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Men's Tennis Drops Close Decision to Iowa

April 5, 1998

EAST LANSING, Mich.- For the second day in a row, the Michigan State men's tennis match went down to the final set, but unlike yesterday's outcome, the Spartans were on the losing end this day. MSU lost to Iowa in a heartbreaker 4-3. The loss moves Michigan State to 11-6 overall and 2-2 in the Big Ten.

For only the second time this season, the Spartans secured the doubles point, but fell short in the match. Michigan State swept Iowa in doubles competition, and seemed to be off and rolling. In the No. 1 match, junior Chris Struck and sophomore Ken Kigongo teamed to dismantle the Iowa's Ryan Johnstone and Jason Dunn 9-7. The Spartans No. 2 squad consisted of senior Ben Hetzler and junior Trey Eubanks. The Michigan State duo defeated Tyler Cleveland and Ben Bamsey 8-3. In the No. 3 match-up, the Spartan sophomore tandem of Ivica Primorac and Francisco Trinidad rolled over the Iowa squad of Girtis Auskaps and Justin Pohn 8-5.

The Green and White did not fare as well in the singles as it had in doubles play. Iowa was able to take four out of six matches from the Spartans, thus securing the overall victory. In the No. 1 match Eubanks fell to Cleveland 7-6 (9), 6-4. Primorac has been consistently improving his play as of late and today was no exception. He downed Johnstone at the No. 2 position in straight sets 7-6 (4), 6-1. Okemos native Struck is continuing to struggle, as he dropped his second singles contest of the weekend at the No. 3 position to Jake Wilson 7-6, 6-1. In the most spirited match of the day, Hetzler defeated Auskaps at the No. 4 slot 7-5, 7-6 (8). Because of an injury to Kigongo, Michigan State was forced to juggle its lineup with Trinidad moving up to compete at the No. 5 position and junior Mark Jacobson being inserted to play at the No. 6 singles slot. Iowa was able to capitalize on the Spartans misfortune with Matt Snowdon downing Trinidad 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, and Dunn taking out Jacobson 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.

The next action for the Michigan State team is Wednesday, April 8 when it travels to Ann Arbor for a 6 p.m. showdown with the Michigan Wolverines.

1. Tyler Cleveland, Iowa, def. Trey Eubanks, MSU, 7-6 (9), 6-4
2. Ivica Primorac, MSU, def. Ryan Johnstone, Iowa, 7-6 (4), 6-1
3. Jake Wilson, Iowa, def. Chris Struck, MSU, 7-6 (4), 6-1
4. Ben Hetzler, MSU, def. Girtis Auskaps, Iowa, 7-5, 7-6 (8)
5. Matt Snowdon, Iowa, def. Francisco Trinidad, MSU, 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
6. Jason Dunn, Iowa, def. Mark Jacobson, MSU, 6-4, 1-6, 7-5

Doubles: 1. Struck/Kigongo, MSU, def. Johnstone/Dunn, Iowa, 9-7 2. Hetzler/Eubanks, MSU, def. Cleveland/Bamsey 8-3 3. Primorac/Trinidad, MSU, def. Auskaps/Pohn 8-5



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