April 21, 1998
12-9, (3-5 Big Ten) Head Coach: Gene Orlando (10th year) At MSU: 82-91 (7th year) Overall: 113-131 (10th year)
Last Week's Results: Michigan State 2, Wisconsin 5 Michigan State 1, Northwestern 6
Upcoming Events: Saturday, April 25, Purdue, 1 p.m. Sunday, April 26, Illinois, 1 p.m.
Final Big Ten Weekend: The Michigan State men's tennis team will play it final two regular season contests this weekend. The Spartans will take on Purdue University Saturday, April 25, at 1:00 p.m. and the University of Illinois Sunday, April 26, also at 1:00 p.m. The Boilermakers are 10-9 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten. Last season, Michigan State lost to Purdue 4-3 in West Lafayette, Ind. The Fighting Illini are the defending Big Ten champions, and last year the Spartans shocked Illinois 4-3 in Champaign, Ill. Both matches this weekend are slated for the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
Tough Road Trip: The Green and White suffered through a tough weekend road trip this past weekend with two Big Ten losses. On Saturday, MSU dropped a 5-2 decision to Wisconsin. Sophomore Ivica Primorac continued to improve with a 6-3, 6-1 win at the No. 2 position, and junior Chris Struck was able to secure the No. 4 match-up 6-7 (3), 7-5, 6-4.
The Spartans traveled to Evanston, Ill. Sunday to take on Northwestern. The Wildcats defeated the Spartans 6-1. MSU was able to keep the match tight by taking four singles matches to three sets, but sophomore Francisco Trinidad was the only Michigan State player that was able to pull out a victory, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6, in the No. 5 position.