Jan. 25, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. -The No. 47 ranked Michigan State men's tennis team concluded its first match of the ITA Kickoff Weekend in Lexington, Ky., with a 5-2 loss to the hosting Kentucky Wildcats, who are ranked No. 9 in the ITA polls.
The Wildcats gained the early edge by earning the doubles point with two victories in the No. 1 and 3 positions. The 35th ranked duo of Tom Jombi and Kevin Lai earned a victory over juniors Aaron Pfister and Drew Lied 8-5 at No. 1, while freshman JP Mullane and senior Denis Bogatov fell by the same score to Anthony Rossi and Grant Roberts at No. 3. The final doubles match featuring sophomores Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun went unfinished.
The Wildcats continued their early success in singles play with victories at the No. 1 and 2 positions. Pfister fell to Rossi 6-2, 7-6 (7) in the one slot while Lied fell to Jomby 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2.
Linders gave the Spartans a spark with their first point of the match with a 6-3, 6-2 victory in the No. 3 position over Alejandro Gomez. JP Mullane brought the match within one point with a victory at the No. 4 position over Juan Pablo Murra 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.
Despite the late rally from MSU, the Wildcats sealed the victory with a win at the No. 5 position. Bogatov fell to Charles Minc 6-3, 6-0, making the final 4-2.
The match between senior Will Davis and Grant Roberts at the No. 6 slot was unfinished.
The Spartans are back in action tomorrow and will face either Texas or South Carolina.