Feb. 10, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
The Michigan State men's tennis team hosts two weekend matches for the fifth time in as many weeks as it faces Marquette on Friday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m., and Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m.
Scouting the Spartans
The Spartans capped off another impressive weekend last week as they defeated the University of Toledo, 6-1, and upset then-ranked No. 21 Wake Forest, also by a score of 6-1. With the victories, MSU moves to a perfect 8-0 on the season and has earned a No. 56 ranking in the ITA weekly rankings for the first time this season. Leading the way for the Spartans was sophomore Denis Bogatov, who defeated the Demon Deacons' John Wolff, 0-6, 6-4, 6-3, in the No. 1 singles spot, staying unbeaten in singles at 5-0. Junior Ron Hulewicz has also been a model of consistency for MSU in the No. 2 spot, recording a 5-0 mark in singles play and a 3-0 record in doubles matches. Hulewicz earned an impressive 6-0, 6-1 win over Iain Atkinson of Wake Forest last weekend. Senior leadership has also played a significant role in the Spartans success, as John Stratton, Jason Norville and Clark Richardson have a combined for a 13-2 record in singles play.
Notre Dame Scouting
The Golden Eagles of Marquette bring a 4-1 record to East Lansing, earning victories over IUPUI, Chicago State, Northern Illinois and UIC, while only falling to then-No. 27 Minnesota. Leading the way for Marquette at No. 1 singles is Jose Carlos Gutierrez Crowley, who has tallied four victories on the season. Gutierrez Crowley earned two wins in last weekends competition, taking down Alexander Raa of UIC, 6-2, 6-4, and beating NIU's Maksym Bartiuk, 6-3, 6-2. In the No. 2 singles spot, freshman Dan Mamalat has been impressive for the Eagles, earning a 5-0 record on the spring.
No. 25 Notre Dame has faced tough opponents early and often this season, tallying a 4-3 record with losses to No. 1 Virginia, No. 14 Duke and No. 16 Illinois, while earning victories over No. 39 Wisconsin, No. 24 Oklahoma and No. 68 William and Mary. Leading the way for the Irish at No. 1 singles has been Casey Watt, and Stephen Havens at the No. 2 position. Havens defeated Wisconsin's Ricardo Martin in last weeks action, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. Watt earned an impressive victory earlier in the season over Oklahoma's Ionut Beleleu, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 6-3. Look for Senior Captain Tyler Davis and Stephen Havens to compete at No. 1 doubles. The Irish are set to face Marquette on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility before facing the Spartans in the afternoon.
Last Year vs. Opponents
Michigan State fell to the Irish of Notre Dame, 6-1, in last years competition, as senior John Stratton earned the only victory for the Spartans when he defeated Blas Moros, 7-6 (7-4), 6-0, in the No. 5 spot. MSU did not face Marquette last season.
The Spartans hit the road for the first time this season next weekend as they travel to Muncie, Ind., to face the Cardinals of Ball State at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Feb. 19.