April 22, 2007
EVANSTON, Ill. - In the final regular season match for the Michigan State men's tennis team, the 74th-ranked Spartans fell to 61st-ranked Northwestern, 5-2, on the road. Sophomores John Allare and Scott Rasmussen were able to post points for the Green and White.
"It was good to get the wins in the super breaker, but regardless the goal is to win the match," Michigan State head coach Gene Orlando said. "We are under manned with players out of the lineup and we were playing a good team. Scott (Rasmussen) got a good win and John (Allare) won against a two-time All-Big Ten player, so it was a good win for him as well."
Michigan State dropped all three doubles matches to give the Wildcats the 1-0 advantage going into singles play.
On the first court, Northwestern's Alex Sanborn and Marc Dwyer quickly got by Alex Forger and Michael Flowers, 8-1. Allare and Tyler Sauerbrey lost to Matt Christian and Willy Lock in a close 8-5 set on court No. 2. The Wildcats' Christian Tempke and Juan Gomez roughly got by Britton Steele and Brendan Kinkopf, 8-6.
In singles, Northwestern's No. 4 Christian swept Sauerbrey, 6-0, 6-0. State's Michael dropped two sets to Dwyer, 6-0, 6-3, on court No. 3. No. 1 Lock defeated Forger, 6-2, 6-3. Jason Norville kept it close in two sets, but eventually fell to Alexey Evstratenkov on court No. 6, 6-4, 6-3.
On the second court, Allare got by Tempke in the first set, 6-2, but the Wildcat came back in the third, 6-3, to tie the score at 1-all. Forced into a super breaker, the Spartan sophomore took a commanding lead and went on to win the breaker, 10-5, for his fourth Big Ten victory of the season.
Rasmussen won his first set like teammate Allare, 6-1, but Northwestern's Gomez evened the score at one a piece as he won the second set, 7-5, on court No. 5. Once again the point came down to a super breaker and the Spartan was victorious in the 10-6 decision. The win broke a five-match losing streak.
Michigan State falls to 11-15, 2-8 Big Ten, and Northwestern improved to 9-13, 4-6 Big Ten. State finished the season in ninth place in the Big Ten.
The Spartans begin post-season play on April 26-29 as they head to the Big Ten Championships in West Lafayette, Ind.