March 12, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team was able to get back on track Wednesday night and gain some momentum heading into the weekend as it topped in-state foe Western Michigan by a final of 6-1. The Spartans improved to 6-7 on the season with the win inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
Wednesday's match marked the first home match the Spartans have played since Feb. 22. MSU remains unbeaten at home, standing at 6-0.
"It was a much needed W today," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We were able to take control of the doubles point right from the get go, and we got some momentum going. It looked like they feel a little more comfortable in singles too."
With the win, MSU was able to avenge last season's 4-3 road loss in Kalamazoo, Mich., to the Broncos.
The Spartans got off to a quick start in doubles, winning all three matches and taking the initial point. MSU has won the doubles point in seven of its 13 matches and is 6-1 in matches in which it claims an early 1-0 lead. The doubles sweep marks the fifth time this season MSU has won all three doubles matches. Senior Drew Lied and sophomore John Patrick Mullane earned the win on the top court, 8-3, juniors Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders won 8-4 on the second court, and senior Aaron Pfister and freshman Brett Forman picked up an 8-5 win on the third court.
In singles, MSU won five of the six matches.
Both freshmen were in the starting lineup tonight, with Forman on court four and Mac Roy on court six. Forman picked up his team-high ninth win of the season by making quick work of Jim Beckwith, 6-1, 6-1. Forman is 9-1 this season, including 5-0 on court four. Roy also cruised past Pablo Mora, 6-1, 6-3, and picked up his third win of the dual season.
Pfister earned a two-set win on court two, 6-3, 6-4, over Andrew Cahn. Pfister is 8-5 this season and 7-2 on court two and has won his last six of eight matches. Mullane also claimed a two-set win on court three, taking down Ruben Greiner 7-5, 6-3. Mullane was won his last three of four. Linders won a three-set match for the Spartans on court five, winning 3-6, 6-0, 11-9 over Matt Hamilton. Lied dropped a tight three-setter on court one, falling 6-7(6), 6-4, 10-2 to Nadin Indre.
MSU wraps up its non-conference portion of the schedule on Saturday, March 15, as it heads to Louisville, Ky., to face the No. 32 Cardinals. After another Big Ten road match at No. 27 Penn State March 21, the Spartans will return back home on March 23 to face the No. 1 team in the nation, Ohio State.
1) Lied/Mullane (MSU) def. Payne/Indre (WMU) 8-3
2) Linders/Jadun (MSU) def. Cahn/Treis (WMU) 8-4
3) Forman/Pfister (MSU) def. Beckwith/Greiner (WMU) 8-5
1) Indre (WMU) def. Lied (MSU) 6-7(6), 6-4, 10-2
2) Pfister (MSU) def. Cahn (WMU) 6-3, 6-4
3) Mullane (MSU) def. Greiner (WMU) 7-5, 6-3
4) Forman (MSU) def. Beckwith (WMU) 6-1, 6-1
5) Linders (MSU) def. Hamilton (WMU) 3-6, 6-0, 11-9
6) Roy (MSU) def. Mora (WMU) 6-1, 6-3