March 5, 2006
Boston, Mass. - The Michigan State men's tennis team suffered a 5-2 loss to Harvard on the road, Sunday, March 5. The loss drops the Spartans, who remain 0-2 in Big Ten action, to 4-10 overall. The Crimson advance to 2-5 overall, after starting the season 0-4.
Harvard earned the point in doubles competition, winning all three of the match-ups. In a closely fought battle at No. 1, Brandon Chiu and Ashwin Kumar knocked off Rinks and Monich, 9-8 (5). Junior Joseph McWilliams and freshman John Allare fell to Sasha Ermakov and Nick Savage, 8-3 at No. 2, while freshman Scott Rasmussen and junior Michael Flowers got edged, 8-3, by Scott Denenberg and Gideon Valkin in the No. 3 position.
The Spartans netted a pair of singles victories, but it was not enough to earn MSU the win. At No. 1, Rinks pulled out a 6-1, 7-5 win over Chiu, bringing his singles record to 8-4 for the season. Also victorious for MSU, Monich edged Ermakov, 6-4, 6-3 at the No. 2 spot.
In the remaining singles match-ups, Harvard pulled ahead, assuring a 5-2 conquest. At No. 3, Brian Wan defeated Allare, 7-6, 6-4, while Kumar netted a 6-2, 6-3 decision over Flowers at No. 4. Michael Kalfayan battled Rasmussen at No. 5 and won, 6-1, 6-0. Lastly, McWilliams fell to Shantanu Dhaka at No. 6, 6-4, 6-2.
Michigan State will take a short break before heading back into the action when they face Big Ten foe and arch-rival, Michigan on Friday, March 17, in Ann Arbor, Mich.