Feb. 17, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Spartan men's tennis team fell in its final match of the weekend to the No. 46 Virginia Tech, 5-2. No. 48 MSU is now 4-6 on the season, while VT moves to 6-2 overall.
The Hokies jumped to an early lead by taking all three doubles matches. The 11th ranked duo of Andres Bjerrehus and Amerigo Contini topped sophomores Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders in the No. 1 spot, while senior Denis Bogatov and freshman JP Mullane fell at the No. 2 slot to Hunter Koontz and Lucas Oliveira. In the No. 3 spot, junior Drew Lied and sophomore Doug Zade fell to Trpimir Kujundzic and Marko Lovrinovic, 8-3.
The Spartans were able to fight back in singles play, splitting the first four matches with Virginia Tech to make the score 3-2. Bogatov put the Spartans on the board at the No. 5 spot, defeating Mauricio Antun 6-1, 6-1, and Mullane earned a 6-3, 7-5 victory in the No. 4 slot over Oliveira.
Linders was defeated by Hunter Koontz at No. 3, 6-1, 7-5 and senior Will Davis fell at No. 6 to Trpimir Kujundzic, 6-3, 2-6, 6-2.
With the Hokies up 3-2, the match would be decided at the top of the singles lineup with Lied and junior Aaron Pfister both in matches against nationally ranked opponents. Despite a tough effort, the Hokies sealed the match at No. 2, where Lied fell 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 to 44th ranked Bjerrehus. Pfister was topped at No. 1 against No. 65 Contini 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 to make the final match score 5-2 in favor of the Hokies.
The Spartans will hit the road once again next weekend when they travel to Indiana for a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 23 against Ball State and IPFW. MSU will face Ball State at 1 p.m., followed by IPFW at 7 p.m.