March 23, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 53rd ranked Spartan tennis squad fell to the Minnesota Golden Gophers today at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility, 4-3. With the narrow loss, the Spartans are now 6-9 on the season and 0-2 in the conference. Minnesota moves to 5-8 on the season and 1-1 in the conference.
The Gophers jumped out to the early lead by taking the doubles point with wins at the No. 2 and 3 positions. Rok Bonin and Juan Pablo Ramirez defeated junior Aaron Pfister and senior Will Davis in the No. 2 slot 8-4, while junior Drew Lied and freshman JP Mullane fell in one of the most contested doubles matches of the season to Leandro Toledo and Eric Frueh, 9-8. Sophomores Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun had an impressive outing in the No. 1 slot, taking down Jack Hamburg and Mathieu Froment, 8-4.
The Spartans were able to come back with a win in singles at the No. 2 position, where Drew Lied earned a quick 6-2, 6-1 victory over Toledo to tie the match at one. MSU jumped out to a 2-1 lead with a victory in the No. 6 spot, where Harry Jadun took down Ruben Weber in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4.
But the Gophers quickly tied the match again with a win in the No. 3 position, where Mullane fell to Jack Hamburg 6-2, 6-3. Minnesota took its first lead of the match since winning the doubles point with a win at the No. 5 singles spot, where senior Christian Roehmer fell 6-4, 6-4 to Ramirez.
Despite a 6-4 loss in the first set, Linders was able to win a pair of 6-4 sets to take the match for the Spartans and tie it up at three.
In the most tightly contested match of the day, Pfister went back and forth with Rok Bonin, the 36th ranked singles player in the nation. Pfister took the early lead with a 7-6 (7-2) score in the first set, but Bonin struck back with a 7-6 victory of his own. The match came down to the third and final set, where Bonin earned the 6-3 win to give the Gophers the 4-3 victory.
The Spartans will have a chance to pick up a win tomorrow, March 24, against the Badgers of Wisconsin. Match time is set for 12 p.m. at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.