EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team dropped a 7-0 decision on Friday, March 24 against #3 Ohio State. The Spartans now stand at 10-9 overall and are still searching for their first win in Big Ten action with an 0-3 record, while the Buckeyes improved to 17-3 and 2-0 in conference action.
"Tough match," said head coach Gene Orlando. "The Buckeyes are a very good team, despite the loss we have a lot of positives to take with us and move into next weeks matches."
In the doubles, sophomore Billy Shisler and freshman Doug Francken fell 6-0 at No. 2 doubles, while junior Brett Forman and sophomore Alexander Kim dropped a 6-3 decision at the No. 3 spot. The Buckeyes claimed the doubles point to leave juniors Jasper Koenen and Michael Dube's match at No. 1 doubles unfinished.
Koenen fell first at No. 3 singles 6-1, 6-0 to #4 Hugo Di Feo and sophomore Ivan Rakic dropped his match at No. 4 singles to Kyle Selig 6-1, 6-2. Kim lost 6-1, 6-1 at No. 5 singles to Martin Joyce and Shisler fell at No. 6 singles 6-2, 6-2.
Dube battled at No. 2 singles and forced a third set but fell 6-7 (3-7), 6-2, 1-0 (10-5) to #98 JJ Wolf. Forman conceded the last match to #1 Mikael Torpegaard 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles.
Michigan State will resume conference play with a two-match weekend road trip, April 1-2. The Spartans will play Purdue on April 1 at 2 p.m., then will turn around and face off against Indiana in Bloomington at 2 p.m. on April 2.