EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men’s tennis team dropped a 6-1 match to Penn State at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility on Sunday afternoon, March. 19. Michigan State moved to 10-8 on the year and 0-2 in Big Ten action. Penn State improved to 9-4 and started conference 1-0.
The young group of freshman Doug Francken and sophomore Colin Harvey played doubles as a team for the first time and dropped a 6-2 decision at No. 2 doubles. Junior Michael Dube and sophomore Jasper Koenen had a bounce back for the Spartans picking up a 6-1 win at No. 1 doubles. Junior Brett Forman and sophomore Alexander Kim battled but lost 7-5 at No. 3 doubles to concede the doubles point to give PSU the 1-0 advantage heading into singles play.
Dube was the lone victor for the Spartans at No. 3 singles. The Livonia, Mich. native defeated C. Antonopoulos 6-2, 6-5. Michigan State dropped its other five singles matches, but sophomore Ivan Rakic fought till the end. After falling 4-6 in the first set he bounced back for a 6-1 win but ultimately fell 1-0 (10-5) in the third set.
C. De La Bassetiere defeated Brett Forman 6-4, 7-6 at No. 1 singles. Christian Lakoseljac defeated Koenen 7-5, 6-4 at the No. 2 singles.
Michigan State will have just one match this weekend as they take to the road to match up against Ohio State. The Spartans will travel to Columbus, Ohio on March 24 for a 6 p.m. match time.