March 21, 2014
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Michigan State men's tennis team lost a nail-biter Friday night on the road to No. 27 Penn State. The Spartans (6-9, 0-2 Big Ten) were edged out by a final of 4-3 inside the Indoor Tennis Center in University Park, Pa.
Of MSU's nine losses, three have been decided by a final of 4-3.
MSU lost two of the three doubles matches and fell behind 1-0 early. The Spartans were put in a quick 3-0 hole after senior Aaron Pfister dropped his match on court two and senior Drew Lied was ousted on court one. MSU was not going to go down quietly, though, and made a comeback. Freshman Brett Forman picked up his team-high 10th win of the season by defeating Matt Barry on court four, 7-5, 7-5. Sophomore John Patrick Mullane cut the lead to 3-2 after he won a three-set match on court three against Alex Fennell 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3.
Junior Gijs Linders and freshman Mac Roy competed on courts four and five, respectively, and MSU need both of those wins to complete the comeback. Roy lost a tough three-set match, 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3, to David Kohan and Penn State was able to clinch the match with that win. Linders did go on to win his match, defeating Roman Trkulja, 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3.
MSU hits the courts Sunday afternoon when it hosts No. 2 Ohio State inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility at 12 p.m.
1) #45 Bader/Stakhovsky (PSU) def. Lied/Mullane (MSU) 8-5
2) Reilly/Young (PSU) vs. Linders/Jadun (MSU) 4-6, unfinished
3) Kohan/Lutschaunig (PSU) def. Pfister/Forman (MSU) 8-7(5)
1) #47 Stakhovsky (PSU) def. Lied (MSU) 7-5, 6-4
2) Bader (PSU) def. Pfister (MSU) 6-0, 6-7(4), 6-4
3) Mullane (MSU) def. Fennell (PSU) 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3
4) Forman (MSU) def. Barry (PSU) 7-5, 7-5
5) Linders (MSU) def. Trkulja (PSU) 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3
6) Kohan (PSU) def. Roy (MSU) 5-7, 7-6(2), 6-3