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Men's Tennis Hosts Duquesne and Bradley to Open Dual Play on Saturday
Jason Norville
Jason Norville

Jan. 14, 2010

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Jason Norville

The Michigan State men's tennis team opens dual play with a doubleheader on Saturday, Jan. 16, when they host Duquesne at 10 a.m. and Bradley at 4 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.

The Spartans
After hosting three tournaments during the fall, including Big Ten Indoors, the Spartans are ready to begin the 2010 dual season.

MSU saw five Spartans qualify for the ITA Midwest Regionals, including freshman Denis Bogatov (Gurnee, Ill.) and sophomore Ronnie Hulewicz (Tequesta, Fla.) who were automatic qualifiers.

The Spartans return six players from last season and welcome three freshmen, Bogatov, Will Davis (Louisville, Ky.) and Christian Roehmer (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.), along with senior Joe Vallee (Farmington Hills, Mich.)

Additions to the Spartan Staff
Also, joining MSU this season is assistant coach Matt Roberts. Roberts hails from the University of Arkansas where he was a three-time captain and four-year letterwinner. He also served as the volunteer assistant coach at the University of Arkansas - Little Rock and most recently played professionally on the ATP circuit since September of 2007.

2008-09 Season Wrap-up
Michigan State finished last season with a 12-14 record. The Spartans lost strong players in John Allare, Scott Rasmussen and Alex Forger due to graduation.



Spartans In the Classroom
The MSU men's tennis team saw five student-athletes earn conference honors last season. As a team, Michigan State was also named as an ITA All-Academic team prior to the start of the 209-10 season. The following individuals all earned academic honors; Alex Forger, Brendan Kinkopf, Scott Rasmussen, Clark Richardson and John Stratton. Each of the athletes honored by the ITA were first-time selections.

Eligibility for the team award is based on a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or higher. The average team grade-point-average must include student-athletes who have competed in one or more varsity matches for the current academic year and whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form.

Duquesne finished the 2008-09 season with a 5-11 final record and is coached by Rob Castille, who is in his fifth season with the Dukes. Duquesne competed in three invitationals during the fall of 2009.

Bradley is coached by Jesse Plote, who is in his first year with the Braves. Bradley finished the 2008-09 season with an overall record of 8-13. In fall play, the Braves competed in four tournaments, including the ITA Regionals.

Next Up
Michigan State will travel to Williamsburg, Va. to take on William & Mary on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 6 p.m. for its first away match of the season.


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