Feb. 1, 1998
Michigan State Men's Tennis Posts a 2-1 Record at the O'Charley's/Vol Classic
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After hosting the Big Ten Indoor Championships last weekend, the Michigan State men's tennis team took its act on the road this weekend for the OiCharleyis/Vol Classic at the University of Tennessee Indoor Tennis Center. Along with Michigan State, Indiana, William and Mary, and Tennessee competed in the three- day tournament.
On the first day of competition, the Spartans squared off against Tennessee with the Volunteers downing Michigan State with a score of 4-3. The two teams split the singles competition with each winning three matches. Senior Benjamin Hetzler took the No. 6 match with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Roger Ilias. In the No. 3 singles match, sophomore Ivica Primorac downed Mark Fitzpatrick 7-5, 6-1. Spartan standout Trey Eubanks continued his winning ways with a win in the No. 1 match 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. The Vols were able to take the match by sweeping Michigan State in the doubles competion.
The Spartans returned on Saturday to face Big Ten rival Indiana University. Michigan State was able to even up its weekend series with a 4-3 win over the Hoosiers. In the singles competition, Michigan State upended the Hoosiers 4-3. Eubanks won his second match of the weekend with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Derek Pope in the No. 1 match. Primorac also won his second match 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 over Gabriel Montilla in the No. 3 competition. Sophomore Ken Kigongo took his first match of the tournament with a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win over Ian Arons. Hetzler was able to lift the Spartans to victory with a victory in the No. 6 match over Paul Jacobson 6-3, 6-2.
The Spartans lone doubles victory over the Hoosiers came with an 8-4 victory by Eubanks and Hetzler over Ian Arons and Brendon Storey.
On the final day of competion, the Spartans were slated to take on the College of William and Mary. Michigan State took the match 5-2 to move the Spartans to 2-1 for the weekend. The Spartans were swept in the doubles competion, but went 5-1 in singles action. Junior Mark Jacobson won his first match of the competition with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Anshuman Johra in the No. 6 match. In the No. 5 match, sophomore Francisco Trinidad defeated Dave Kenas 2-6, 6-0, 7-5. Hetzler moved up to compete in the No. 4 single, and he helped the Spartan cause with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Alexander Souters. Primorac and Eubanks were able to go undefeated for the tournament. Primorac downed Mehdy Karbid 7-5, 6-2 in the No. 3 match while Eubanks took Christian Jordan in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 of the No. 1 singles match.
Michigan Stateis next competition is February 14 when the Spartans travel to Oxford, Ohio to take on Miami (Ohio) of the Mid-American Conference in a dual meet competition.
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