Oct. 15, 1997

Spartans Struggle at the All-American Tournament

EAST LANSING, Mich.-- The Michigan State men's tennis team headed south this week to play at the ITA All-American Tennis Tournament on October 11-19. The tournament is being held at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center on the campus of the University of Texas, at Austin and is strictly an individual competition. There will be no team score recorded.

In pre-qualifying matches, the Spartans struggled in their efforts to qualify for the main draw. Junior Chris Struck and sophomore Ken Kigongo both won their opening matches in the pre-qualifying round, but both were upset in the second round of competition. Kigongo was beaten by Mike Detas of West Virginia, 9-7. Struck was eliminated by Weylu Chang of Alabama, 8-3. Senior Ben Hetzler was eliminated after the first round. He was beaten by Enrique Marcos of New Mexico State, 9-7. Junior Mark Jacobson advanced to the quarterfinals of the pre-qualifying bracket but came up just short to Adrian Barnes of the University of California, 6-0, 6-4. Sophomore Ivica Primorac also advanced to the quarterfinals where he suffered the same fate as his teammate. He was defeated by Carlos Tori from Texas A&M, 6-7, 6-3, 6-4.

In the main draw rounds that started on Tuesday, junior Trey Eubanks began play. He was abruptly eliminated in the first round of competition by Bobby Hedina from San Diego State University, 6-3,6-1. Entering this week's tournament, Eubanks is ranked 89th in the nation according to the ITA Rolex Collegiate rankings.

The team will compete in doubles action as well as consolation rounds later on in the week and into the weekend. The Spartans continue fall tournament action at the University of Illinoisis Atkins Tennis Center for the Rolex Regionals from October 31-November 3.

Men's Tennis