Feb. 9, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team fell to No. 29 Notre Dame, 6-1, at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility today. The 48th-ranked Spartans are now 4-4 on the season, while the Irish move to 5-3.
The Fighting Irish took the doubles point with victories in the No. 1 and 3 positions. Sophomores Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun fell 8-3 in the No. 1 slot to Greg Andrews and Spencer Talmadge, while junior Drew Lied and sophomore Doug Zade fell at the No. 3 position, 8-6. Senior Denis Bogatov and freshman JP Mullane topped Billy Pecor and Alex Lawson at No. 2, 8-4. Junior Aaron Pfister, who has competed at No.1 doubles all season, did not compete due to a back injury.
Notre Dame extended its lead to 3-0 with victories at the No. 5 and 6 singles positions. Senior Will Davis fell to Wyatt McCoy 6-3, 6-4 at No. 6 and Jadun fell to Ryan Bandy 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5.
The Spartans got on the board at the No. 4 spot, where Boagtov defeated Pecor in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. The Irish extended their lead and sealed the match at the No. 2 slot where Linders fell to Moros 6-4, 6-3.
Notre Dame widened their lead with victories in the No. 1 and 3 spots, where Drew Lied fell to Andrews 6-2, 6-3 and Mullane was topped by Quinton Monaghan 6-2,7 -6 (11-9).
The Spartans continue action next weekend when they travel to Virginia to take on the Rams of Virginia Commonwealth University and Hokies of Virginia Tech. MSU will take on VCU on Friday. Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. and will face Virginia Tech on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 12 p.m.