Sept. 9, 2010
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team opens its 2010 season with the second annual Frank Beeman Invitational Friday-Sunday, Sept. 10-12. Pending weather, all matches will be held at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts, with matches set to begin at 2:30 p.m. on Friday. Action will continue at 9 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. The invitational will include participants from Chicago State, Dayton, Detroit, Duquesne, IPFW, Toledo, Western Michigan and Youngstown State. The invitational will be contested in a compass draw, non-elimination format.
Head coach Gene Orlando enters his 20th year at the helm of the Spartan men's tennis program. After finishing the 2009-10 season with a record of 13-14, the Spartans look to build off the young nucleus of talent for the 2010-11 campaign. Orlando believes early non-conference tournaments allows for good experience for the upcoming season.
"The fall schedule provides us a great opportunity as coaches to see where the team is at are and what needs to improve on this fall," said head coach Gene Orlando. "We are able to make adjustments so we are prepared for the main season in January."
The Spartans will rely heavily on their eight returnees from last season, as well as two incoming freshman. Orlando will count on junior Ronnie Hulewicz and sophomore Denis Bogatov to lead this year's team. Bogatov finished the 2009-10 season 22-13 in singles play, while Hulewicz finished the season with nine wins in doubles play and 23 wins in singles play. Adding depth to the lineup are seniors John Stratton, Clark Richardson and Jason Norville, junior Austin Brooks and sophomores Will Davis and Christian Roehmer.
The Spartans welcome freshmen Aaron Pfister and Andrew Lied, as well as transfer Matthew Nelson. Nelson will not be eligible until January due to NCAA transfer rules.
Frank Beeman served as head coach of the MSU men's tennis program for nine seasons, from 1948-1951 and 1953-1957. During his time as head coach, Beeman led MSU to its first Big Ten title in 1951. A great friend, and mentor to the MSU men's tennis program and University, Beeman's presence is strong and continues to grow. In his honor, the Frank Beeman Endowment was established in 2004 and quickly grew to be the largest endowed fund out of all men's sports at MSU.
For daily results from this weekends action, please visit www.msuspartans.com.