March 24, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 53 Michigan State men's tennis team defeated the 64th ranked Badgers of Wisconsin 7-0 on Sunday to move to 7-9 on the season and 1-2 in conference play. With the loss, the Badgers are now 10-4 on the season and 1-2 in the conference.
The Green and White jumped out to an early 1-0 lead by taking the singles point with wins at the No. 1 and 3 positions. Sophomores Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders put in their second impressive doubles performance of the weekend with an 8-6 victory over Billy Bertha and Alexander Kostanov.
Junior Drew Lied and freshman JP Mullane redeemed themselves after a close loss yesterday by defeating Oskar Wikberg and Jakhongir Jalalov 8-4 to seal the point for the Spartans. The match at No. 2 between Aaron Pfister/Christian Roehmer and Petr Satral/Alexander Kokorev went unfinished.
Both Jadun and Lied matched impressive performances yesterday against Minnesota and picked up wins at the No. 5 and 2 singles slots to extend the Spartan lead to 3-0. Lied topped Kostanov in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, while Jadun matched the performance with a 6-4, 6-2 win against Jalalov.
With the 3-0 lead, MSU needed just one more point with three remaining singles matches still being contested.
After a series of narrow defeats, the Spartans wasted no time sealing the victory against the Badgers. With a 7-6, 6-2 victory in the No. 5 slot, Christian Roehmer gave the Spartans the 4-0 victory; one that snapped a three match skid and gave MSU its first conference win of the season.
The Spartans refused to let up, as Linders kept the perfect match alive for the Green and White with a 6-1, 7-5 win in the No. 4 slot over Wikberg, and Pfister followed in the No. 1 position with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 1 over Bertha.
Mullane was able to clinch the perfect 7-0 victory for the Spartans with a 7-5, 7-6 (9-7) win at the No. 3 position against Satral.
The Spartans will look to build their momentum and pick up a pair of conference wins next weekend when they travel to Indiana for a pair of matches against Indiana and Purdue. MSU will face Indiana on Friday, March 29 at 12 p.m. before heading to West Lafayette to face Purdue on Sunday, March 31 at 12 p.m.