Jan. 11, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 47 Michigan State men's tennis team is off to a quick start in its 2014 season. The Spartans blanked Detroit 7-0 and took down Toledo 6-1 on Saturday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
"These are two teams that help us get ready for the season," head coach Gene Orlando said. "It was a good way to start, we'll just continue to try and get sharper. We know that we can play better."
MSU shut out Detroit 7-0 for the second consecutive season. The Spartans also beat the Titans 7-0 on Jan. 12, 2013. Behind solid singles and doubles play top to bottom, MSU did not drop a single set.
The doubles tandem of junior Harry Jadun and junior Gijs Linders defeated Detroit's Jay Joshi and Chance Conley at the No. 1 position, 6-5(3). Junior Doug Zade and senior Will Davis teamed up to take down Bobby Cawood and Ismail Kadyrov 6-1. Senior Drew Lied and freshman Mac Roy finished off the doubles sweep by beating Rafael Orantes and Patryk Koscielski 6-2.
In singles play, co-captains Aaron Pfister and Lied started out strong on the No. 1 and 2 courts, respectively. Pfister defeated Cawood 6-2, 6-2, while Lied defeated Koscielski 6-0, 6-5(1). On the No. 3 court Linders beat Joshi 6-3, 6-1. Forman beat Orantes 6-5(3), 6-1 on the No. 4 court, Davis defeated Conley 6-0, 6-4 at the No. 5 position, and Roy won against Kadyrov 6-3, 6-4.
The Spartans continued their winning ways by finishing off the day with a 6-1 win over Toledo. The last time these two teams met, on Feb. 4, 2012, MSU was also victorious by the same score.
Jadun and Linders again held the spot at No. 1 doubles but fell to Stjepan Sisko and Mark Singnil 6-5(6). Pfister and Forman held serve on the No. 2 court to defeat Ryan Jorgensen and Nicholas Wong 6-2. Rounding out the doubles action was sophomore John Patrick Mullane and Lied, who beat Garrett Cona and Roberto Meza 6-3.
Lied played on the No. 1 singles court for Saturday's evening match. After dropping the first set and falling behind in the second, Lied rallied to win in three sets, 2-6, 6-3, 6-0. Playing on the No. 2 court, Pfister had no problem with Singnil, winning 6-1, 6-0. Linders cruised to a win on the No. 3 court over Wong, 6-3, 6-1, and Forman took down Meza at the fourth spot, 6-2, 6-0. Jadun defeated Cona in a close three-set match, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. Roy lost in a tight two-set match on the No. 6 court, falling to Jorgensen 6-5(4), 6-5(7).
Forman, playing on the No. 4 singles court, started off a little shaky, defeating Detroit's Orantes in a first-set tiebreaker 6-5(3), but Forman settled down to drop only three total games over the next three sets - defeated Orantes 6-1 in the second set, and then beat Toledo's Meza 6-2, 6-0.
Roy played on the No. 6 singles court and finished the day 1-1. His only loss came to Toledo's Jorgensen in a tightly contested match, where each set was decided in a tiebreaker.
"Definitely those guys will have an impact in the future of our program," Orlando said. "We're going to be counting on them throughout the season so it's great they got off to a good start."
The Spartans will return to the court next Sunday, Jan. 19, as they hit the road to South Bend, Ind., to take on No. 29 Notre Dame.