Feb. 22, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 53 Michigan State men's tennis team snapped a two-match skid and defeated Xavier, 6-1, Saturday afternoon inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. MSU evened up its season record to 5-5, and remain a perfect 5-0 at home this season.
The Spartans were looking to bounce back today from a tough road loss to then-No. 34 Tulsa on Feb. 16.
"It was a really important match for us today," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We lost a heartbreaker to Tulsa and we were picking up the pieces and getting everyone back on the same page. We knew Xavier was going to be a very good team, you could tell earlier on that we were going to have to earn the match."
MSU started the match out quickly, sweeping the doubles and grabbing a 1-0 lead. MSU won the doubles point for the sixth time in 10 matches, and hold a 5-1 record when taking the initial point. Additionally, the Spartans swept all three doubles matches for the fourth time this season.
Sophomore John Patrick Mullane and senior Drew Lied defeated Jimmy Roebker and Mesa Mei, 8-6, and improved to 5-1 on the top doubles court this season. Juniors Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun took down Matt Bishop and Adam Krull, 8-4. Senior Aaron Pfister and freshman Brett Forman claimed the win on court three over Brian Carman and Zach Mueck, 8-5.
MSU continued its strong play by winning five of six singles matches. The senior co-captains Lied and Pfister led the way on courts one and two, respectively, and both earned straight set wins. Lied is 6-3 overall in dual singles play and Pfister is 6-4. On the third court, Mullane won in three sets over Mueck, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. Mullane used many strong service games in the final set to bully his way to the win.
Forman continued his unbeaten record to start the season, running his record up to 7-0 in dual play. He cruised past Bishop, 6-1, 6-3. Jadun picked up the final win of the day for the Spartans on court six, winning 7-6(1), 7-5, over Jeremy Schneider.
"It was a good test for us," Orlando said. "It was a good momentum building block to get us ready for the next match."
The next match up for the Spartans is a trip to Ann Arbor, Mich., Feb. 28 to battle with No. 33 Michigan.
1) Lied/Mullane (MSU) def. Mei/Roebker (XU) 8-6
2) Linders/Jadun (MSU) def. Bishop/Krull (XU) 8-4
3) Pfister/Forman (MSU) def. Carman/Mueck (XU) 8-5
1) Lied (MSU) def. Roebker (XU) 7-5, 7-6(3)
2) Pfister (MSU) def. Mei (XU) 7-6(2), 6-2
3) Mullane (MSU) def. Mueck (XU) 6-3, 5-7, 6-2
4) Krull (XU) def. Linders (MSU) 7-6(2), 4-6, 10-2
5) Forman (MSU) def. Bishop (XU) 6-1, 6-3
6) Jadun (MSU) def. Schneider (XU) 7-6(1), 7-5