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Western Michigan Gets Past Spartans, 5-2

Feb. 9, 2018

Final Stats

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Western Michigan defeated the Michigan State men's tennis team, 5-2, Friday night at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The Spartans (3-5) opened the dual by winning the doubles point, but the Broncos (7-1) claimed five singles matches to earn in the victory.

"I told the guys after the match that we just didn't execute," said MSU head coach Gene Orlando. "We had opportunities to finish points, but we weren't able to close them, and we just couldn't get the momentum back after winning the doubles point. As much as we fought, they always had control, and we weren't able to fight through.

"We have two more opportunities on Sunday. It's great to be home and we'll be ready to face Harvard and Niagara. It's about the next play and the next match. It's part of the process and we're excited to get back at it in a couple of days."

MSU captured the doubles point in comeback fashion, as the No. 1 Spartan duo of Brett Forman and Jasper Koenen rallied to defeat Matt Steiner and Nick Schnobel, 7-6 (7-5) in the deciding match.

Forman and Koenen were down 5-2, but tied the match at 5 before forcing a tiebreak. In the tiebreaker, the Spartan duo got off to a 4-0 start before eventually winning 7-5.

At No. 3 doubles, Jack Winkler and John Carlin topped Kennosuke Nouchi and Eric Olivarez, 6-4. Michael Dube and Josh Mukherjee fell at No. 2 doubles to Jannik Opitz and Billy Heckman, 6-4.



Western Michigan won the first singles decision, as Jasper Koenen fell at No. 5 to Matej Svjetlicic, 6-1, 6-4, but MSU's Michael Dube put the Spartans back on top, 2-1, with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Kennosuke Nouchi at No. 2.

The Broncos won the next four matches, however, to seal the victory. Forman dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision to Steiner in the No. 1 matchup, while Mukherjee lost to Lenhard Haupt at No. 4, 7-5, 6-3. WMU's Eric Olivarez clinched the dual with a 6-3, 6-4 win against John Carlin at No. 6 singles.

At No. 3 singles, Davis Wong won the first set over Opitz, 7-5, but fell in the final two sets, 6-4 and 7-5.

Michigan State returns to action for a doubleheader on Sunday against Harvard (noon) and Niagara (4 p.m.) at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.

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