Men's Tennis Hammers No. 71 Hawkeyes, 5-2
March 30, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - After picking up its first conference win of the season Friday night, the Michigan State men's tennis team made it two in a row Sunday afternoon by defeating Iowa, 5-2. The Spartans (8-10, 2-3 Big Ten) took down the 71th-ranked Hawkeyes inside the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.
MSU recorded its second straight win, with both wins coming against nationally ranked, Big Ten teams. MSU is also 8-1 at home this season.
The Spartans were able to claim the doubles point for the ninth time this season, marking an 8-1 record when taking the early 1-0 lead. After dropping the match on court three, senior Drew Lied and sophomore John Patrick Mullane won handily, 8-4, on court one, defeating Michael Swank and Joey White. During Friday's match against Nebraska and then against Iowa, the tandem of Lied and Mullane were able to hold their serves and were not broken once through two matches. With the split on courts one and three, the doubles point would be decided by juniors Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun on court two. Linders and Jadun led 6-4 at one point in the match, but Iowa came back to take a 7-6 lead. Jadun held his serve and MSU was able to force a tiebreak. MSU took control in the tiebreaker and won 8-7(3).
"It was a tough match for us because we were up in all three courts," head coach Gene Orlando said. "We let it slip away at No. 3, and you could feel the momentum changing. It was really great for the guys to step up and get past that moment because there's been moments where we've been there and haven't been able to close. This weekend, we were able to finish. We've got over that moment and we were able to carry that momentum into singles and finish out with a quality win over a ranked team."
In singles, MSU put away the match by winning on four of the six courts. Jadun picked up a 6-3, 6-1 win over Nils Hallestrand on court six, giving MSU a 2-0 lead. Freshman Brett Forman picked his second Big Ten win of the season and defeated Matt Hagan on court three, 6-2, 6-4.
Mullane remains unbeaten in conference play at 5-0 after his 6-0, 7-6(5) win on court two over Juan Estenssoro. Lied notched the final win of the day for the Spartans, winning on straight sets on court one, 6-2, 6-2 over Jonas Dierckx.
For the second straight match, 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.
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