April 1, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis pulled out a 5-2 victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes on Saturday, April 1, at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The win advances the Spartans record to 7-11 overall and 1-3 in the Big Ten, while the Hawkeyes drop to 5-6 overall and 0-3 in conference play.
"I'm excited that we have had three victories in a row," said head coach Gene Orlando. "Getting our first Big Ten win is huge, but we also have to keep improving with every match."
In doubles play, MSU got the first point of the day, winning two of the three doubles match-ups. The Spartans only doubles loss came at No. 3, when Christian Bieirch and Aaron Schaechterle defeated freshman Scott Rasmussen and junior Michael Flowers, 8-6. At No. 2, freshman John Allare and junior Joseph McWilliams pulled out an 8-6 victory over Chaitu Malempati and Bart Van Monsjou. The doubles point was decided by a tiebreak, at No. 1, when the No. 41-ranked duo of sophomores Nick Rinks and Adam Monich netted a 9-8 (3) win over Brett Taylor and J.P. Ritchie.
The first singles point went to Iowa, as McWilliams fell to Taylor, 6-1, 6-4 at No. 5. MSU bounced back to earn a point at No. 2, when Monich topped Ritchie, 6-2, 6-2. With the match at 2-1, Bieirch tied up the score with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Allare, but Rinks earned his second victory of the day, defeating Van Monsjou, 6-4, 6-4, and Flowers earned a 6-4, 6-4 win against Malempati, to clinch the match for the Spartans. At No. 6, freshman Scott Rasmussen gave MSU the final point of the day, defeating Kyle Markham, 7-6 (3), 4-6, 1-0 (7).
Michigan State will continue Big Ten action tomorrow when they host the Minnesota Gophers. The match will begin at Noon and will be held at the outdoor courts.