March 10, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team dropped its seventh consecutive dual to visiting No. 74 DePaul, 5-2, on Saturday morning. The team, which dropped to 6-8, narrowly missed the doubles point and won two points in singles from Nick Rinks and Adam Monich.
"We switched around our doubles teams, and we came up short. In singles we had a tough time closing out the close ones," head coach Gene Orlando said. "Hopefully we can keep on fighting, make a breakthrough and win another one later on today, and then get ready for Michigan next week."
The No. 3 doubles team of Tyler Sauerbrey and Britton Steele were the first match off the court. The Spartan duo went up, 1-0, to start the match over DePaul's Danny Wilson and Vanja Grgec. That was the only time the No. 3 team would lead, as the team was defeated, 8-3.
Second off the court was the No. 1 team of Rinks and Michael Flowers against Austin Doerner and Jose Moncada. The set stayed close, with the Green and White playing from behind a majority of the time. Rinks tied the set at 7-all on his serve and went up 8-7 in the next. With their first lead of the whole match, Flowers held on his serve for the 9-7 win.
On court three, the new pair of Monich and John Allare stayed right with DePaul's George Wang and Alasdair Graetz to tie the score at 8-all. In the tiebreaker, MSU fell short, 7-5, losing the match and the doubles point, 9-8.
With the Spartans in need of a point, Rinks supplied some momentum with a quick two-set win over George Wang, 6-2, 6-2, and improved his spring record to 7-5.
The Spartans dropped the next two singles matches, bringing the score to 3-1 in favor of DePaul. No. 3 Allare fell to Moncada in two straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, and No. 6 Scott Rasmussen dropped his match to Jack Komar, 6-3, 6-4.
No. 2 Monich, broke his two-match losing streak in singles and picked up the second point for MSU, with a 6-4, 7-6 (3), over Doerner.
With the score at 3-2, the Spartans needed a win from Flowers on the No. 5 court. The senior won the first set against Grgec, 6-3, but was shut out in the second set, 6-0, and lost the third set by a 6-4 decision after holding the advantage at 4-3. The loss clinched the match for DePaul, who improves to 11-5.
At the No. 6 spot, Jason Norville and Jack Komar were the last off the court. Norville lost the first match 3-6, and came back to win the second set, 6-3. In the third, Norville was up 5-4, but Komar rallied back with three straight games and the 7-5 win.
The Spartans look to bounce back this afternoon as they take on Western Illinois at 4 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center.