April 6, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The No. 49 Spartan tennis team earned an impressive victory in their first match of the weekend, defeating the 29th ranked Northwestern Wildcats 5-2 at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility. The Spartans were able to capture the doubles point and first three singles matches to clinch the win. MSU is now 9-10 overall this dual season and 3-3 in the conference. With the loss, Northwestern is moves to 17-6 overall and 3-3 in the conference.
MSU jumped out to an early 1-0 lead with doubles victories at the No. 1 and No. 3 positions. Freshman JP Mullane and sophomore Drew Lied defeated Alex Pasareanu and Chris Jackman 8-2 at the No. 3 spot, while sophomore Harry Jadun and Gijs Linders earned a victory in a back and forth match at the No. 1 position 8-6 over Spencer Wolf and Mihir Kumar.
The Spartans gained momentum early in singles play and never looked back, earning straight set victories in the first three matches. Pfister claimed the first victory for the Green and White, and was quickly followed by wins from Mullane at No. 4 and Linders at No. 5 to seal the victory. Pfister topped Wolf at No. 1 6-4, 6-3, while Mullane defeated Kumar 6-3, 6-3, and Linders edged Pasareanu 7-6, 6-2.
The Wildcats earned their first point of the match at the No. 6 position, where Jackman defeated Jadun, 7-6, 6-4. Sidarth Balaji earned the second point for Northwestern in the No. 3 slot, topping Bogatov 6-1, 6-7, 6-3.
In the final match of the afternoon, Drew Lied earned the fifth and hardest fought point for the Spartans. After falling 6-2 in the first set, Lied battled back to win the second set 6-2 and the third 7-6 (7-3).
The Spartans will be back in action on Sunday, April 7 when they host No. 28 Illinois at the MSU Indoor Tennis Facility.