Men's Tennis Hosts Final Dual Matches of the 2009 Season
April 15, 2009
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EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team will host No. 53 Indiana on Saturday, April 18 and then No. 11 Illinois on Sunday, April 19 at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. Play will begin at noon both days.
Against Michigan, the doubles pairing of senior John Allare (Masonville, Ohio) and junior Jason Norville (Farmington Hills, Mich.) defeated the No. 51 tandem of Jason Jung and George Navaz, 8-6, at the No. 1 position.
Freshman Ronnie Hulewicz (Tequesta, Fla.) and senior Alex Forger (Okemos, Mich.) picked up the two points for the Spartans against Purdue. Hulewicz defeated Roberto Cabrini in dominating fashion, 6-1, 6-1, at No. 5 singles while Forger posted a win over Branko Kuzmanovic, 6-4, 6-2, at the No. 2 position.
In the Classroom
A Solid Start
Brooks has mainly played at No. 3 and No. 4 singles this season and currently stands at 18-17 overall and 8-12 in dual play. He is 2-0 at the No. 2 position, 3-2 at No. 3 and 3-10 at No. 4. His last singles win came against Illinois State, where he won 7-6 (8-4), 6-4. His last doubles win came with sophomore John Stratton (Monroeville, N.J.) over Minnesota doubles opponents of Dino Bilankov and Tobias Wernet, 8-7.
Hulewicz claims the team-best overall and dual record this season. He has tallied an impressive 25-11 overall singles record, playing at mainly No. 5 singles, and 18-4 in dual play. He is the only Spartan to post a winning record against Big Ten opponents, going 5-3 so far this season. The four losses came against Iowa, Cleveland State, Ohio State and Michigan. Before falling to Iowa, Hulewicz was riding an 11-match win streak and has currently won seven of his last ten matches. During Spring break, the team traveled to California for three matches where Hulewicz was the only Spartan to pick up a singles win in all three matches. His most recent win came against Purdue's Roberto Cabrini, where he won in dominating fashion, 6-1, 6-1, and was one of just two Spartans to pick up a point. He is 2-1 at No. 3 doubles, partnering with juniors Jason Norville (Farmington Hills, Mich.), Brendan Kinkopf (Cleveland, Ohio) and Stratton throughout the season.
Leaving an Impression
Allare, ranked 22nd regionally, holds an overall record of 25-15, and 10-12 in dual play. He has posted a 5-7 record at No. 1 and 5-5 at No. 2. His most recent win came against Iowa's Christian Bierich where he defeated him, 6-3, 6-1. Against Michigan, the doubles pairing of Allare and Norville defeated the No. 51 tandem of Jason Jung and George Navaz, 8-6, at the No. 1 position. The pair has posted wins over three nationally ranked doubles teams; Michigan, Iowa and Ohio State. The duo stands at 12-8 on the season and 5-8 at the No. 1 position. Allare and Norville hold a 7-0 mark at the No. 2 doubles position as well and are 15-10 overall. They started the season with a nine-match winning streak before falling to the Santa Clara doubles team of Jay Wong and Kenzo Hirakawa-Wong.
Forger, ranked regionally at No. 27, currently holds a 9-11 dual season record, going 4-5 at the No. 2 position and 5-6 at No. 1. His most recent win came against Purdue when he defeated Branko Kuzmanovic, 6-4, 6-2, at the No.2 position and was one of just two Spartans to pick up a win against the Boilermakers. Forger and sophomore Clark Richardson (Leawood, Kansas) have teamed together to go 6-3 in doubles play; Forger has compiled a 4-4 record with Rasmussen in doubles action as well. His most recent win came with sophomore John Stratton (Monroeville, N.J.) when the pair topped Penn State's tandem Ryan Gormley and Eddie Bourchier, 8-5.
Rasmussen has a dual record of 9-13, with wins coming at the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 positions. Three of his wins came at the No. 3 position, two at the No. 2 spot and the remaining four wins at the No. 4 spot. With doubles partners, Forger and Kinkopf, he has tallied a 7-6 record; three wins have come with Kinkopf and four with Forger. His most recent doubles win came with Forger when the pair defeated its Tulsa opponents, James Seagranves and Wojciech Starakiewic, at the No. 3 position. Starakiewic
Filling the Lineup
Kinkopf is 4-0 at No. 6 singles, and 4-2 in doubles action, partnering with Hulewicz, Rasmussen and Richardson. Norville has tallied a 9-13 record in dual play, primarily at the No. 4 and No. 5 singles positions, and stands at 12-8 with Allare in doubles play. Stratton is 4-3 at the No. 6 and No. 3 singles positions and has, most recently, teamed with Forger to defeat the doubles teams of Ryan Gormley and Eddie Bourchier of Penn State, 8-5. Richardson has gone 3-0 at the No. 5 singles position, 10-7 overall and is 7-6 in doubles play with partners Forger, Hulewicz and Kinkopf.
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