March 29, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The 51st ranked Spartan netters fell in their first match of the weekend today, losing to the Hoosiers of Indiana, 6-1, in Bloomington. With the loss, MSU is now 7-10 on the season and 1-3 in the conference, while Indiana moves to 10-9 on the season and 2-1 in conference play. The Spartans will head to head to West Lafayette on Sunday to take on No. 60 Purdue.
The Hoosiers jumped out early by taking the doubles point with wins in the first two positions. Isade Juneau and Sam Monette took down sophomores Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun 8-2 at No. 1, while junior Aaron Pfister and senior Christian Roehmer fell 8-1 to Josh MacTaggart and Daniel Bednarczyk. The match at No. 3 between Drew Lied/JP Mullane and Dimitrije Tasic/Chris Essick was suspended.
The Hoosiers never looked back after winning the doubles point, taking five of six singles matches. Linders earned the lone point for the Spartans at the No. 5 position, 3-6, 6-4, 10-5.
MacTaggart built of his victory in doubles with an impressive showing at the No. 1 singles spot, defeating Pfister 6-1, 6-3. After two impressive performances last weekend, Drew Lied fell at the No. 2 position to Monette 7-6, 6-2.
Senior Denis Bogatov returned to the lineup after sitting out last weekend, falling in the No. 3 slot to Juneau, 6-0, 6-1. Tasic defeated Mullane 6-1, 6-1, while Jadun fell to Essick 6-7, 6-4, 14-12.
The Spartans will look to rebound on Sunday against the Boilermakers of Purdue at 12 p.m.