business today," Orlando said. "I'm feeling good about where we are as a team. The guys came out and played hard today. We were able to get the young guys some matches tonight, and I thought they stepped up to the challenge. It feels great to have the record that we do and be off to a good start. But we know what lies ahead as well, and we'll be ready to come out next Friday against Illinois."
Michigan State prepares for its first Big Ten match of the season, as the Spartans travel to Champaign, Ill., on Feb. 29 to take on No. 9 Illinois. Conference play will prove to be tough again this season as 10 of the 11 conference teams are currently ranked in the top 75 in the nation.
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