April 29, 2010
BLOOMINTON, Ind. - The Michigan State men's tennis team (13-14, 1-9) fell 4-0 to the sixth-seeded and No. 44 Indiana in the first round of the Big Ten Championship on Thursday, April 29, in Bloomington, Ind., to conclude the 2009-10 season.
IU picked up the doubles point after posting wins at the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Indiana's double pairing of Jeremy Langer and Santiago Gruter defeated senior Joe Vallee (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) and junior Clark Richardson (Leawood, Kan.), 8-2, at No. 2 doubles. The Hoosier tandem of Alexander van Gils and Isade Juneau posted a win over freshman Christian Roehmer (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) and junior Jason Norville (Farmington Hills, Mich.) at No. 3 doubles by the same, 8-2, margin.
Langer went on to top sophomore Austin Brooks (Houston, Texas) at No. 2 singles, 6-3, 6-2, while Gruter posted a 6-2, 6-2 win over Norville at No. 4 singles. Indiana's Will Kendall picked up the win at No. 6 singles when he defeated freshman Will Davis (Louisville, Ky.), 6-2, 6-2.
The No. 1, No. 3 and No. 5 singles matches went unfinished. At No. 1, sophomore Ronnie Hulewicz (Tequesta, Fla.) was fighting back in the second set, but the match concluded with a 6-0, 5-4 tally in Lachlan Ferguson's favor. Freshman Denis Bogatov (Gurnee, Ill) was also in a close mid-second set with Josh MacTaggart of IU when the match was decided, 7-5, 3-2, in the favor of MacTaggart. Vallee picked up the only win for the Spartans in the first set against Juneau at No. 5 singles. The match was ended with a 6-4, 1-4 score.
The Spartans end their 2009-10 campaign with a 13-14 overall finish.
#44 Indiana 4, Michigan State 0
1. Lachlan Ferguson (IND-M) vs. Ronnie Hulewicz (MSU) 6-0, 5-4, unfinished
2. Jeremy Langer (IND-M) def. Austin Brooks (MSU) 6-3, 6-2
3. Josh MacTaggart (IND-M) vs. Denis Bogatov (MSU) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
4. Santiago Gruter (IND-M) def. Jason Norville (MSU) 6-2, 6-2
5. Isade Juneau (IND-M) vs. Joe Vallee (MSU) 4-6, 4-1, unfinished
6. Will Kendall (IND-M) def. Will Davis (MSU) 6-2, 6-2
1. #39 Lachlan Ferguson/Josh MacTaggart (IND-M) vs. John Stratton/Austin Brooks (MSU) unfinished
2. Jeremy Langer/Santiago Gruter (IND-M) def. Joe Vallee/Clark Richardson (MSU) 8-2
3. Alexander van Gils/Isade Juneau (IND-M) def. Christian Roehmer/Jason Norville (MSU) 8-2