MSU Wins its Second in a Row
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team kept its winning streak alive against the University of Cincinnati on Saturday night by beating the Bearcats for the fourth straight year. The final score for Saturday's dual match was 5-2. The competition with Cincinnati was Michigan State's second dual meet of the day. MSU defeated the University of DePaul earlier in the day by the same score 5-2. The wins propel Michigan State to 2-0 overall and 0-0 in the Big Ten.
The Spartans started the nightcap off better than they did the morning session by taking the doubles point with two victories in doubles competition. Sophomores Ivica Primorac and Francisco Trinidad defeated Thaddeus Reed and Matt Poulos in the No. 2 doubles match 8-6. The No. 1 singles tandem of sophomore Ken Kigongo and junior Chris Struck were able to rebound from their loss earlier in the day and defeat Jon DeCurtins and Robert Topalo 8-4. MSU's lone loss came when junior captain Trey Eubanks and sophomore Mark Findling fell to Matt Peterson and Jamie Jamison in the No. 3 match 9-8 (8).
In singles' action, Michigan State won 4 out of the 6 matches. Sophomore Nabile Taslimant and senior Benjamin Hetzler were able to win their first singles' matches of 1998 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Dave Phillips and a 6-1, 6-0 defeat of Matt Peterson, respectively. Sophomore Francisco Trinidad won his second match of the day in a win over Jon DeCurtins in the No. 3 singles match. Eubanks was able to show why he is a force to be reckoned with this season. He dismantled Cincinnati's top performer Matt Poulos in the No. 1 match 6-3, 6-0.
"It was important for us to get out of the gate with two quality wins especiall against tough opponents from Conference USA," said Michigan State head coach Gene Orlando. "These matches should help us prepare for next weekend's Big Ten indoor championships."
Michigan State will host the Big Ten indoor championships January 24-26 at the MSU indoor tennis facility on Mt. Hope road.