April 25, 1998
EAST LANSING, Mich.- The Michigan State men's tennis team lost to Purdue University Saturday 5-2. The Spartans fell to 12-10 overall and 3-6 in the Big Ten Conference.
The Green and White had trouble from the beginning when they failed to secure the doubles point. Purdue took two of the three doubles matches to win the point. All three of the double's contests went to tie breakers to determine the winner. The Spartans only doubles victory came in the No. 3 match-up when the sophomore duo of Ken Kigongo and Mark Findling defeated Dan Swan and G.T. Cozad 9-7.
In singles action, the Spartans managed to win only two matches against the Boilermakers. Sophomore Ivica Primorac continues to improve as he beat Jamie Gordan of Purdue in straight sets 7-6 (6), 7-5 in the No. 2 contest. The other MSU victory came from junior Chris Struck in the No. 3 match as he downed Derek Meyers 6-4, 6-4.
The Spartans next action will be against defending Big Ten Champion University of Illinois. The match will take place Sunday, April 26 at 1:00 p.m. at the MSU outdoor tennis courts.
Singles 1. Chris James (PUR) d. Trey Eubanks (MSU) 7-6, 3-6, 6-4 2. Ivica Primorac (MSU) d. Jamie Gordan (PUR) 7-6 (6), 7-5 3. Chris Struck (MSU) d. Derek Myers (PUR) 6-4, 6-4 4. Jason Marshall (PUR) d. Ken Kigongo (MSU) 6-1, 6-4 5. Dan Swan (PUR) d. Francisco Trinidad (MSU) 6-4, 7-6 (5) 6. Steve Brizendine (PUR) d. Mark Jacobson (MSU) 6-4, 6-2
Doubles 1. Myers/James (PUR) d. Struck/Eubanks (MSU) 9-8 2. Gordan/Marshall (PUR) d Primorac/Trinidad (MSU) 9-8 3. Kigongo/Mark Findling (MSU) d. Swan/Cozad (PUR) 9-7