Jan. 26, 2014
KNOXVILLE, TENN. - The No. 49 Michigan State men's tennis team lost its second straight match of the weekend on Sunday, losing 4-0 to No. 34 North Carolina State at the Goodfriend Tennis Center in Knoxville, Tenn. MSU (2-3) was competing in the consolation match of the ITA Kick-Off Weekend tournament after losing to host No. 6 Tennessee 4-1 on Saturday.
"A tough weekend for the Spartans," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We had our chances in both matches but when the match was on the line we were unable to push through."
The ITA Kick-Off Weekend serves as a qualifying event to the National Team Indoor Championships Feb. 14-17 in Houston, Texas. Fifteen sites across the country are hosting a four-team tournament this weekend with the winner of each site advancing.
After winning its first two matches of the year, MSU has dropped its last three in a row. All three losses have been to opponents ranked higher than the Spartans - No. 29 Notre Dame, No. 6 Tennessee and No. 34 NC State - and all losses have been on courts away from East Lansing.
MSU returns to the court Saturday as it will host a doubleheader of Ball State at 12 p.m. and Eastern Illinois at 6 p.m.
1. #82 Thomas Weigel (NC-STATE) def. Aaron Pfister (MSU) 6-5 (7-5), 6-5 (7-2)
2. #50 Austin Powell (NC-STATE) vs. Drew Lied (MSU) 2-6, 6-3, 2-2, unfinished
3. #76 Robbie Mudge (NC-STATE) vs. John Patrick Mullane (MSU) 6-3, 1-6, 2-1, unfinished
4. #83 Nick Horton (NC-STATE) def. Gijs Linders (MSU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Sean Weber (NC-STATE) vs. Brett Forman (MSU) 5-6 (4-7), 4-5, unfinished
6. Simon Norenius (NC-STATE) def. Harry Jadun (MSU) 6-4, 6-5 (7-5)
1. Sean Weber/Nick Horton (NC-STATE) def. Gijs Linders/Harry Jadun (MSU) 6-1
2. Robbie Mudge/Ian Dempster (NC-STATE) def. Drew Lied/John Patrick Mullane (MSU) 6-2
3. Beck Bond/Austin Powell (NC-STATE) vs. Brett Forman/Aaron Pfister (MSU) 2-3, unfinished