March 10, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team posted a much-needed win against Western Illinois, 7-0, in the second match of a doubleheader Saturday afternoon. The Spartans won the doubles point, a feat they had not accomplished in the last two duals, and went on to win six singles matches.
"It is great to win one, it has been awhile," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We haven't won since Feb. 4 and this is a good start for our match on Friday against Michigan. Everyone won, and we are looking forward to Friday's match."
With the doubles lineup switched around for the second match of the day, the Spartans dropped the first match on the No.1 court, but that would be the only match the Green and White would lose. Michael Flowers and Scott Rasmussen lost to Neil Lesinkski and Sean Ragee-Nelson, 8-5.
The deciding match for the doubles point came down to the No. 2 court of Adam Monich and Britton Steele. The match stayed close, with the Green and White up by two at 5-3. The Leatherbacks' Martin Bostrom and Josh Wittenberg came back to take an 8-7 lead, but the Spartans were able to bring it back to 8-all for the tiebreaker. In the breaker, Monich and Steele won, 7-4, for the match and the doubles point for the Spartans.
"If you win the doubles point it takes a lot of pressure of the singles," Orlando said. "It is really hard to win four singles matches against strong teams. It's always good to get the first point."
Coming off the momentum of winning the doubles point, the Spartans continued to win the next six singles matches.
First on the court was No. 5 Tyler Sauerbrey, who won his first match of the spring season against Forsberg, 6-2, 6-1, after losing the last five.
Rinks dropped two games in the first set to go down, 2-0, to Bostrom on the No. 1 court. He came back to win the set and hold the Leatherback to only three games, 6-3. In the second set, the 71st-ranked player put away Bostrom, 6-1. With the win, Rinks went undefeated in singles and doubles play during the Spartan's doubleheader on Saturday.
Up 3-0, MSU needed one more singles win and it came from Norville on the No. 4 court. The freshman snapped his six-match losing streak in solo play with a 6-2, 6-4, win over Ragee-Nelson and clinched the match win for the Spartans.
Monich added another singles win on the day as he defeated Lesinski in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, on court No. 2. He finished the afternoon 3-1 in singles and doubles in the doubleheader.
At No. 3, Rasmussen broke a four-match losing streak when he defeated Jones, 6-4, 6-1. The final match of the court was No. 6 singles player Brendan Kinkopf, who won, 6-3, 6-4, over Tiu.
This is the first match that the Spartans have won 7-0 this season, the team did post a 7-0 win over Wright State because of a forfeit.
The Spartans broke Western Illinois' (3-5) three-game winning streak and improved to 7-8.
The Spartans look to win their second match in a row when they play host to Michigan on Friday, March 16, at 6 p.m.