April 15, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team dropped a 6-1 decision to the No. 8 Ohio State Buckeyes, Saturday, April 15, on the MSU Outdoor Courts. The loss brings the Spartans' overall record to 7-15 and 1-7 in the Big Ten. Ohio State advances to 19-1 overall and 7-0 in the Big Ten.
The Spartans' only point came from sophomore Nick Rinks at No. 1 singles. Rinks, who is currently No. 117 in the nation, fought back after a 0-6 loss in the first match to go on and win match, 0-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0 (6), in a super tiebreaker. The victory gives Rinks a 14-6 record at the No. 1 spot.
Ohio State secured the doubles point, winning all three of the match-ups. The duo of Scott Green and Ross Wilson edged sophomores Adam Monich and Rinks, 8-7 (2), at No. 1, while at No. 2, freshman John Allare and junior Michael Flowers dropped an 8-4 decision to Drew Eberly and Bryan Koniecko. At No. 3, freshman Scott Rasmussen and senior Mike Brown were defeated by Chris Klingemann and Devin Mullings, 8-3.
In other singles play, Ohio State took the rest of the points, securing a 6-1 overall victory. At No. 2, Koniecko knocked off Monich, 6-2, 6-1, while Allare also fell in two sets to Mullings, 7-5, 6-1, at No. 3. Mertens defeated Flowers, 6-2, 6-2, at the No. 4 spot and at No. 5, Rasmussen fell, 6-1, 6-3, to Wilson. At No. 6, Eberly was victorious against Brown taking a 6-2, 6-1 win.
Michigan State will wrap up Big Ten play on the road when it heads to Indiana, Friday, April 21 and Penn State, Sunday, April 23. Both matches will begin at Noon.