April 8, 1998
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Michigan men's tennis team won its fifth consecutive Big Ten match and 10th overall match with a 6-1 victory over in-state rival Michigan State. Held at the Varsity Tennis Center, the Wolverines improved to 10-3 overall (5-0 in Big Ten play) while the Spartans fell to 11-7 (2-3 in conference matches).
U-M grabbed a 1-0 lead in the match with victories in two of the three doubles matches. For the third consecutive match, the Wolverines top two doubles tandems claimed the wins. Seniors Brook Blain (West Bloomfield, MI/West Bloomfield HS) and Arvid Swan (Troy, MI/Troy HS) defeated Chris Struck and Ken Kigongo by an 8-3 score at the No. 1 slot. Michigan's tandem of sophomore Matt Wright (Wichita, KS/Wichita Collegiate HS) and junior Jake Raiton (Portland, OR/Wilson HS) followed with an impressive 8-2 victory over Trey Eubanks and Ben Hetzler at second doubles. The victories were the 18th of the season for both doubles tandems.
The Wolverines won the match with five victories in six singles contests. U-M's wins came from senior David Paradzik (Euclid, OH/University School), Matt Wright, Arvid Swan, junior William Farah (Flint, MI/Powers Catholic HS), and Brook Blain.
Michigan will look to extend its winning streak Easter Sunday (April 12) when they host Penn State. The match will be played at the Varsity Tennis Center, beginning at 1 p.m.
Following are match-by-match results
Singles: No. 1 David Paradzik (U-M) d. Trey Eubanks, 7-5, 6-1 No. 2 Matt Wright (U-M) d. Ivica Primorac, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 No. 3 Arvid Swan (U-M) d. Chris Struck, 6-2, 6-1 No. 4 William Farah (U-M) d. Ben Hetzler, 6-4, 6-3 No. 5 Brook Blain (U-M) d. Ken Kigongo, 6-3, 6-3 No. 6 Francisco Trinidad (MSU) d. John Long, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4
Doubles: No. 1 Blain/Swan (U-M) d. Struck/Kigongo, 8-3 No. 2 Wright/Jake Raiton (U-M) d. Eubanks/Hetzler, 8-2 No. 3 Primorac/Trinidad (MSU) d. Miki Pusztai/Long, 8-6
-- Michigan claimed its 80th victory in 97 matches against Michigan State all-time (80-17). They have a 33-2 record under Head Coach Brian Eisner, a graduate of Michigan State.
-- William Farah claimed his 25th singles win (25-10) and 10th dual match win (10-3) of the season against MSU. He is 5-0 in Big Ten dual play.
-- Arvid Swan's victory was his 10th consecutive and leads the Wolverines with 26 wins (26-9). He has an 11-2 dual match record and is 5-0 against Big Ten opposition.
-- Senior David Paradzik became the team's third 20-match winner, defeating Trey Eubanks in straight sets (7-5, 6-1) at the top singles spot. Paradzik has a 20-14 record this year.