Oct. 31, 2008
MADISON, Wis. - -
Michigan State men's tennis opened the Big Ten Indoor Singles Championships with play in the qualifying draw. Sophomore John Stratton (Monroeville, N.J.) and junior Brendan Kinkopf (Cleveland, Ohio) advanced to the main draw with wins.
Sophomore Clark Richardson (Leawood, Kan.) also played in the qualifying draw, but failed to advance, falling to Thomas Wilson of Purdue.
Stratton defeated Adam Altepeter of Minnesota in a tie breaking set after falling behind in the first set, and Kinkopf claimed a victory over Philip Kafka of Northwestern with an impressive 6-3, 6-4 win.
"The Big Ten Indoor Championships is our biggest tournament in the fall," said head coach Gene Orlando. "Its Big Ten competition, which is highly competitive and we have eight guys in the main draw. We get to see how the other teams are shaping up in preparation for the season."
Both Stratton and Kinkopf will join six other Spartans tomorrow, Nov. 1, in the main draw starting at 9 a.m. in Madison, Wis.