EAST LANSING, Mich.- The Michigan State men's tennis team battled Indiana today for the second time this season. The Spartans defeated the Hoosiers earlier in the season 4-3 at the O'Charley/Vol Classic at the University of Tennessee. This time it was the Hoosiers that won by a 4-3 margin this time in Bloomington, Ind. The doubles point was the reason the MSU team won the first contest, and it would be the determining factor of how the Green and White dropped its second math-up with the Hoosiers this season. The Spartans are now 10-6 overall and 1-1 in the Big Ten.
Michigan State split the singles matches with Indiana 3-3. Spartan junior captain Trey Eubanks improved his overall singles record to 21-6 with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-0, victory over Derek Pope in the No. 1 match. The win was the MSU standout's first victory in Big Ten dual match play this season. The other Spartan victories in singles competition came in the No. 3 and 4 matches. In the No. 3 match, sophomore Ivica Primorac swept Scott Lippitt in straight sets 7-6, 6-0. With the victory, Primorac improves his record in No. 3 matches to 9-1. MSU senior Benjamin Hetzler defeated George McGill 6-7, 6-2, 6-2, in the No. 4 match-up.
The Hoosiers were able to seal the victory in doubles play by winning two of three matches and earning the crucial doubles point. The Spartans only victory in doubles competition came when the sophomore team of Primorac and Francisco Trinidad defeated Brendan Storey and Richard Jordan in the No. 3 match 8-6.
The Spartans will return home next weekend to battle Minnesota on April 4 at 1:00 p.m., and Iowa on April 5 also at 1:00 p.m. The pair of Big Ten dual matches will be played, weather permitting, on the MSU outdoor tennis courts.
Singles: 1. Trey Eubanks, MSU, def. Derek Pope, IU, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 2. Gabriel Montilla, IU, def. Chris Struck, MSU, 6-3, 6-0 3. Ivica Primorac, MSU, def. Scott Lippitt, IU, 7-6, 6-0 4. Ben Hetzler, MSU, def. George McGill, IU, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2 5. Andrew Held, IU, def. Ken Kigongo, MSU, 7-5, 6-3 6. Ian Arons, IU, def. Francisco Trinidad, MSU, 6-3, 6-1
Doubles: 1. Pope/Montilla, IU, def. Struck/Kigongo, MSU, 8-3 2. Held/Lippett, IU, def. Hetzler/Eubanks, MSU, 9-8 3. Primorac/Trinidad, MSU, def. Storey/Jordan, IU, 8-6