Spartans Split Doubleheader Against Harvard And Niagara
MSU blanks Niagara, 7-0.
EAST LANSING, Mich. -
Michigan State men’s tennis came away with a win and a loss after a Sunday doubleheader at the MSU Indoor Tennis facility. The Spartans (4-6) fell to Harvard (7-2) in the first dual of the day, 4-1, but rallied back to defeat Niagara (0-5), 7-0.
“Obviously the guys are a little bit disappointed that we didn’t get the win against Harvard, but we got better today and that’s all we can ask for,” Michigan State assistant coach Harry Jadun said. “The wins and losses will come and go, but we had five guys in a third set against Harvard who is a really good team. A couple of those didn’t go our way, but if we keep putting ourselves and keep getting better, we’re going to start pulling those out.
“As a coach, you don’t want to say it because it’s not about wins and losses, but getting a win absolutely helps our confidence and helps us moving forward into Memphis because we’re going to have an absolute battle. It’s going to be on our courts again, and we’ve got to bring the noise.”
Starting off the day in doubles competition, Harvard’s No. 3 duo Christopher Morrow and Grant Solomon downed Jack Winkler and John Carlin, 6-2. Brett Forman and Jasper Koenen got the win over Kenny Tao and Logan Weber, 6-4, at No. 1 doubles, but Jean Thirouin and Andy Zhou took down Michael Dube and Josh Mukherjee, 6-4, to take the doubles point.
Carlin put the Spartans on the board with a 7-5, 6-1 win over Solomon, but the Crimson got the next three singles wins to clinch the win, 4-1. Thirouin won against Davis Wong in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. At No. 1 singles, Tao topped Forman, 7-6, 6-2. Zhou claimed the win over Dube on court two in three, dropping the first set 6-4 but coming back with the next two, 6-4, 6-3.
Michigan State swept all three doubles matches against Niagara, taking an early 1-0 lead in the second match of the day. Billy Shisler and Wong took the first win, 6-2, at No. 2 doubles over Brent Boleslav and Josh Wilson. The No. 1 doubles pair of Forman and Koenen clinched the point with a 6-3 victory against Taylan Ozdemir and Eduardo Villalpando, while Carlin and Rakic completed the sweep with a 6-4 defeat versus Pere Padro and Shyam Srinivasan.
The Spartans continued rolling in singles competition, with No. 5 Shisler taking down Srinivasan, 6-0, 6-2, followed by Koenen at No. 3 with a quick, 6-0, 6-1 win over Boleslav. The win was clinched when John Carlin collected a 6-0, 6-1 win over Padro.
To finish the match undefeated, Dube downed Wilson, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 2 singles, Rakic topped Vallalpando, 6-2, 6-4, and Wong won in his first match at No. 1 singles against Ozdemir, 6-4, 6-2, 1-0 (10-4).
MSU continues its homestand with a match against Memphis on Friday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in East Lansing, Michigan.