March 31, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 51 Michigan State Spartan men's tennis team earned a 6-1 victory this afternoon over the 60th ranked Purdue Boilermakers, moving to 2-3 in conference play and 8-10 overall. The Spartans were topped by Indiana on Friday 6-1, but were able to finish the weekend on a high note with a convincing win over Purdue. The Boilermakers now move to 14-6 on the season and 1-3 in conference action.
Michigan State head coach Gene Orlando recorded his 300th career victory following the win at Purdue. In his 22nd season at MSU, Orlando has now compiled 269 wins. He also spent three years at Bowling Green, where he won 31 matches.
MSU began the match by earning the doubles point with victories in the No. 2 and 3 positions. Sophomores Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun fell at the No. 1 position 8-0 to Szymon Tatarczyk and Krisztian Krocsko to start things off, but the Boilermakers weren't able to seal the point thanks to determined Spartans in the No. 2 and 3 positions. Junior Drew Lied and freshman JP Mullane evened the doubles contest up with an 8-5 victory at No. 3 over Mark Kovacs and Pawel Poziomski, leaving the point in the hands of senior Denis Bogatov and junior Aaron Pfister.
In a tightly contested match, Pfister and Bogatov allowed the Spartans to jump out to an early 1-0 lead with a 9-7 victory over Diego Acosta and Aaron Dujovne.
The Boilermakers tied the match at one with a quick victory in the No. 5 position, where Linders was defeated by Krocsko 6-1, 6-3. But it was all Spartans from there, as Purdue was unable to secure another point.
The Spartans extended their lead to 3-1 with straight set wins from Bogatov in the No. 3 slot and Lied at No. 2. Bogatov topped Acosta 6-3, 6-3, while Lied defeated Kovacs 6-2, 6-4.
Sealing the match for the Spartans was Jadun, who came back in the No. 6 slot after losing the first set to defeat Mateus Silva 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 and give the Spartans their second conference win of the season.
Pfister and Mullane both earned three-set victories at the No. 1 and 4 positions respectively, giving the Spartans the convincing 6-1 win. Pfister defeated Tatrczyk 6-4, 4-6, 7-5, while Mullane topped Dujovne 3-6, 7-6, 6-3.
The Spartans will return home next weekend when they host another pair of Big Ten opponents. MSU will face Northwestern on Saturday, April 6 at 12 p.m. before hosting Illinois on Sunday, April 7 at 12 p.m. Pending weather, both matches are scheduled to be played at the MSU Outdoor Tennis Courts.