March 24, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - In game two of the Michigan State men's tennis doubleheader on Saturday afternoon, the Spartans posted a win over Valparaiso, 5-2, improving their record to 9-10. State lost the doubles point, but continued on to win five of the six singles matches. MSU defeated Bradley, 7-0, earlier in the afternoon.
"The match got a little tight after we lost the doubles point," head coach Gene Orlando said. "But, the team fought back and got some good wins in singles. It is really nice to win two in a row."
The afternoon started slow with the Spartans losing the doubles point.
The first duo off the court was the No. 1 team of Adam Monich and Nick Rinks. The team was down early at 1-2 and 3-2, but came back for the win as they won three consecutive games for the 8-4 win over Mike Shideler and Alex Lau.
On the third court, Alex Allon and Jason Norville evened their dual match record at 1-1 when the team lost to David Bukowski and Mike Wagner, 8-4. The team fell behind, 2-1 and was never able to fully recover.
The doubles point came down to the second court of Michael Flowers and Britton Steele. The pair went down, 5-4, and then dropped three consecutive games to Nic Kooyers and Joe Venegas for the 8-4 loss.
After the Crusaders won the doubles point, State won four consecutive singles matches for the win.
Tyler Sauerbrey, after taking a break in singles at the Bradley match, returned with a win on the No. 5 court. The freshman defeated Wagner in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3, for his third win of the season.
No. 3 Allare went 3-0 on the afternoon after posting another singles win over Bukowski. After the sophomore won the first match, 6-2, he went up 5-0 in the second, but gave up two set points before putting Bukowski away, 6-2.
On the first court, Rinks completed another weekend with a perfect record. The junior won in two sets, 6-2, 6-0, for his 21st win of 2006-07 season. The current Big Ten Men's Tennis Athlete of the Week has won 12 consecutive sets in a row, dating back to March 10.
At No. 2, Forger nabbed another singles win against Venegas, 6-1, 6-4. Venegas came back in the second with two consecutive games to be down by one, 5-4, but the Spartan was able to hold on, ensuring the win for MSU.
No. 4 Scott Rasmussen had a tough loss to Lau, 6-2, 4-6, 1-0 (10-4). Rasmussen dropped the first set, 6-2, but came back from behind to win the second set, 6-4. He eventually lost in the super breaker, 10-4.
The last State point came from Norville. Leading the whole match, the freshman defeated Shideler, 6-4. In the second set, the No. 5 player was behind, 4-5, but came back to win two games and go up, 6-5. The match ended in a tiebreaker and Norville held Shideler to only three points in the breaker, for the 7-6 win.
Michigan State returns to action next week as it hosts Notre Dame on Wednesday, then travels to Indiana on Saturday, March 31 and visits Ohio State on Sunday, April 1.