April 23, 2006
University Park, Penn. - The Michigan State men's tennis team fell to Penn State, Sunday, April 23, on the road, in its final regular season match in 2006. The loss brings the Spartans overall record to 7-17 and 1-9 in the Big Ten. The only point for MSU came from a singles victory by sophomore Adam Monich at No. 2. Monich knocked off Malcolm Scatliffe in two sets, 6-3, 7-6.
In other singles play, No. 100 sophomore Nick Rinks was defeated by No. 88 Mark Barry at the No. 1 spot, 6-3, 7-6. At No. 3, John Allare fell to Ryan Berger, 6-1, 6-3, while Michael James knocked off Michael Flowers in three sets, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, at No. 4. The final two points went to Penn State as Scott Rasmussen dropped a 6-3, 6-1 decision to Adam Slagter and Brendan Lynch defeated Chris Walker, 6-0, 6-0.
Penn State claimed the doubles point as well, winning in all three match-ups. At No. 1, the duo of Rinks and Monich lost to Barry and Slagter, 8-5. Also falling 8-5, was the duo Allare and Flowers, who were defeated by Berger and Hunter at No. 2, while at No. 3, Dwyer and Scatliffe defeated Rasmussen and Walker, 8-0.
The Spartans will begin Big Ten Championship play Thursday, April 27 in Minneapolis, Minn.