April 7, 1998
Last Week's Results: Michigan State 4, Minnesota 3 Michigan State 3, Iowa 4
Upcoming Events: Wednesday, April 8, at Michigan, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 11, vs. Penn State at MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts, 1 p.m.
Ready To Rumble: The Michigan State men's tennis team will face intrastate rival Michigan Wednesday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m. in Ann Arbor. The Wolverines are 4-0 in the Big Ten this season and possess a 9-3 overall dual match record. Last year, the Spartans fell to the Wolverines in a close match 4-3 in East Lansing.
From Top To Bottom: After Michigan State battles Michigan, the Spartans will face Penn State Saturday, April 11, at 1 p.m. The Nittany Lions are winless thus far in the Big Ten standings at 0-5. Junior Mike Griesser is Penn State's top player with a 15-10 overall but just a 1-4 Big Ten record this year. Last season, Penn State defeated Michigan State 5-2.
Weekend Split: The Spartans took on Big Ten opponents Minnesota and Iowa over the weekend. On Saturday, Michigan State defeated the University of Minnesota 4-3. The decision marked the first time since 1973 that the Spartans beat the Golden Gophers in dual match competition. MSU won two out of three double matches from Minnesota. Senior Benjamin Hetzler and junior Trey Eubanks teamed up to take the No. 2 match 8-3 while sophomores Ivica Primorac and Francisco Trinidad won the No. 3 contest 8-5. In the singles competition, Eubanks was victorious in the No. 1 match-up by the score of 7-5, 1-6, 7-6 (2). The Spartan captain's victory sealed the win for the Green and White. The other Michigan State singles victories against Minnesota came from Primorac at the No. 2 and sophomore Ken Kigongo at the No. 5.
On Sunday, the Spartans lost to Iowa 4-3 in another tightly contested weekend match-up. Michigan State started the contest by sweeping the double competition with junior Chris Struck and Kigongo taking the No. 1 match 9-7, Hetzler and Eubanks winning the No. 2 by the score of 8-3, and Primorac and Trinidad rolled in the No. 3 slot 8-5. The Hawkeyes were able to defeat MSU by taking four of six singles matches. Primorac at the No. 2 and Hetzler at the No. 4 were the Spartans victorious in singles action against Iowa.