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Spartans Fall to No. 14 Michigan in Big Ten Opener

March 17, 2017

Final Stats

EAST LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan State men’s tennis team fell to No. 14 Michigan, 7-0, Friday night in the Big Ten opener at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.

“The Wolverines were the better team tonight,” said MSU head coach Gene Orlando. “Despite the score, I thought the team competed hard and gave it their best. We’ll learn from this and move on for Sunday’s match against another good team in Penn State. We had a great crowd that provided a lot of energy, and they saw some great tennis tonight.”

Michigan (11-3) opened the match by taking the doubles point, but two Spartans won their first sets in singles, as Brett Forman and Alexander Kim got out to early leads at No. 1 and No. 5 singles, respectively. After going up 6-3 over Jathan Malik at No. 1 singles, Forman battled but dropped consecutive sets, 6-0, 6-2. Kim edged No. 104-ranked Kevin Wong, 7-6, in the first set; however, Kim lost 6-1 in the second before falling in a 10-6 tiebreaker in the third set.

Alex Knight beat Jasper Koenen (6-3, 6-0) at No. 2 singles and No. 58 Myles Schalet defeated Michael Dube at No. 3 (6-3, 6-3).

Ivan Rakic fell to Carter Lin at No. 4 singles, 6-2, 6-3, while Connor Johnston topped Billy Shisler, 6-2, 6-2, at No. 6.

The Spartans (10-7) return to action Sunday to face Penn State at noon in the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.



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