March 28, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The Michigan State men's tennis team picked up its first conference win of the season Friday night by upsetting No. 58 Nebraska. The Spartans outlasted the Cornhuskers 4-3 inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The win for the Spartans snapped their three-match losing streak and improved their overall record to 7-10, and their conference mark to 1-3. The win was also MSU's first against a ranked opponent this season.
MSU is 7-1 at home this season.
MSU claimed the doubles point for the eighth time this season, improving to 7-1 when doing so. Senior Drew Lied and sophomore John Patrick Mullane earned the win on court one, defeating Brandon Videtich and Bradford Zitsch, 8-6. Juniors Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun clinched the doubles point with an 8-6 win on court two over Beauregard Treyz and Marc Herrmann.
"It was good just to be able to close the matches out," head coach Gene Orlando said of the doubles point. "Once we got a little deeper into the matches, we've been there before and to see number one clinch it and then number two close it out it was really good. It gave us some momentum heading into singles."
In singles, MSU was able to win three of the six matches. Mullane, playing on the No. 2 court, got things going with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Marc Herrmann. Mullane upped his record to 4-0 in Big Ten play this season. For his career, the sophomore is 12-2 in conference action,
Freshman Mac Roy made the score 3-0 after his 6-3, 7-5 win on court six over Charlie Shin. Linders clinched the match on court four with a 6-4, 6-3 win against Andrew Dzulynsky.
The Spartans were without senior co-captain Aaron Pfister, a starter in both the doubles and singles lineups, who went down with an injury earlier in the week.
MSU caps its weekend home stand when it hosts No. 71 Iowa on Sunday at 12 p.m. inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
1) Lied/Mullane (MSU) def. Videtich/Zitsch (NEB) 8-6
2) Jadun/Linders (MSU) def. Treyz/Herrmann (NEB) 8-6
3) Boyer/Elsass (NEB) def. Zade/Davis (MSU) 8-3
1) Boyer (NEB) def. Lied (MSU) 6-4, 6-4
2) Mullane (MSU) def. Herrmann (NEB) 6-4, 6-0
3) Blackwell (NEB) def. Forman (MSU) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
4) Linders (MSU) def. Dzulynsky (NEB) 6-4, 6-3
5) Stavropoulos (NEB) def. Davis (MSU) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0(10-3)
6) Roy (MSU) def. Shin (NEB) 6-3, 7-5