Spartan Men's Tennis Downs DepaulEAST LANSING, Mich.- - The Michigan State men's tennis team started off the 1998 season with an impressive 5-2 victory Saturday morning over the DePaul Blue Demons. The visitors started the meet strong by winning the doubles point with two out of three victories in doubles competition, but the Spartans would redeem themselves in singles competition by winning 5 of the 6 single's matches.
Saturday morning's dual meet began with three spirited doubles matches. In the No. 3 doubles, Michigan State teamed junior captain Trey Eubanks with senior Benjamin Hetzler. The pair won MSU's only double's match of the morning by defeating DePaul's Rory McKinney and Steve Castle 8-3. In the No. 1 doubles match, MSU's Ken Kigongo and Chris Struck fell to the 14th-ranked doubles squad in the Region IV Rolex Rankings Lukas Horacek and Dan Auger 8-5. DePaul sealed the double's point when the Blue Demons Greg Tranquada and Conrad Nowak defeated the Spartan's Francisco Trinidad and Ivica Primorac in the No. 2 doubles 8-5.
Michigan State had its way with Depaul in the singles competition. Junior Mark Jacobson started off the Spartan dominance by defeating Steve Castle in the No. 6 match 6-2, 6-0. In the No. 5 match, MSU sophomore Francisco Trinidad overcame Depaul sophomore Rory McKinney 6-1, 6-1. McKinney is a Michigan native from Grand Blanc and had a strong crowd following. After his double's defeat, sophomore Ken Kigongo was able to redeem himself with a 6-2, 7-6(3) defeat of Dan Auger in the No. 4 match. Kigongo's doubles partner Chris Struck was not as fortunate. He fell to Lukas Horaceck for the second time with a 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-4 loss in the No. 2 singles match. Spartan sophomore Ivica Primorac took the No. 3 singles match with a 6-0, 7-6(1) victory over the Blue Demons senior Conrad Nowak.
In the No. 1 singles competition of the day, Michigan State junior captain Trey Eubanks was able to survive a tough first set that ended with a tie-breaker going in Eubank's favor 11-9. Eubank's would go on to take the match from DePaul's top player Greg Tranquada 7-6(9), 6-2. Eubanks is currently ranked tenth regionally in the Rolex Collegiate Regional Rankings.
The dual meet with DePaul is the Spartan's first in a series of two dual meets that are being played at the MSU indoor tennis facility on Saturday. MSU will face Cincinnati in the nightcap, which begins at 6:00 p.m. Michigan State will host the Big Ten indoor championships January 24-26 at the MSU indoor tennis facility on Mt. Hope road.