Spartans Finish Impressive Weekend at Beeman Invite
Four Spartans victorious in singles finals; one pair in doubles.
Sept. 12, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The MSU men's tennis team continued its winning form on the third and final day of the Frank Beeman Invitational on Sunday, Sept. 12, with finals victories in all four singles flights and one in the doubles flight.
Sophomore Denis Bogatov defeated Aleks Elezovic of Toledo, 4-6, 6-1, 10-2, in the final match to seal the victory in the Green Flight for the Spartans. Junior Ronnie Hulewicz, the other Spartan representative in the Green Flight, defeated Simon Blomberg of Western Michigan, 7-6 (5), 6-2, in the consolation bracket. Hulewicz finished the tournament with only one loss, which came on day two against Cesaar Escobar of Dayton.
In the White Flight Singles, red-shirt senior Jason Norville gave the Spartans their second finals victory by defeating Brad Noel of Western Michigan, 7-6 (6), 6-1. Senior John Stratton also won in his only match of the day, beating Kit Phoon of IPFW, 6-0, 6-1.
Freshman Aaron Pfister capped off an impressive tournament with arguably his biggest win of the weekend, taking down fellow Spartan senior Clark Richardson, 6-3, 7-6(5), in the championship match of the Spartan Flight. Pfister handed Richardson his first and only loss of the tournament in singles play.
Freshman Andrew Lied also concluded his remarkable weekend performance with a victory over Spartan sophomore Christian Roehmer, 5-7, 7-6(8), 10-6, in the finals match of the State Flight. Roehmer suffered his first and only loss of singles play to Lied in the championship match.
In A Flight Doubles play, both Spartan pairs won in their only matches of the afternoon. Pfister and Richardson defeated Latosinski and Cheung of Dayton, 8-6, 6-2, while Stratton and Roehmer took down Nunez and Escobar also of Dayton, 8-6, 7-5.
In an all Spartan match for the championship in B Flight Doubles, Bogatov and Hulewicz defeated Lied and sophomore Will Davis, 8-6, 6-4, to take the crown, handing Lied and Davis their first loss in doubles play of the weekend.
The Spartans will continue fall action next month in the Stan Drobac Invitational in East Lansing, Oct. 8-10.