March 20, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team suffered its second loss of the season this afternoon, falling to in-state rival Michigan, 6-1, in its conference opener. The Spartans fell in two of the doubles matches, and earned a point in singles play as freshman Aaron Pfister defeated Chris Madden in the No. 5 slot, 6-2, 6-4, to stay undefeated in dual singles matches.
MSU earned a victory in doubles play in the No. 1 spot as the senior tandem of Jason Norville and John Stratton defeated Jung and Bernstein, 9-7, to move to 7-3 in dual matches this season. Pfister and senior Austin Brooks fell to King and Buzzi at No. 2 doubles, 8-6, while senior Clark Richardson and junior Mat Nelson were defeated by Franks and Madden, 9-8 (5), in the No. 3 position.
In singles play, sophomore Denis Bogatov fell to Evan King, 6-2, 6-1, in the No. 1 spot, while junior Ronnie Hulewicz was defeated by Jason Jung, 1-6, 7-6 (6), 1-0. Brooks fell to Bernstein at No. 3, 6-3, 6-2, and Stratton was defeated in the No. 4 spot by Franks, 6-4, 7-6 (5). In the sixth position, freshman Drew Lied fell 6-3, 6-4 to Rossi.
The Spartans continue conference action next weekend when they travel to face the Hoosiers of Indiana on Friday, March 25 at 2 p.m. before traveling to West Lafayette to face Purdue on Sunday, March 27 at 12 p.m.