Men's Tennis Team Competes in Rolex Regional Championships
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State menis tennis team took to the courts in Champaign, Ill., this weekend in the 1997 Rolex Regional Championships. The Atkins Tennis Center was the home of tournament action. The competition included players from 30 teams in Region IV.
The Spartans competed well in first-round action, winning all five of its first round matches. Michigan State captain Trey Eubanks entered the draw as the sixth seeded singles competitor and received a bye in the first round. In the second round, Eubanks defeated fellow Big Ten competitor Jon Svensson of Minnesota, 6-4, 6-3. Eubanksi tournament run was halted in the third round when he was upset by unseeded Jakub Tepley of Illinois, 6-3, 7-6(5).
Michigan State's Ken Kigongo revenged Eubanksi defeat by beating Tepleyis Illinois teammate Matt Snyder, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Kigongo went on to drop his second-round contest to 23rd-ranked Brook Blain of the University of Michigan. Ranked players knocked three other Spartans out of competition. Francisco Trinidad was defeated by fifth-ranked Gavin Sontag of Illinois in a highly competitive match, 7-5, 7-6(4). Sophomore Ivica Primorac lost to eventual semi-finalist and fourth seeded Bryan Smith of Ball State, 6-3, 6-2. After defeating Matias Ardfeldt of Northern Illinois in the first round, 6-3, 6-4, Michigan Stateis Chris Struck fell to 19th-seeded Shlomo Shemesh from Butler, 6-4, 6-4.
The doubles draw featured two teams from Michigan State, Ivica Primorac with Francisco Trinidad and Chris Struck with Trey Eubanks. Struck and Eubanks entered the field seeded sixth.
After receiving a first-round bye, Struck and Eubanks were defeated by an unseeded pair from Depaul, 9-7. Primorac and Trinidad downed a team from Dayton in the first round, 8-3, but they received the same fate as their teammates when they fell short to a combo from Northern Illinois in the second round, 9-8(2).
The Rolex Regionals marks the end of Michigan Stateis fall competition. The dual match season begins Sunday, January 17, when the Depaul Blue Demons travel to East Lansing.