Jan. 12, 2013
EAST LANSING - The Michigan State men's tennis team opened the 2013 dual season with two victories today in a doubleheader at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The Spartans began the day with a narrow 4-3 victory over Wright State, and followed it with a 7-0 sweep in the afternoon over the Titans of Detroit.
Head Coach Gene Orlando was pleased to see the Spartans come out strong against the Titans after a slow start this morning against Wright State.
"I think we learned a lot from the morning match. Wright State challenged us, and you have to give them credit. We came out against Detroit with much more confidence and attacked them instead of letting them attack us," Orlando said.
"We have bigger matches ahead of us and we have to continue to improve. Memphis and Vanderbilt are both ranked, and we scheduled more difficult teams in an effort to get to the tournament so it's going to be tough. I think we will be ready."
MSU 4, Wright State 3
Juniors Drew Lied and Aaron Pfister earned the lone double victory in the one position, taking down Hayden Joblin and Jamison Clark 8-4. In the two slot, sophomore Harry Jadun and senior Denis Bogatov fell in a close match to Lauri Makikalli and Michael Lyzwa, 8-6. Sophomore Doug Zade and freshman JP Mullane also fell in a narrow match at No. 3, 8-5.
Pfister led the way for MSU in singles play, earning a convincing win in the one slot 6-0, 6-1 against Lauri Makikalli. Bogatov earned the second win for the Spartans at No. 4, taking down Jami Clark 6-4, 6-1. Lied and sophomore Gijs Linders sealed the win for MSU with close victories in the second and third positions. After falling in the first set 4-6, Linders came back in impressive fashion, taking the next two sets 6-6, 6-0 against Ricardo Pineda. Lied topped Joblin 6-2, 7-6 (3) at No. 2.
In the closest match of the afternoon, senior Will Davis fell to Michael Lyzwa 7-6 (7), 4-6, 10-8. Freshman Thomas Caputo rounded out singles play in the six position with a 7-6 (3), 6-3 loss to Dan Hyman.
MSU 7, Detroit 0
The Spartans continued their success in the second match of the doubleheader, earning a 7-0 sweep over the Titans. After struggling in doubles play against Wright State, MSU made adjustments and earned three victories to start the match against Detroit.
In the one position, Linders and Jadun topped Alex Latosinsky and Mike Basha, 8-5 while Mullane and Bogatov defeated Larry Brown and and Chris Cheung in the No. 2 slot, 8-2. The closest doubles match came in the No. 3 position, where Zade and Will Davis edged Jay Joshi and Rafael Orantes, 8-7.
In singles play, Pfister and Lied earned their second victories of the day in the first and second positions, respectively. Pfister topped Pablo Nunez 4-1, who retired the match early due to injury, while Lied defeated Latosinsky in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Also notching his second singles victory of the day, Linders topped Basha 6-2, 6-3.
Adding the other victories for the Spartans was Mullane, freshman Thomas Caputo, and senior Christian Roehmer. Mullane topped Cheung in 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 4 spot, while Caputo defeated Joshi 6-3, 6-3 in the No. 5 spot. In the closest singles match against the Titans, Roehmer topped Orantes 7-5, 6-4.
The Spartans continue action next week when they head to road to face Memphis on Jan. 18 and Vanderbilt on Jan. 20.