Feb. 23, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 50 Spartan men's tennis team earned a victory in their first match of a doubleheader on Saturday, Feb. 23 as they took down the Cardinals of Ball State, 6-1.
MSU jumped out to a quick start against the Cardinals, earning victories in the No. 1 and 2 doubles positions to seal the first point. Junior Aaron Pfister paired with senior Denis Bogatov at No. 1, where they defeated Dalton Albertin and Ray Leonard, 8-6. The sophomore duo of Harry Jadun and Gijs Linderstook the match fro the Spartans at the No. 2 position, 8-4 over Cliff Morrison and Patrick Elliott.
With the 1-0 lead, the Spartans built on their momentum and took five of six singles matches to put away the match. Pfister and fellow junior Drew Liedled the way at the top two positions, respectively. Pfister took down Leonard 6-4, 6-3, while Lied topped Cliff Morrison 6-4, 7-6 (10-8).
Linders and freshman JP Mullane kept up the winning ways for the Spartans by earning victories in the No. 3 and 4 slots. After taking the first set 6-4, Mullane fell 1-6 in the second set. He came away with a hard-fought a 7-5 win in the third set over Albertin to earn the victory. Linders defeated Alexandre Brym 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 10-7 at the No. 4 spot.
Bogatov continued his success from doubles play by earning a 6-4, 6-1 victory at the No. 5 singles slot over Elliott.
The Cardinals earned their lone point at No. 6 singles, where senior Will Davisfell to Austin Smith 4-6, 6-2, 10-6.
Following the match, the Spartans traveled to Ft. Wayne, Ind. for the nightcap of the doubleheader against IPFW, where MSU was able to cruise to another 6-1 victory.
The Spartans didn't show any fatigue from the early match and took all three doubles matches to jump out with the 1-0 lead. Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun moved up to the No. 1 spot, where they took down Daniel Kang and Joao Freitas, 8-6. Drew Lied and JP Mullane played at the No. 2 position, defeating Martin Muadi and Connor Andrews, 8-4. Sophomore Doug Zade and senior Christian Roehmer turned in an impressive first performance of the weekend at the No. 3 position, blanking Jonathan Raa and Andres Cobos, 8-0.
The Spartans mirrored their performance in singles play from the afternoon match against the Cardinals, taking five of the six contests and falling only at the No. 6 position.
Pfister led the way once again at No. 1, topping Daniel Kang 3-6, 6-1, 10-8. After an impressive performance at No. 1 doubles and No. 5 singles against Ball State, Denis Bogatovmoved up to No. 2 and cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Andres Cobos.
Linders moved back up to the No. 3 position and topped Andrews 6-3, 6-2. Will Davis was able to rebound after a narrow loss at No. 6 singles in the afternoon to earn a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Jonathan Raa at No. 4. Picking up the last point for the Green and White was Harry Jadun, who defeated Freitas in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 at No. 5.
Muati defeated Roehmer at No. 6, 6-4, 3-6, 10-4 to give the Mastadons their lone point.
With the two victories, MSU is now an even 6-6 on the season heading into an off weekend. The Spartans will return to action on March 8, when they travel to Kalamazoo to face the Broncos of Western Michigan at 1 p.m.