April 1, 2007
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Michigan State men's tennis team finished its two-match road trip on Sunday afternoon with a loss to third-ranked Ohio State, 7-0. The Spartans were held scoreless as they were blanked on every court during the match.
"There were some competitive matches, but we are not here to be close, we came here to win," head coach Gene Orlando said. "It was a tough loss for us, but all we can do now is get ready for the next match."
Nick Rinks went without his regular doubles partner Adam Monich, due to illness, and teamed up with John Allare at the No. 1 doubles spot. The 16th-ranked team of Devin Mullings and Chris Klingermann were too much for the Spartan duo to handle, as they were defeated, 8-4, and the Buckeyes clinched the doubles point.
Singles did not get any easier for the Green and White, as OSU has four nationally ranked players.
The Buckeyes' Eberly easily cruised past the Spartans' Jason Norville at No. 4, 6-1, 6-0.
No. 5 Sauerbrey put up a fight against Kronauge in the first set, but ended up losing, 7-5, in the first and, 6-2, in the second set.
Rinks suffered his seventh loss of dual season play to the 10th-ranked player, Moneke, 7-5, 6-1, on court No. 1. Rinks drops to 12-7 in dual season play at No. 1 singles.
On court No. 2 Forger dropped two sets to No. 25 Koniecko, 6-3, 6-3.
Allare was the last match off the court and the only Spartan to win a set against a tough Ohio State team. The No. 3 singles player lost the first set, 7-6 (5), to No. 34 Mullings. He came back to tie the match with a 6-4 win in the second set, but lost the third in a super breaker, 10-1.
State falls to 9-13 (0-6 Big Ten) while Ohio State improves to 17-1 (4-0 Big Ten).
Michigan State returns to action on Saturday, April 7 for a home match against Iowa, beginning at noon.