April 2, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team competed outdoors for the first time in 2006 on Sunday, April 2, when they hosted the University of Minnesota. The Spartans fell, 6-1, to the Gophers dropping their record to 7-12 overall and 1-4 in conference action. Minnesota advances to 9-9 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten.
The Spartans only point came from a victory by freshman Scott Rasmussen at No. 6 singles. After splitting sets, Rasmussen knocked off Sion Wilkins in a super tiebreaker, 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (8).
At No. 1 singles, sophomore Nick Rinks fell to D.J. Geatz in three sets, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, while sophomore Adam Monich fell to Andres Osorio at No. 2, 6-1, 6-0. Minnesota also earned points at Nos. 3 and 4, with Nick Edlesfsen topping freshman John Allare, 7-6 (1), 3-6, 1-0 (8), and Adrien Debreyne taking a 6-0, 6-3 victory over junior Michael Flowers. Lastly, junior Joseph McWilliams dropped a 6-3, 6-3, decision to Raoul Schwark at No. 5.
Minnesota swept the doubles competition, winning at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots. The battle at No. 1 was stopped short at 6-3, with the point already given to the Gophers.
Michigan State will look to improve its record this weekend when they head out on the road. The Spartans will face Illinois, Saturday, April 8 and Purdue, Sunday, April 9.