March 8, 2014
BOSTON, Mass. - The Michigan State men's tennis team lost its second straight match on Saturday, falling by a final of 5-2 to Harvard. The No. 33-ranked Crimson were too much for the Spartans inside the Murr Center in Boston, Mass. MSU's record falls to 5-7.
The Spartans have lost their last four of five matches and are still looking to defeat their first ranked opponent of the season.
All three doubles matches were decided by two games or less, but none went in the favor of the Spartans. Senior Drew Lied and sophomore John Patrick Mullane fell 8-6 on court one, juniors Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun lost 8-6 on court two, and senior Aaron Pfister and freshman Brett Forman lost 8-7 in a tiebreaker on court three.
In singles, MSU was able to tally a pair of wins on courts four and five. Forman defeated Brian Yeung on the No. 4 court, 6-4, 7-6. Forman improved his spring dual season record to 8-1, and is 4-1 when playing on the fourth court. Linders won a three-set match over Alex Steinroeder on court five, 7-6, 4-6, 10-1.
MSU will return home March 12 for a midweek matchup with in-state foe Western Michigan. Live scoring will be available on www.msuspartans.com for the Western Michigan match. MSU wraps up its non-conference slate March 15 when it travels to Louisville, Ky., to take on the No. 29 Cardinals.