Forman Launches Michigan State Past Drake, 4-3
The senior clinches the win over the Bulldogs in three sets.
East Lansing, Mich. - In a thrilling match that came down the wire, the Michigan State men’s tennis team captured a 4-3 road victory against Drake at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center on Friday night.
With the win, MSU evened its record at 3-3.
“This was a big 4-3 win for the Spartans on the road against a very good Drake team. We played a great doubles point and got gutty singles performances by freshman John Carlin and seniors Jasper Koenen and Brett Forman! It was a great team win! We have a quick turn around tomorrow with New Mexico tomorrow at 2 p.m. I am very proud of the team tonight,” MSU head coach Gene Orlando said.
Michigan State captured the doubles point to take an early, 1-0, lead. Drake won the first match when the team of Tom Hands and Finley Hall defeated junior Billy Shisler and freshman Jack Winkler, 6-2, at No. 3 doubles. The Spartans stormed back with wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. At the No. 1 spot, the team of senior Brett Forman and senior Jasper Koenen defeated Vinny Gillespie and Barny Thorold, 6-4. The Spartan duo of freshman Josh Mukherjee and senior Michael Dube clinched the point with a 7-6 win over Ben Clark and Ben Wood.
The Bulldogs evened the score at 1-1 when Clark swept Mukherjee, 6-2, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Hands stopped Dube at the No. 2 spot, 6-4, 6-0. The Spartans countered to level the score at 2-2 after freshman John Carlin defeated Drake’s Hall in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6 at the No. 6 spot.
On court five, Koenen captured a hard-fought three-set victory over Wood. Koenen jumped out early taking the first set, 6-3. Wood fired back, taking the second, 5-7. The senior gave MSU its third point by taking the third set 6-4. After Thorold defeated freshman Davis Wong, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, the match came down to No. 1 singles. In a nailbiter, Forman stopped Gillespie 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 to give MSU the 4-3 win.
Michigan State returns to action on Saturday, Feb. 3, taking on New Mexico in Des Moines, Iowa at 3 p.m. ET.