Spartans Sweep Past Ball State, Detroit Mercy
EAST LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan State men's tennis team swept past Ball State and Detroit Mercy in a doubleheader on Saturday at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
The Spartans began the day with a 4-0 victory over Ball State, then followed with a 5-0 win over the Titans in the nightcap to improve to 6-7 on the season.
"We're excited that the guys stepped up and beat two quality teams today," said MSU head coach Gene Orlando. "We were able to rest Brett Forman today, who has been hampered with an injury, and the team responded. It was a good weekend for us and nice to get some momentum moving forward. We've played a great schedule so far and I feel like we're really progressing and playing well."
MSU took the doubles point over the Cardinals (8-2) by winning two of the three matchups. Josh Mukherjee and Michael Dube made quick work over Nemanja Guzina and Thibault De Negri at No. 1 with a 6-0 shutout, and Jasper Koenen and John Carlin clinched the point with a 6-4 win against Marko Guzina and Conner Andersen at No. 2.
Mukherjee claimed the first singles win in the No. 2 position, defeating Marko Guzina, 6-3, 6-3. Wong followed suit at No. 3, taking down De Negri, 6-3, 6-0.
Koenen sealed the shutout for the Spartans with a 6-2, 6-3 victory against Bryce Bonin at No. 6. Michigan State continued its momentum into the evening with a 5-0 shutout over Detroit Mercy (5-5).
At doubles, Wong and Shisler won at No. 3 over Ismail Kadyrov and Gvidas Motuzas, 6-1, and Dube and Mukherjee won their second match of the day with a 6-2 victory at No. 1 against Jenya Sirous and Artem Vasheshnikov.
Koenen then was back at it in singles, picking up his second win in the sixth spot, this time over Adam Zychowicz, 6-4, 6-2.
Wong also won his second singles match of the day by taking down Luka Soskic in the No. 3 position, 6-4, 6-0.
Dube clinched the second consecutive shutout for the Spartans with his 6-1, 7-5 victory against Vasheshnikov at No. 1. Mukherjee was also credited with a win at No. 2 singles after his 6-4, 6-2 win over Nathan Ponton came right after Dube's win.
Michigan State will take some time off with an upcoming spring break trip to Florida before returning to action March 9 at Tulane in New Orleans at 1 p.m.