No. 73 Men's Tennis Stumbles Against No. 37 Northwestern, 6-1
April 6, 2014
EVANSTON, Ill. - The 73rd-ranked Michigan State men's tennis team dropped its second Big Ten match of the weekend Sunday, falling to No. 37 Northwestern, 6-1, at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center in Evanston, Ill. The Spartans overall record stands at 8-12 with a 2-5 conference mark.
MSU lost the doubles point by losing on courts one and three. Juniors Gijs Linders and Harry Jadun grabbed a win on court two, defeating Sam Shropshire and Konrad Zieba, 8-2. Linders and Jadun have won their last three matches in a row and are 3-2 in Big Ten play.
In singles, MSU won one of the six matches. The lone point for the Spartans came from senior co-captain Drew Lied on court one. Lied earned his first ranked win of the season by taking down the 37th-ranked singles player in the country, Raleigh Smith, in straight sets, 7-6(5), 6-4. Lied improves his overall record to 9-10 and his conference mark to 3-4.
The Spartans were again without senior co-captain and two-time All-Big Ten player Aaron Pfister, a starter in both the doubles and singles lineups, who went down with an injury in practice last week and was unavailable today.
MSU stays on the road next weekend as it heads to No. 70 Wisconsin on April 11 and No. 51 Minnesota on April 13.
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