March 17, 2006
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision at the hands of arch-rival Michigan and fell to 4-11 overall and 0-3 in Big Ten play. The lone Spartan highlight of the day came at No. 1 doubles, where MSU sophomore Nick Rinks and freshman Adam Monich posted a 9-8 (7-4) victory over Michigan's Brian Hung and Matko Maravic. Hung and Maravic had entered the match ranked 15th in the nation in the Fila Collegiate Tennis Rankings.
The Wolverines bounced back to capture the remaining doubles matches, earning the doubles point and a 1-0 lead in the process. UM's Ryan Heller and Andrew Mazlin knocked of the Spartan duo of freshman John Allare and junior Joseph McWilliams, 8-6. Michigan's tandem of Scott Bruckman and Steve Peretz notched an identical, 8-6, win over MSU's Michael Flowers and Scott Rasmussen at No. 3.
Rinks captured the first set from Maravic, 6-1, but faded in the second set, 3-6, and dropped the tie-breaker to the nation's No. 37 singles player. Junior Joseph McWilliams also forced a tie-breaker at No. 5 singles, falling 6-1, 1-6 (1-0) to Peretz. Monich fell 6-3, 6-2 to Hung in the No. 2 slot, while Allare, Flowers and Rasmussen also dropped straight-set decisions.
The Spartans return home this Saturday, March 25, for a pair of non-conference match-ups. Michigan State will face Butler at 2 p.m. and Cleveland State beginning at 6 p.m.; both matches will be held at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.