April 7, 2007
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team defeated visiting Iowa, 5-2, on Saturday afternoon for its first Big Ten victory of the season. The Spartans also broke a three match losing streak that dated back to March 28.
Iowa, who was also looking for its first conference win dropped to 7-8, 0-5 Big Ten, and Michigan State improves to 10-13, 1-6 Big Ten.
"It's nice to get a Big Ten victory," head coach Gene Orlando said. "It gives us some momentum before hosting Penn State next weekend and hopefully we can make a run late into our season."
The Green and White won the doubles point with a decisive win on court No. 2.
With the score tied at one, the doubles point came down to court two. MSU's No. 2 team of Alex Forger and Michael Flowers came through for the Spartans with a 9-7 victory over Gregory Holm and Walker Grimes, to secure the first point for Michigan State.
The wins kept coming for the Green and White in singles as No. 45 Rinks collected his fourth Big Ten victory against van Monsjou, 6-2, 6-2, on court No. 1. The junior improved to 4-3 in Big Ten play and 14-7 in dual action.
With the Spartans up 2-0, Iowa tried to make a comeback when McGeorge defeated the Spartans' Scott Rasmussen in two sets, 6-2, 6-1, on the fifth court.
Monich returned to action after being sick last week to get past Reinoud Haal in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4, on the fourth court. Monich improved to 2-1 when playing at the No. 4 spot.
Forger clinched the victory for MSU on court No. 2. The sophomore cruised past Richie, 7-5, 6-2, to grab his 10th dual season victory of the year.
After a win at doubles, Allare continued his winning ways against Bierich on court No. 3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1, to break his two match losing streak and to earn the Spartans' fifth point of the match.
On court six, Jason Norville lost a tough one to the Hawkeye's Dwyer. The freshman lost in the first set 6-3, but came back to even the score at 1-all with a 7-6 (2) set win. In the third and final set, Norville fell just short, as he dropped the set, 6-4.
Michigan State returns to action April 14 for its last home match of the season against Penn State. The match is slated to begin at noon.