Sept. 29, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team will open its second home fall tournament this weekend, Sept. 29-Oct. 2, as it hosts the annual Stan Drobac Invitational at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts. Play will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday, as the Spartans will face Toledo in the first doubles match of the weekend. Play on Saturday and Sunday will begin at 10 a.m.Teams competing in the Invitational this weekend along with the Spartans are Cleveland State, Detroit, Duquesne, Toledo, Western Michigan and Xavier.
The Spartans look to build off of their success in their first tournament of the season, the Frank Beeman Invite, where they earned victories in five of six flights, including both doubles flights. Sophomore Aaron Pfister teamed up with junior Denis Bogatov to earn the victory in the Flight A doubles over fellow Spartan freshman Gijs Linders and senior Austin Brooks. Pfister followed his doubles victory with a win in the singles Green Flight. Senior Ronnie Hulewicz and junior Will Davis took the victory in the doubles B flight. Hulewicz also earned a finals victory in singles, where he defeated Linders in the White Flight.
The Spartans will be missing two of their key performers, as assistant coach Matt Roberts will be accompanying Aaron Pfister and Gijs Linders as they travel to Tulsa, Okla. to compete in the ITA All-American Tournament. Play in Tulsa begins Saturday, October 1.
Stan Drobac was the head coach at Michigan State for 32 years, from 1958-1989, and a Spartan student-athlete from 1949-1953. As a student-athlete, Drobac captured the Big Ten singles title in 1953, after finishing runner-up in 1952. He also earned the Big Ten doubles title in 1952 and 1953. Captain for the 1952 season, Drobac led the Spartans to an unblemished 10-0 record. Before attending MSU, Drobac, along with former MSU men's tennis coach, Frank Beeman, who also preceded Drobac's coaching reign and coached Drobac as a student-athlete, competed in doubles play at Wimbledon.
Throughout his coaching career, Drobac made a substantial impact on the Michigan State tennis program. He led the Spartans to the Big Ten title in 1967 and finished second three times as well as two third-place finishes. Under Drobac, ten individual conference singles titles were claimed by the Spartans, along with four conference doubles titles. He was inducted into the Intercollegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in 1990.
For updated results on this weekend's action, please visit www.msuspartans.com.