Eubanks Wins First Two Matches at Big Ten Indoor Championships
EAST LANSING, Mich. -The Big Ten Conference invaded the Michigan State Indoor Tennis Facility on Saturday for the Conference's Indoor Championships. Michigan State junior Trey Eubanks is member of the tournament's sweet 16. Eubank's was one of the 16 competitors that went undefeated on the first day of match play.
In his first match, Eubanks defeated David Chang of Wisconsin 7-5, 6-2. The Spartan captain made it more interesting in his second match, but the outcome would be the same with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over Scott Wiles of Ohio State. Eubanks will face Minnesota's Tom Chicoine at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday in hopes of advancing further into the tourney.
Other Michigan State main draw victories came from senior Ben Hetzler over Cris James of Purdue 7-6, 6-4 and sophomore Francisco Trinidad's over Pari Laxminarajan of Ohio State 3-6, 6-2, 6-4. After first round losses, junior Chris Struck and sophomore Ivica Primorac rebounded to win their first matches in the back draw.
The Big Ten Indoor Meet is strictly an individual competition, and with the first two rounds being double elimination, players who lost matches still have a chance to end up back in the main draw.
The tournament, only in its first day, has already seen six seeded players fall in the first two rounds. The group of ranked players that lost matches on Saturday were: No. 16 Jakub Tepley of Illinois, No. 15 David Paradzik of Michigan, No. 13 William Farrah of Michigan, No. 8 Matt Wright of Michigan, No. 5 Cary Franklin of Illinois, and No. 3 Gavin Sontag of Illinois. Wright is the only seeded player that was knocked totally out of the competition.
The Spartans managed to go 6-5 on the day with only Eubanks remaining in the main draw when play begins on Sunday. Michigan State's other players must fight their way through the back draw to have a shot at the individual title. Play begins at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility on Mt. Hope Rd.