March 31, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The Michigan State men's tennis team dropped its second consecutive match this week, 5-2, to No. 71 Indiana on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans won the doubles point to start the match, but could only muster one win in singles. Michigan State falls to 9-12 (0-5 Big Ten) while Indiana improves to 12-7 (2-2 Big Ten).
"The team fought hard," head coach Gene Orlando said. "This was our first true match outside and in the end, they had more outside matches under their belt. We didn't make the transition well."
The Spartans had the advantage with two wins in doubles play, after Orlando switched up the doubles partners for the match.
The doubles point was clinched on the third court as Adam Monich and Tyler Sauerbrey won over IU's Arnaud Roussel and Mak Kendall, 8-5. Monich and Sauerbrey are now 2-0 when playing together in doubles.
"The new combinations came out strong and were able to close out the doubles point," Orlando said of the new teams.
With the Spartans up 1-0, 45th-ranked Rinks won the only other point for State as he defeated 103rd-ranked Thomas Richter in two straight sets, 6-2, 6-4, on the first court. The win for Rinks was his 22nd of the 2006-07 season and his 13th in dual play.
The Spartans dropped the next five singles matches, giving Indiana the win.
No. 3 Monich lost to McLoughlin, 6-3, 6-1; Jason Norville fell to Kendall, 6-4, 6-2, on court six; and No. 4 Allare was defeated in two sets, 6-2, 6-0, by Roussel.
With the Hoosiers three wins at singles, the score favored Indiana, 3-2, with two more matches still on the court.
On the second court, No. 2 Forger had won the first set 6-3, but dropped the next two sets, 4-6, 0-6, to Bubenicek, clinching the match for Indiana.
The last match off the court was No. 5 Flowers where the Spartan won the first set, 6-3, over Antons, and lost the second set, 4-6. He battled back in the third to tie the score at 6-all, but ended up losing in the tiebreaker, 4-7.
Michigan State returns to action tomorrow as it travels to No. 3 Ohio State. The match is scheduled to start at noon.