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Men's Tennis Prepares for Saturday Doubleheader with Eastern Illinois and Dayton
Will Davis
Will Davis

March 11, 2010

EAST LANSING, Mich - The Michigan State men's tennis team (9-4) will host Eastern Illinois and Dayton on Saturday, March 13, at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., respectively.

Last Time Out
MSU hosted both Butler and IUPUI in a Saturday doubleheader on March 6. In the morning match against Butler, the Spartans began strong by sweeping the doubles point, and continued their momentum in singles play, again sweeping every position to down the Bulldogs, 7-0.

In the afternoon match against IUPUI, MSU swept doubles action against the Jaguars, and remained strong in singles play. The Spartans earned five of the six singles points to top IUPUI, 6-1.

Fierce Freshmen
The freshmen have continued to impress this season as Will Davis (Louisville, Ky.), Christian Roehmer (Mt. Pleasant, Mich.) and Denis Bogatov (Gurnee, Ill.) have all contributed to the Spartans' success thus far this season.

Davis has seen action at No. 5 singles where he has compiled a 5-2 record on the year. Davis' most recent win came in a 7-6(8), 6-4 decision over Taylor Tunis of IUPUI.

Roehmer currently boasts a record of 3-0 in matches in the No. 6 singles slot. Roehmer won his most recent match over Malcolm Peace of IUPUI, 6-2, 6-1.

Bogatov continues to be the standout freshman competing in both singles and doubles action at the No. 3 position. After he outlasted Nick Volz of IUPUI, 6-1, 6-0, he stands at 10-3 overall in singles, the most singles wins on the team. He is also 10-1 with partner Clark Richardson (Leawood, Kan.) on the year at No. 3 doubles.

Dynamic Doubles
Doubles action has proven to be a strong point for the Green and White. MSU has attained the doubles point in each of its nine wins this season. No. 3 doubles has posted the most wins out of any other doubles position with an 11-2 mark. No. 2 doubles currently has a record of 9-4, while No. 1 doubles has six wins.



In every match the Spartans have won the doubles point in, they have gone on to win the overall match against their opponent.

The pairing of Bogatov and Richardson has been a stable part of the Spartan doubles lineup at the No. 3 position. The duo stands at an impressive 10-1 on the season. Bogatov and Richardson are 9-1 in their last 10 matches together.

At No. 2 doubles, junior Jason Norville (Farmington Hills, Mich.) and senior Joe Vallee (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) have compiled a 9-4 overall record after most recently defeating Toledo's Sven Burus and Leo Sarria, 8-4. Norville and Vallee are 7-3 in their last 10 and have won their last two matches.

The No. 1 doubles pairing of Stratton and sophomore Austin Brooks (Houston, Texas) currently have six wins on the season together. The most recent win the two earned was over Malcolm Peace and Bren Vasalakis, 8-0, to extend their win streak to two matches.

Spartan Depth
The Spartans have showed versatility and depth with sturdy play from the sophomores and juniors. Stratton has the second most wins (eight) in dual play on the team, seeing action at No. 4 (4-2) and No. 5 (4-0) singles.

He impressed in his match against Notre Dame when he earned the only win for the Green and White after topping No. 105 Blas Moros at No. 5 singles, 7-6 (4), 6-0.

Sophomore Ronnie Hulewicz (Tequesta, Fla.) has seen a majority of the action at No. 1 singles, but has also played one match at No. 2. Overall, Hulewicz has an 8-5 record in spring play. He most recently outlasted Deon Shafer of IUPUI, 6-0, 6-1.

Brooks has played primarily at the No. 2 spot where he posted his most recent win over Ben Raynauld of Butler, 7-5, 7-6 (3), to put him at 5-6 overall.

Eastern Illinois
Eastern Illinois currently stands at 3-8 on the season, most recently topping IUPUI on March 5. Leading the Panthers at the No. 1 position is Jeff Rutherford who is 5-6 on the year. Rutherford also comprises half of the No. 1 doubles tandem, along with Justin Haag. Together, Rutherford and Haag are 3-2 on the spring. This is the first ever meeting between the two schools. EIU is led by John Blackburn who is in his third year with the Panthers.

The Flyers enter the weekend with a record of 3-10 overall on the season, with matches scheduled on both Thursday and Friday (March 11-12). Dayton's most recent win came on Feb. 20 when it topped Northern Kentucky, 4-2. Occupying the No. 1 singles for the Flyers is Michael Rohana who currently sits at 5-15 on the season. Rohana also teams with David Peyton to occupy the No. 1 doubles position where they have five wins together. The Spartans lead the all-time series over Dayton 4-0. The most recent meeting was in 2000 when MSU downed the Flyers 7-0. In his first year at the helm of Dayton is head coach Eric Mahone.

Next Up
The Spartans will open Big Ten play next weekend when they travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., for a match against Michigan. Action is slated to begin at 6 p.m.


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