March 24, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team won its eighth match of the dual season with a win over Bradley, 7-0, on Saturday afternoon at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center. The Spartans won the three doubles matches and six singles matches, a feat that hasn't been accomplished all season.
The sweep of the Braves is the second sweep of the year, and the second this month, for the Spartans. The team also swept Western Illinois on March 10, 7-0, but State lost a doubles match in the win.
"It was a good performance by everyone and great to see everyone get wins," head coach Gene Orlando said. "This win helps build our confidence and hopefully it will carry over to the next game this afternoon and onto next weekend."
Michigan State started the afternoon blanking the Braves in doubles with wins on all three courts.
In final twosome match on the third court, Alex Forger and Michael Flowers looked to break their three-match losing streak with a win over Richard Robertson and Michel Macara-chvilli. The Braves duo came as close as two sets five times, but the Spartans were able to hold them off for the 8-5 win.
Riding the momentum of the doubles point, State continued the winning streak and won all six singles matches.
Monich earned the first win for MSU with a quick two-set, 6-1, 6-4, win over Metully on the fourth court. The junior ended his two match losing streak in singles and improved to 12-10 in dual play.
Second off the court was No. 3 Allare. The sophomore posted his 11th win of the season by defeating Rodrigo, 6-3, 6-1. Allare is now 11-10 in singles.
After a two-match absence in singles play, Scott Rasmussen came back in a big way with a quick two-set win over Robertson, 6-4, 6-1, at the No. 6 spot. In the first set, Robertson tied the score at 1-all, 2-all and 3-all, but Rasmussen pulled away for the win after being down, 3-4, for the 6-4 match win.
Junior Rinks won his fifth match in a row at the No. 1 spot. The 45th-ranked singles player easily defeated Samoylov in the first set, 6-1. In the second, he fell behind 2-3, and then again at 3-4, but was able to come back with a 6-4 win.
Forger was another player who ended his four-match losing streak. The sophomore fell to Lofgren in the first set 7-5, on court two, but was able to get a win in the second match, 6-1. In the super breaker, the Spartan was down 4-1, but rallied back for the 10-5 win.
The final match off the court was No. 5 Jason Norville. The freshman lost his first match to Metully, 6-2, but came back in the second set with a 6-1 win. In the second match that went to a breaker, Norville nabbed the win, 12-10, after tying at almost every possible point.
The Spartans improve to 7-10 and Bradley drops to 4-5.
State continues the afternoon with the second of two games against Valparaiso at 4 p.m.