Spartan Tennis Falls To New Mexico, 4-0
MSU returns to East Lansing on Friday for first home match since Jan. 13.
DES MOINES, Iowa -
Michigan State men’s tennis dropped to New Mexico on Saturday afternoon, 4-0, at the Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines, Iowa. The Spartans fall to 3-4 overall on the season, splitting the weekend after a 4-3 win over Drake on Friday night.
“It was a tough, 4-0 loss to New Mexico,” MSU head coach Gene Orlando said. “We gave it our best but couldn’t capitalize on our opportunities to gain momentum to turn that match around. New Mexico was the better team today.”
New Mexico grabbed the doubles point with Bart Van Leijsen and Jorge Escutia topping seniors Brett Forman and Jasper Koenen at No. 1 singles, 6-2, while Dominic West and Ricky Hernandez Tong took down senior Michael Dube and freshman Josh Mukherjee, 6-4. The match-up of freshmen John Carlin and Jack Winkler was up 4-1 against Stepan Holis and Sean Baklini, but left unfinished.
In singles play, Koenen dropped to Holis on court five, 6-1, 6-3 to increase New Mexico’s lead to 2-0. Van Leijsen recorded the win on court one with a 6-4, 6-2 defeat over Brett Forman, bringing the Lobos within one point of the win. Hernandez Tong clinched the win for New Mexico with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Dube.
Carlin and Mukherjee both took the first set at No. 6 and No. 4 singles, respectively, but did not finish. Freshman Davis Wong dropped the first set to West before leaving the match unfinished.
“There are still a lot of positives from the weekend and we are excited to play at home the next three weekends,” Orlando added.
The Spartans open a six-match homestand with Western Michigan on Friday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.