March 21, 2007
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team dropped its second consecutive match Tuesday afternoon when the team traveled to 46th-ranked Western Michigan, losing 6-1. State drops to 7-10 overall and 1-5 while on the road. Junior Nick Rinks was the lone Spartan to earn a point for the team, defeating the Bronco's Tim Bradshaw in singles.
"It was a disappointing loss," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We never got anything going, and they took all the momentum in doubles. It seemed like we were fighting against ourselves. I give them (Western Michigan) credit though, they played very well."
At the No. 1 spot, MSU's 32nd-ranked duo of Adam Monich and Rinks lost their fifth match in dual play to the 40th-ranked team of Alex Birchmeier and Bryan Norville, 8-5.
MSU started on the right foot with a win in singles at No. 1 from 45th-ranked Rinks. The junior won, 6-4, 6-1, against Bradshaw for his 10th win in dual season play. He improves to 10-5 and has won his last four singles matches.
"Nick Rinks continues to play well and get better every week," Orlando said "He beat another quality player, and hopefully, he can keep this going for the rest of the season."
The Spartans lost the next five singles matches, to ensure the win for the Broncos.
Flowers was upended by Norville, 6-4, 6-1 on court six; on court four, Monich won the first set 6-3, but dropped the next two 1-6, 4-6; No. 2 Forger lost, 7-5, 6-4, to Crosby ; Allare, who has been held winless at the No. 3 singles spot, was bogged down by Birchmeier 6-4, 7-6 (7-3); and at No. 5, Pelton bested Jason Norville in three sets, 6-0, 5-7, 6-3.
The Green and White will host a doubleheader this Saturday, as the Spartans take on Bradley at noon and Valparaiso at 4 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center.