April 21, 2007
MADISON, Wis. - The 74th-ranked Michigan State men's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision on Saturday afternoon against 38th-ranked Wisconsin at the Nielson Tennis Stadium in Madison, Wis. The Spartans' loss dropped the team to 11-14, 2-7 Big Ten, while Wisconsin improved to 14-9, 6-4 Big Ten.
"It was a tough loss," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We played outdoors and didn't handle elements as well as we should have. We didn't play as well as we have recently. They took momentum with the doubles point and they played like the 38th-ranked team in the country. Tomorrow is another day and we can always play better."
The afternoon started with two quick doubles losses on the Nos. 3 and 1 court. Wisconsin's Michael Muskievicz and Jeremy Sonkin defeated Jason Norville and Tyler Sauerbrey, 8-1, and State's John Allare and Nick Rinks dropped a set to Moritz Baumann and Lachezar Kasarov, 8-1,
The Spartans recorded their only win at No. 2 doubles as Michael Flowers and Alex Forger topped Michael Dierberger and Nolan Polley, 8-4. The win is the twosomes fourth consecutive win and improved their Big Ten doubles record to 5-4 and 9-7 overall.
The Green and White dropped the next six singles matches, giving the Badgers the 7-0 win.
No. 4 Kasarov won over the Spartan's Norville, 6-1, 6-3. Freshman Brendan Kinkopf stayed close in the first set on the sixth court, 6-4, against the Badgers' Hodgson, but eventually fell 6-1 in the second set. Wisconsin's Felipe Bellido topped Britton Steele, 6-3, 6-1, on court No. 5. On the third court, Polley won against Sauerbrey, 6-4, 6-2. State's Forger dropped two sets to Baumann, 6-1, 6-1, on court No. 1. No. 2 Allare lost to Sonkin, 7-5, 6-1.
The Spartans close out the regular season tomorrow afternoon at Northwestern in a noon match.